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Scholarships

Change Starts Here

Pi Iota Education Foundation has worked with parents, teachers and counselors to empower and support our youth in the Tampa Bay Community.

 This support is provided through education, events, cultural activities and scholarships.  We believe that education is the key to building bright futures, strong families and even stronger communities. 

The Foundation provides annual scholarships and comprehensive youth enrichment programs focused on education, character, and leadership development.  

The Foundation executes its own revenue generating events and initiatives to support Foundation programs and scholarship grants.

We proudly serve more than 200 youth each year.

Garland V. Stewart
Scholarship Event
Garland V. Stewart
Named after long time Hillsborough County Educator Garland V. Stewart, the event awards outstanding students in our community, scholarship money and book stipends. Our aim is to support student access to college.
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Since 2015, the Pi Iota Scholarship fund has increased by 500% with an average year over year increase of 125%. Most notably, the Scholarship program experienced a slight decline in award money distribution between the time period of 2021 and 2022 due to the pandemic.

Furthermore, we experienced a 300%($20,000) increase in funding since then to further our scholarship program's purpose of providing the youth of Tampa with funds to help further their educational endeavors and aspirations.

Scholarship Awards by Year

Year
Student
High School
College Attended
Awarded Amount
2015
Gaston Merideth
Brandon High School
University of Tampa
$2,000.00
2015
Juwuan Livingston
Riverview High School
Stetson University
$2,000.00
2016
Donte’ Glover
Blake High School
NorthWest Missouri State
$2,000.00
2016
Jordon Robinson
Gaither High School
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
$2,000.00
2016
Kenneth Forward
Riverview High School
Morehouse College
$2,000.00
2017
Elijah Benoit
Florida Virtual School
Florida Institute of Technology
$5,000.00
2017
Kristopher Terry
Robinson High School
University of Central Florida
$3,000.00
2017
Malik Spence
Plant City High School
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
$4,000.00
2018
Deanta Pittman
King High School
Florida State University
$5,000.00
2018
Ethan Hymes
Bloomingdale High School
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
$4,000.00
2018
Tyler Watkins
Durant High School
Florida Gulf Coast University
$3,000.00
2019
D’ante Ford
Blake High School
California State University
$4,000.00
2019
Nigel Browne
Blake High School
University of Central Florida
$5,000.00
2019
Savon Watson
Blake High School
University of Chicago
$3,000.00
2020
Jordan Clark
Blake High School
Camp Bellsville
$5,000.00
2020
Joshua Salmon
Riverview High School
Morehouse College
$4,000.00
2020
Xavier Hammond
Riverview High School
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
$3,000.00
2021
Darrin Holmes
East Bay High School
University of South Florida
$5,000.00
2021
Jordan Chambers
Riverview High School
$2,000.00
2021
Timothy Clouden
Blake High School
$3,000.00
2023
Toluwanimi Bankole
Middleton High School
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
$10,000.00
2023
Sage T Marshall
Middleton High School
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
$10,000.00
2023
Matthew Vasquez
Gaither High School
University of Central Florida
$5,000.00
2023
Earl D Knighten, IV
Durant High School
University of South Florida
$2,500.00
2023
Joquez Walter Smith
Jesuit High School
Temple University
$2,500.00
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Garland V. Stewart
Scholarship
Luncheon

Named after long time Hillsborough County Educator Garland V. Stewart, the event awards outstanding students in our community, scholarship money and book stipends. Our aim is to support student access to college.

 

During our most recent Luncheon

at the University of South Florida, 

the Foundation was proud to present a total of $34,000 in Scholarship and Book stipend awards to nine deserving students.

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE GOALS 2024

  • Continue to increase scope of Scholarship Committee 

  • Increase Operating budget on a yearly basis

  •  Continue to Partner with Just Gents Club

  • Promote Essay Award Contest:

    • Just Elementary

    • Carter G Woodson K-8

    • Sheehy Elementary

    • Walton Academy 

  • Increase in Scholarship Budget via (Sponsorships)

  • Offer Scholarship awards for College Students (USF)

  •  Continue participation in Blake High school College Fair

  • Initiate Careers' Day program at the middle school level

  • Initiate a mentoring program at Blake High School

  • Increased visibility of scholarship program/Print media/Radio/TV

  • Project Follow Through (Scholarship Recipients)

  •  Recognition of Educators

  •  Partner with NAACP (Joint Scholarship) initiative

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