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Lightning teams up with Stantec to award college scholarship to stem-focused students

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - This season, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Stantec have partnered again to help continue the education of three deserving students from the Bay area through the Hillsborough Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children program. During last Saturday’s contest against the New Jersey Devils, Stantec awarded three students with a scholarship of $9,600 which includes a match from the Hillsborough Education Foundation. Christian Bermudez a 9th grader at Steinbrenner High School, Devin Johnson a 9th grader at Tampa Bay Tech High School and Emily Lamb an 8th grader at Burnett Middle School was awarded their scholarships during the game on Saturday after an extensive essay and interview process.

Stantec teamed up with the Hillsborough Education Foundation to collaborate on the importance of STEM in the local schools. From November 2015 to January 2016 students were given the opportunity to apply for scholarships through the Hillsborough Education Foundation. After the application period closed the Hillsborough Education Foundation sorted through thousands of applicants and identified 400-plus eligible scholars in Hillsborough County. Students from 6th to 9th grade who applied for this program were required to write an essay based on character building experiences and the influence those had on their life so far. The HEF staff narrowed the pool of potential candidates to fit the STEM criteria. From that pool, Stantec and the Lightning reviewed the applications and interviewed the potential candidates to choose the three scholarship recipients.

“This is a program that we are very excited to be a part of as it shows strong commitment to our community and is of great importance to Stantec. There was something so heartfelt and personal about all three submissions by our winners that they really stood out from the others – they are wonderful examples of our next generation of community leaders” said Kim Austin, Vice President, Regional Marketing & Communications at Stantec.

All three winners were surprised and honored at the Lightning home game in front of their family, friends and peers. Stantec and HEF presented each winner with a check for $9,600, going directly to their college education.

About Stantec

We're active members of the communities we serve. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. The Stantec community unites more than 15,000 employees working in over 250 locations. Our work—professional consulting in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics—begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. With a long-term commitment to the people and places we serve, Stantec has the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

About Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children (TSIC) is a Florida nonprofit founded in 1995. This statewide program is independently managed in each county, and the Hillsborough Education Foundation manages the TSIC program for Hillsborough. Essentially, the Hillsborough Education Foundation administers the application process, recruits the mentors, monitors the student’s academic progress and mentor interaction, and raises funds to provide scholarships to at-risk students in 6th-10th grades. Take Stock in Children also provides a dollar-for-dollar match for all funds raised by the Hillsborough Education Foundation. Through the Take Stock in Children program students get the support, motivation, and accountability they need to escape the cycle of poverty, graduate high school, and attend a Florida college on a Florida Prepaid Scholarship.

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