HEAT Academy: Carnival Cruise Lines Scholarship Program
Now in its fifteenth year of existence, the Carnival Scholarship Program was developed in collaboration with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. This program continues to enable 15 fifth-grade students from Paul L. Dunbar, Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. and Riverside Elementary schools who are currently enrolled in HEAT Academy and go on to participate in the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program, to be eligible for a four-year tuition scholarship to an accredited Florida college or university of their choice upon graduating high school..
Over the previous fourteen years, Carnival Foundation has purchased a total of 210 scholarships with an estimated value of more than $2.5 million. As part of the program, the Florida Prepaid College Foundation will match Carnival’s donation dollar-for-dollar to fund these scholarships. The Class of 2017 will be the eighth group of former HEAT Academy students eligible to apply for the Carnival Scholarship prior to their graduation.
In April 2016, the seventh HEAT Academy / Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program graduating class was awarded 15 Carnival Scholarships. Carnival has presented 106 students with scholarships over the past seven years.