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HEAT Announces Scholarship Recipients

Jun 12 2008 3:03PM

MIAMI, 06/11 – The Miami HEAT announced today the four recipients of its 2008 HEAT Scholarships: the Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship, the Dr. Jack Ramsay Scholarship and two HEAT Scholarships. In its 12th year, the HEAT Scholarships offer $10,000 in scholarship funds to high school seniors attending school in Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach counties. The scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, are awarded based on excellent academic performance, outstanding community service and financial need.  

 The following individuals are recipients of the HEAT Scholarships: 

Robertson Auguste is the recipient of the Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship, which is awarded to the student based on excellent academic performance, outstanding community service, participation in sports and a demonstrated financial need. A senior at Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School in Miami, Robertson currently holds a weighted 3.20 GPA, while playing varsity football and basketball, as well as being a part of the track and field team. He also volunteers during his free time at Voices for Children Foundation, Inc. and the Miami Science Museum. He will attend the University of Central Florida, majoring in engineering.  

Angela Pierre is the recipient of the Dr. Jack Ramsay Scholarship, which is awarded to the student based on excellent academic performance, outstanding community service and who plans to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism or sports communication. Angela is a senior at the School for Advanced Studies at Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus and holds a weighted 3.57 GPA. She is the secretary and treasurer of her school’s Multicultural Club and Future Business Leaders of America. Additionally, Angela is a part of the National Honor Society as well as being part of the school’s math club, Mu Alpha Theta. Among her numerous accomplishments, Angela founded a club at her school called F.A.I.T.H (Facilitating Adolescence In Truth & High School) which offers tutoring assistance to her fellow high school students. Angela will attend University of Florida and will major in mass communications. 

Araixa Ruiz is a recipient of the HEAT Scholarship, which is given to two students based on excellent academic performance, outstanding community service and a demonstrated financial need. Araixa is a senior at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Miami and holds a 3.57 GPA. She is a member of her school’s National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Science Honors Society, Law Club and Key Club. Additionally, she volunteers for the City of North Miami Beach Parks and Recreation department, Miami Children’s Cardiac Hospital as well as the Lotus House homeless shelter for women and babies. Araixa will attend the University of Florida. Her major is undecided.  

Michelle Wu, a senior at Coral Gables Senior High School, is the second recipient of the HEAT Scholarship. Michelle has an astonishing weighted 6.52 GPA, which ranks in the top two percent of her graduating class. She is involved with her high school's Model United Nations where she serves as treasurer, and she is the president of her school’s National Honor Society. She also volunteers with Hands on Miami as a Youth Program Director and volunteers at Mercy Hospital in the Nursing, Pharmacy and Orthopedic Service departments. She will be attending Duke University majoring in Political Science and Economics.