BTW alumni, business leaders and organizations award scholarships
Erick Johnson | 5/8/2014, 9 a.m.
They overcame tremendous odds to achieve soaring grade-point averages and high test scores while living in some of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods.
On last Tuesday, dozens of bright high school seniors reaped big rewards at Booker T. Washington High School’s annual “Shining Stars” awards ceremony where alumni, business leaders and charities handed thousands of dollars in college scholarships and a few surprises.
Ashley Milfort, who will be the first in her family to go college received a full $30,00 four-year scholarship by the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club. Kevin Gomez received an $80,000 scholarship from the U.S. Marine Corp.
Trinicia Hobbs, who has a 5.02 GPA and plans to attend the University of Miami received The Miami Times $1,500 scholarship award.
The Maya Masey Foundation awarded scholarships to Ashley Jeantry ($1500), Tamaya Grant ($3000) and Michelle Lawrence Muniz ($5,000). The students were also surprised with computer laptops and a $500 shopping spree for clothes.
“This is a truly outstanding day at Booker T. Washington.We’re not just a football team. We are a great academic institution,” said principal William Artiside, referring to the school’s state football championship.
“This year, we had a difficult time selecting the winners,” said John Glover, president of the Booker T. Washington Alumni Association of 1957. “We’ve always had the most excellent students.”
Other scholarship winners include The Booker T. Washington Alumni Association Scholarship, Melissa Fils-Aime ($2,000); David F. Davis Memorial Scholarship, Mohammed Dibici ($1,500); Charles Lamar Mobley Memorial Scholarship , Ashley Jeanty ($1,500); The Stanley Squire Scholarship, Loida Velasquez ($1,500); Booker T. Washington Class of 1959 Scholarship, Kay Edwards ($1,500); Booker T. Washington Class of 1960 Scholarship, Breann Haugabook ($1,500); Booker T. Washington Class of 1962 Scholarship, Jamir A. Miller ($1,500); Booker T. Washington Class of 1963 Scholarship, Richie Revere, ($1500); Booker T. Washington Class of 1964 Scholarship, Rashad Revere ($1,500); Booker T. Washington Class of 1965 Scholarship Rebeka Fils-Aime ($1,500); Washingtonians Class of 6T5 Scholarship, Demetrius Jackson, ($1,500); The Patricia Warren Memorial Scholarship, Teresita Gonzalez ($1,500); The Marilyn F. Bellamy Scholarship, De’Andra Sherwood-Kerr ($1,500); The Laura Jones Scholarship, Kesley Glover ($1,500); Dade County Federal Credit Union Scholarship, Michelle Lawrence Muniz ($1,500)); James and Elsa Hunt Community Scholarship, Kesley Glover ($1,500); Mercelee Woods Adderly Memorial Scholarship, Ashley Jeantry ($1,500); Herbert Carter Scholarship, De’Andra Sherwood-Kerr ($1,500); Herbert Carter Math and Science Scholarship, Richie Revere ($1,000).