HEAT Academy: Carnival Cruise Lines Scholarship Program
Now in its seventeenth 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 sixteen years, Carnival Foundation has purchased a total of 240 scholarships with a total value of more than $3.5 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 2019 will be the tenth group of former HEAT Academy students eligible to apply for the Carnival Scholarship prior to their graduation.
In March 2018, the ninth HEAT Academy / Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program graduating class was awarded 16 Carnival Scholarships. Carnival has presented 135 students with scholarships over the past eight years.