HEAT Academy: Carnival Cruise Lines Scholarship Program
Now in its nineteenth 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 K-8 Center, Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. Elementary 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 eighteen years, Carnival Foundation has purchased a total of 270 scholarships with a total value of more than $4 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 2021 will be the twelfth group of former HEAT Academy students eligible to apply for the Carnival Scholarship prior to their graduation.
In June 2020, the eleventh HEAT Academy / Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program graduating class was awarded 16 Carnival Scholarships. Carnival has presented 167 students with scholarships over the past eleven years.