Scholarships awarded: Twenty graduating high school seniors were awarded the Hillsborough County 2012 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Each student received $500 for use toward college.
The recipients were Omonniyi Alimi, Emily Almand, Elizabeth Bohannon, Ashley Davis, James Eliassaint, Marielle Fernandez, Natalia Ferrer, Ranita Findlay, Lauren Glover, Stephen Harris, Graciamaria Irish, Alec Layman, Gage Munoz, Ashley Nelson, Nakisha Nicaisse, Juan Ramirez, Zachary Rocca, Tariq Sharrieff, Katherine Tison and Saida Viard.
The scholarship is funded by donations from the county and city of Tampa employees.
PTA awards: The Hillsborough County PTA/PTSA gave out its yearly awards last month. Joseph Wolf, Wharton High PTSA, and Megan Birnholz, Randall Middle PTSA, won Student of the Year.
Outstanding High School Senior awards were given to Magalia Vance-Peterson, Middleton High; Antonio Gutierrez III, Sickles High; Joseph Wolf, Wharton High; Cary Anne Bame, Steinbrenner High; and Kurt Schaller, Freedom High.
Person of the Year was awarded to Lillie Nichols, Middleton High; Brandie Villano, Benito Middle; and Gary Randolph, FishHawk Creek Elementary.
Bradley Woods, Wharton High; John Sanders, Benito Middle; and Pamela Bush, FishHawk Creek Elementary, were awarded Principal of the Year.
President of the Year was given to Gina Wood, Sickles High PTSA; Kristan Birnholz, Randall Middle PTSA; and Lorrie Hamlin, Dale Mabry Elementary PTA.
Tillman scholars: Two USF students have been selected as Tillman Military Scholars. Stephen Naylor, an undergraduate student majoring in history, and Edward Woodward, a master's in medical science student, will both receive scholarships through the Pat Tillman Foundation, which provides educational support to veterans, active service members and their spouses.
Naylor is a veteran of the British Army and husband of a U.S. Air Force officer. He served in Afghanistan, and wants to become a teacher. He will receive a $10,000 scholarship.
Woodward is a medically retired U.S. Air Force captain. He is enrolled in the master's in medical science program and is preparing to enter USF's Morsani College of Medicine MD program. He plans to become a neurologist specializing in brain health. He will receive $50,000 to complete the master's program and continue to the College of Medicine MD program.
USF is one of 14 Tillman Military Scholar University Partner campuses, based on service member-specific services and support for military families.