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May 10, 2023

Farah & Farah’s 2023 Empowering Greatness Scholarship Winners

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Farah & Farah began offering the Empowering Greatness Scholarship in 2020. Since then, over 20 students from throughout Florida have been awarded scholarships to help them further their education. This year, Farah & Farah teamed up with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation to offer scholarships covering two full years’ worth of tuition and local fees. It’s one of the many ways in which Farah & Farah gives back to our local communities.

2023’s Scholarship Winners

This year, we’re proud to announce the five scholarship winners. This scholarship is a way for us to empower future leaders and we hope that these promising young students will go on to do great things.

Chelsea James

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Chelsea James is a senior at Vanguard High School in Ocala, Florida, and is involved in NJROTC, Pink Ladies & T-Birds Service Club, National Honor Society, Teachers of Tomorrow Club, and Community Color Guard, and worked as a youth usher at New St. John Missionary Baptist Church. Her favorite subject is math and she will attend Florida State University in the fall.

Shayla McIntyre-Freeman

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Shayla McIntyre-Freeman is currently a Robinson High School senior in Tampa, Florida, who plans on attending Florida Atlantic University. Her favorite subject is English and during her four years of high school, she was involved with the following clubs and organizations: Best Buddies, Future Business Leaders of America, Model United Nations, Yearbook Committee, and Teens United.

Madisyn Blanton

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Madisyn Blanton, a Lemon Bay High School senior from Englewood, Florida, intends to attend Florida Gulf Coast University in the fall to most likely study law or psychology. During her years at Lemon Bay High School, she was involved in the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars.

Maba Yared

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Maba Yared attends Oakleaf High School in Orange Park, Florida, just outside of Jacksonville, where his favorite subjects are history and math. He is involved in S.K.A.T.E. and Take Stock In Children. Next year, he intends to go to the University of North Florida.

Sierra Nelson

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Sierra Nelson is a senior involved in Jacksonville Children’s Choir, Touring Choir, Paxon Symphonic Band (Clarinetist), Golden Eagle Ambassador, National Honor Society, and French Club while attending Paxon School for Advanced Studies. Her favorite subject is chemistry and she plans to go to the University of South Florida starting in the spring of 2024.

The Scholarship Judging Process

Each applicant is assigned a number so that judging is done completely blind. All applicant essays are judged by volunteer Farah & Farah staff. Once the top 16 are selected, impartial third-party judges will narrow that down to 5 using the exact same rubric from the first round. If there are any ties, the rubric scores from the first round will be used as a tie-breaker.

Our 2023 Third-Party Judges

  • Rep. Anna Eskamani, Florida State House – District 42 (Orlando)
  • T-Neisha Tate, Jacksonville Jaguars Vice President of Social Responsibility and Impact
  • Tenikka Hughes, Evening Anchor for Action News Jax
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  • Grace Maseda, Helios Education Foundation VP of Marketing and Communications
  • Zaniyah Williams, 2022 Empowering Greatness Scholarship Recipient

Our panel of judges is always made up of a diverse range of people who have made a difference in both their own community and their chosen career field.

For the 2023 scholarship, our impartial third-party judges included the following:

  • Rep. Anna Eskamani, Florida State House – District 42 (Orlando)
  • T-Neisha Tate, Jacksonville Jaguars Vice President of Social Responsibility and Impact
  • Tenikka Hughes, Evening Anchor for Action News Jax
  • Dante Jennings, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Jacksonville Public Education Fund
  • Grace Maseda, Helios Education Foundation VP of Marketing and Communications
  • Zaniyah Williams, 2022 Empowering Greatness Scholarship Recipient

What Is the Empowering Greatness Scholarship?

The Empowering Greatness Scholarship awards high school seniors two years of tuition and local fees at any Florida university, college, or trade school in a dollar-to-dollar match with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. The two years of tuition covers 60 lower division semester credit hours and typically adds up to around $50,000.

Who Can Apply for the Scholarship?

We’re looking to award scholarships to high school seniors attending either a public high school or a charter school who not only demonstrate academic achievement but who are also involved in community engagement to better the world around them. Applicants can showcase how they get involved with their communities in a written or video essay.

The Scholarship Application Process

We’ll have another round of scholarships for applicants next year. When we open the application portal, students will be able to apply online or by emailing scholarships@farahandfarah.com. The portal typically opens on December 1st of the year prior to the scholarship selection. The winners are chosen by May 1st.

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