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.
CLICK HERE to download our 2023 application.
Congratulations to our 2022 scholarship recipients. With weighted GPAs over 9.0 and remarkable stories of resilience, these Tampa Bay seniors were awarded $2,500 scholarships to continue their post-secondary education.
In addition to these seniors, we awarded Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School’s Julie Fernandez with the DeBartolo Family Foundation’s Valedictorian College Scholarship. Julie graduated with a 9.28 GPA and was a member of the Science National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and la Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. She completed her Associate’s degree through dual enrollment at Hillsborough Community College and will be attending the University of Florida’s Honors program, majoring in Zoology and Marine Science.
We are thrilled to reward these seniors for their hard work, dedication and commitment to their futures.
2022 Valedictorian Julie Fernandez
Class of 2022 Scholarships Recipients:
Emmanuel Acevedo, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School
Victoria Arrieta-Morales, East Bay High School
Jenny Borja, Winter Haven High School
Anabella Bragdon, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School
Alyssa Britton-Harr, Tampa Catholic High School
Emma Burns, Auburndale High School
Jesus Campos, Frostproof High School
Gerardo Diaz-Espinoza, Mulberry Senior High
Fabian Estrada, Mulberry Senior High
Dana Gonzalez, Tampa Catholic High School
Ashley-Nicole Hoff, East Bay High School
Brianna Lamko, Anclote High School
Agustin Lozano, Fort Meade High School
Giovanni Mammola, Jesuit High School
Makenzie McMurray, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School
Cayli Reynolds, Tampa Catholic High School
Maria Rodriguez, Wesley Chapel High School
Emily Sansone, Auburndale High School
Manuel Santiz, Mulberry Senior High
Tatem Suggs, Zephryhills High School
Elizabeth Thomas, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School
Kamya Williams, Winter Haven High 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