HEAT Academy End of Year Celebration
The Miami HEAT hosted an end-of-year celebration for 300 HEAT Academy students at the AmericanAirlines Arena on May 21. HEAT players Chris Andersen and Juwan Howard attended the event along with the HEAT Dancers, Burnie, Banana Man and the Xtreme Team.
The afternoon was a carnival-style event with food, fun, and excitement. During the festivities, Carnival Corporation & plc presented a check in the amount of $248,000 to the Florida Prepaid College Foundation for scholarships benefiting HEAT Academy students. Fifteen fifth-grade HEAT Academy students will become eligible for a Carnival Scholarship which matures in 2020, the fifth-grade class’ expected graduating year. This marks the 11th consecutive year that Carnival has funded the scholarships, and during this time the company has contributed to 165 scholarships, with a total value of more than $1.9 million. HEAT Academy is presented by Carnival and supported by Florida Blue and C1 Bank.
About Carnival Scholarships
The Carnival Scholarships, developed in collaboration with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, enable 15 fifth-grade students who are currently enrolled in HEAT Academy to receive a four-year tuition scholarship to an accredited Florida college or university of their choice. Florida Prepaid College Foundation provides a matching donation to fund these scholarships. In March, the fourth HEAT Academy graduating class was awarded 16 Carnival Scholarships. Carnival has presented 60 students with scholarships over the past four years.