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.

Download our 2022 application HERE.


2021 Scholarships

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

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

Steven 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.