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 2024 application.


2023 Scholarships

Congratulations to our 2023 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 Khushi Mathur with the DeBartolo Family Foundation’s Valedictorian College Scholarship. Khushi graduated with a 9.24 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, and BDCHS Entrepreneurship club. She will be attending the University of Florida’s Honors program majoring in Business Administration and Management.

We are thrilled to reward these seniors for their hard work, dedication and commitment to their futures.


2023 Valedictorian: Khushi Mathur


Class of 2023 Scholarships Recipients:

Kailey Anderson, Palm Harbor University High School

Evan Bennett, Osceola Fundamental High School

Lily Bragdon, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

MaKaelynn Cameron, Zephryhills High School

Christyan Chazares, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

Elaine Feaster, Freedom High School

Kaitlyn Graulich, Freedom High School

Harper Henson, Froostproof Middle Senior High School

Melanie Hernandez, Jefferson High School

Jackson Hopkins, Jule F. Sumner High School

Julian Johnson, Newsome High School

Shayla Jones, Jefferson High School

Mary Kissane, Gulf High School

Barbara Kopec-Jewula, Riverview High School

K’West Levy, Jule F. Sumner High School

Lydia Linares, Strawberry Crest High School

Ashdyon Lovelace, Jule F Sumner High School

Brisa Marcos Castizo, Mulberry Senior High

Alissa McBee, Strawberry Crest High School

Trista Mendes, River Ridge High School

Callie Merrill, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

Dakota Newsom, Fort Meade Middle Senior High School

Zach Norton Jr., Dunedin High

Diego Pardo, Freedom High School

Kevin Parker, Lake Region High School

Lizet Perez-Roblero, Mulberry Senior High

Emma Rattee, River Ridge High School

Andrew Rodriguez, Kathleen Senior High School

Caleb Tubaugh, Durant High School

Kenneth  Washington Jr., Tampa Bay Technical High School

Breann Weachter, Ridge Community 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.