HEAT Announces 2010 Scholarship Recipients

MIAMI, 6/08 – The Miami HEAT has announced the four recipients of its 2010 HEAT Scholarships: The Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship, the Dr. Jack Ramsay Scholarship and two HEAT Scholarships. In its 14th year, the HEAT Scholarships offer $10,000 in 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 an unmet financial need.  

 The following individuals are recipients of the 2010 HEAT Scholarships: 

Sashile Wood, 17, of Pembroke Pines is the recipient of the Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship. As a senior at Pembroke Pines Charter High, Wood held a 4.7 GPA while participating in basketball and golf. In addition, she volunteered with the Nuna Kidz Foundation, which helps kids who have lost a parent deal with emotional distress. She will attend Georgetown University, majoring in Medicine. 



Tiffanny Samuels, 18, of Miramar is the recipient of the Dr. Jack Ramsay Scholarship. Samuels was a senior at Miramar High and held a 4.7 GPA. She volunteered with Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Samuels will attend the University of Florida, majoring in Biology.  



Summiya Tasnim, 18, of Miami Beach is a recipient one of two awarded HEAT Scholarships. Tasnim was a senior at MAST Academy in Key Biscayne and held a 4.95 GPA. She was vice president of her school’s Shape Club, which fundraises to donate to nonprofit organizations that support breast cancer initiatives and local children-benefiting organizations. In addition, she planned, organized, and implemented her school’s book drive, which the collected books were donated to two local elementary schools where she also volunteered. She will be attending Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, majoring in International Relations. 


Sergio Segrera, 18, of Miami was a senior at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and the second recipient of the HEAT Scholarship. Segrera held an astonishing 5.0 GPA, while serving in leadership positions in several school organizations He was a member of the Key Club International, where during the 2009-10 school year, he served as Florida district governor. He also served as the director of the Special Needs Awareness Program, a district-wide service project that raises awareness about and encourages the public to help individuals with disabilities. In addition, Segrera volunteered with several organizations including Children’s Rehab Network, Shake-A-Leg Miami, Arthritis Foundation of Florida, Down Syndrome Association of Miami, American Diabetes Association, among many others. On May 26, HEAT guards Mario Chalmers and Daequan Cook made a visit to Belen Jesuit Prep to surprise Segrera with a $2,500 HEAT Scholarship check. He will attend Harvard University, majoring in Psychology/Pre-Medical. 

The Miami HEAT is proud to welcome Assist-Card as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2010-11 season.