Tamara Sonera

Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology Jacksonville, FL

Tamara Sonera 2020 Scholarship Winner

Tamara graduated from Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology and will attend Florida State University this fall where she will study Elementary Education with a minor in Social Welfare. Tamara volunteers her time with many organizations such as Mayors Young Leaders Advisory Council and Feeding Northeast Florida.

In five years, Tamara plans to have graduated from Florida State University as an Elementary Education major and beginning her career as an educator. Ideally, after college, she hopes to be working with children in the classroom and being a positive role model for children in her community. Tamara plans to continue her education in graduate school and establish a non-profit organization that promotes to dismantle education disparities and provide resources to aid children and families in low-income communities. In addition, to her career and advocacy goal, in five years she plans to be able to travel more often to be able to continue to learn from the world around her. 

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

What the Empowering Greatness Scholarship Means to Tamara

I am so grateful to receive the “Empowering Greatness Scholarship” as it is allowing me to realize my full potential and the importance of always giving back to one’s community. This scholarship is allowing me to begin my education as a first-generation college student without worrying about substantial debt.


  • Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology
  • Attending Florida State University


  • Family Career Community Leaders of America 
  • Student Government 
  • Student Council 
  • Communities in School 
  • National Honor Society 
  • National Technical Honor Society 
  • Bible Club 
  • Early Childhood Education Academy

Community Involvement:

  • Mayors Young Leaders Advisory Council 
  • Reading is Rad!  Book drive initiative   
  • Communities in School 
  • I AM A STAR Mentoring program 
  • Jacksonville Homeless Outreach 
  • Kids Hope Alliance 
  • Feeding Northeast Florida


  • Photography
  • Traveling to new places
  • Reading up on current events
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