Carnival Corporation & plc and the Miami HEAT have partnered with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to establish a $50,000 scholarship fund for students who have completed the innovative School to Work mentoring program operated in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

The mentoring program matches 90 high school students -- who are former participants in the HEAT Academy after-school program for at-risk youth -- with management personnel from Carnival and the Miami HEAT to provide a first-hand look at the business world.

To be eligible for the Carnival/HEAT/UNCF scholarship, students must demonstrate financial need and meet certain academic eligibility requirements.  The maximum award is $5,000 per student and can be used toward tuition, books, room and board, and fees.

Pictured here at a ceremony held prior to a Miami Heat game earlier this month are (from left): Carnival Foundation Director Linda Coll, Miami HEAT’s President Business Operations Eric Woolworth; UNCF’s Regional Development Director Edith Pearson and SVP Southern Field Operations Maurice Jenkins; Dwayne Brown of Miami Central Senior High; Francia Nortelus of William H. Turner Tech Senior High; and Executive Director of the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Steve Stowe.