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HEAT Scholarship Winner Gets Twice As Nice Surprise

Jun 9 2004 2:58PM
Last Friday morning was quite the happy ending to a stressful week of final exams for Hialeah High School senior Annery Pulgar. Not only did she learn that she was a recipient of one of four annual HEAT Scholarships, but she was delivered the news straight from HEAT star Caron Butler himself, who, joined by Burnie the HEAT mascot and school faculty, was waiting for her in the schoolís front office to surprise her with a $2,500 check presentation.

A proud and deserving recipient of a HEAT Scholarship, Pulgar, graduating with a 5.17 GPA and No. 8 in her class out of nearly 1,000, has been accepted to the University of Miami and has a long list of impressive accolades to follow her. As winner of the Miami Herald and Nuevo Herald Silver Knight Award in Social Sciences, the Hispanic Heritage Gold Medallion Award for community service, the Ford Salute For Education Award, the Ronald McDonald House Charities/Hispanic American Commitment To Educational Resources Scholarship Award, the Fair and Expo Scholarship Award and several other scholarships and recognitions, Pulgar managed to excel in academics while simultaneously involving herself in her school and community.

Putting in hundreds of community service hours, including time working with the Special Olympics, the Community Citizenship Drive, the 7th Annual Power 96 Thanks For Giving Marathon, various food drives and interning for Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, she also found the time to take active roles in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Junior Academy of Science, Law Club, peer mediation, Varsity Cheerleading and Fashion Club.

This is the eighth consecutive year that the HEAT, in conjunction with the HEAT Family Outreach Charitable Fund, has bestowed three $2,500 Miami HEAT Scholarship awards. These scholarships are given to graduating seniors who have excelled in the areas of academics and community service throughout high school and who need additional financial assistance in order to attend an accredited college or university.

In addition, the HEAT annually awards one $2,500 Jack Ramsay Scholarship to an eligible graduating high school senior who aspires to pursue a degree and career in sports journalism at an accredited college or university. This scholarship was created in honor of Dr. Jack Ramsay, Hall of Fame coach and the HEATís former play-by-play analyst for eight years.