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New scholarship: Scholarships will be awarded to youth from the University Area Community starting in May 2013 with the creation of the Victor D. Crist Community Opportunity Scholarship. The scholarship, by the University Area Community Development Corp. and the University of South Florida Area Community Civic Association, was announced last week at the UACDC annual awards banquet. Donations from the banquet will be put toward the scholarship. About $21,000 was donated with the USF Area Community Civic Association matching the first $10,000.

Dan Jurman, UACDC executive director and chief executive officer, will develop a committee to work with USF and Hillsborough Community College to establish scholarship criteria.

The scholarship is named in honor of Victor D. Crist, who has volunteered in the University Area Community for 32 years.

Rotary club awards: Two students were awarded Brandon '86 Rotary Club scholarships, given to students exemplifying the rotary motto "service above self."

Alexandria Sweet, Durant High School, received the $1,000 Lambert P. Friederich Memorial Scholarship. She is ranked fifth in her class at Durant with a 6.44 GPA. She will attend the University of Central Florida, and wants to attend the University of Florida to pursue a medical degree and become a dentist.

Stephanie Walker, Armwood High, received the $1,000 Marion Link Century of Service Scholarship. She is ranked 15th in her class at Armwood, with a 5.5 GPA. She will attend Florida State University.

Dell scholar: Alejandro Garcia, Brandon High School, is one of the recipients of a $20,000 scholarship from the Dell Scholars Program of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

The scholarships are awarded based on participation in a college readiness program, GPA, plans to pursue a bachelor's degree, and need for financial assistance.

Burger King scholarships: Ten Hillsborough County high school students each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Burger King Scholars Program.

The winners are Kayla Mention, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate; Jessica Kozlovsky, Gaither High School; Alina Puente, Sickles High; Cory Goldman, Wharton High; Derrell Smith, Gaither High; Jordan Reasor, Gaither High; Kimberly Ortiz, Gaither High; Loraine Napoles, Leto High; Mariem Del Rio, Tampa Bay Tech; and Dianjah Claypool, Durant High.

The scholarships are awarded based on GPA, extracurricular activities, community service and work experience.

School fair: The Tampa Bay Parenting Back to School Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Glazer Children's Museum in downtown Tampa.. The fair will feature information on topics including health and wellness, safety, private schools, local resources, childcare, after school programs, school supplies, tutors and child's retailers.

There also will be live entertainment, speakers, games, and arts and crafts. Fair guests can visit the rest of the museum for $5. Call (813) 949-4400.

Food expo: The Hillsborough County Public Schools Student Nutrition Services Department will host its third annual Fresh Flavors — Foods for Body and Mind Expo from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday in the Spoto High School dining room, 8538 Eagle Palm Drive, Riverview.

Students will taste and rate new menu options for the 2012-13 school year. Twenty-seven new menu items will be tested, including sweet potato salad, spinach lasagna and grilled chicken Dijon wraps. Students will rate the dishes on a scale of Love It, Like It or Dislike It based on taste, smell and appearance.

Students will receive goodie bags that include a door prize ticket for a chance to win one of 10 iPod shuffles or $50 gift cards. Call (813) 840-7201.

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