The DeBartolo Family Foundation is dedicated to helping the youth in our community. Every student’s story is different and the Foundation is committed to helping students achieve their dream of attending college.
The DeBartolo Family Foundation scholarship program was created to recognize Tampa Bay area high school graduating seniors who have achieved academic excellence despite obstacles and are dedicated to continuing their education. A one-time scholarship award is given to students prior to the start of their freshman year of college and can be used for any college-related expenses.
To qualify for a DeBartolo Family Foundation scholarship, all applicants must be a current high school senior in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas or Polk Counties and must have plans to continue his/her education at a University, Community College or Technical School starting in summer or fall after your graduation.
The application for 2022 scholarships will be available on this page in the Fall.
The DeBartolo Family Foundation congratulates our 2021 scholarship recipients. With weighted 8.0 GPAs and remarkable stories of resilience, these Tampa Bay area seniors were awarded $2,500 scholarships to continue their post-secondary education.
In addition to these seniors, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School’s Matthew Fernandez was awarded the DeBartolo Family Foundation’s Valedictorian College Scholarship. Matthew graduated with a 9.52 GPA while earning his Associate’s Degree at Hillsborough Community College and will attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Fall.
We are thrilled to reward each of them for their hard work, dedication and commitment to their future success!
Congratulations to all of our winners and the Class of 2021!
Jyne’la Arnold, Victory Christian Academy
Winnie Augustin, Carrollwood Day School
Resiliac Bedjena, Tampa Catholic
Juan Castillo, Mulberry Senior High School
Gisselle Chavez-Santiago, Mulberry Senior High School
Asiah Downing, Zephryhills High School
Alexis Fernandez, Land O’ Lakes High School
Tyrah Figgs, Tampa Bay Tech, Tallahassee Community College
Almarelis Garcia, Mulberry Senior High School
Aylleen Gomez, Auburndale Senior High School
Liliana Hernandez, Gulf High School
Macara Johnson, Auburndale Senior High School
Alin Joseph, Tampa Bay Tech
Chloe Knowles, Auburndale Senior High School
Olivia Olsen, Wesley Chapel High School
Jacquelyn Orozco, Auburndale Senior High School
Tiffany Parker, Tampa Catholic
Steve Resina, Land O’ Lakes High School
Alaina Rivera, East Lake High School
Cheyenne Rossman, River Ridge High School
Maria Sanchez, Tampa Catholic High School
Madison Sapp, Wesley Chapel High School
GraceAnn Spurza, Hillsborough High School
Tieley Vaughn, Wharton High School
Avery White, Lakeland Christian School
In 2007, the DeBartolo family partnered with Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks and co-founded Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School (BDCHS), a high-performing, “A”-rated charter high school in Hillsborough County. The school has received 10 consecutive A grades from the Florida Department of Education, and was given the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education.
With lots of gratitude for this generous support, I am able to say I will be the first in my family to attend college and the first with plans to be a nurse. …Thanks to your help, my lifelong dream is becoming more achievable and I am less worried about carrying financial burden.
- Noemi Hernandez, 2019 DeBartolo Family Foundation Scholarship Recipient
The DeBartolo Family Foundation Valedictorian scholarship has been immensely helpful for paying for my laboratory fees and university expenses. It was a blessing to get such an amazing gift for my accomplishment and it will continue to help me as I continue my path as a pre-medical student with aspirations to become a psychiatrist and help individuals with depression.
- Chandler Carr, Class of 2018 Valedictorian, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School