The onePULSE Foundation is now taking applications for its scholarship it launched last year when it gave out $330,000 to 49 recipients, representing each of the 49 victims who were killed in the Pulse shooting in 2016.
Working with the families and loved ones of those killed, onePULSE Foundation established the scholarships in 2019. The scholarships aim to inspire and empower students who share similar dreams, ambitions and goals.
“More than 200 completed applications were received last year with the inaugural class, representing freshmen majoring in business, communications, and the performing arts, as well as cosmetology, nursing, medical and master’s students,” said Committee Chair and Board Member Cathy Brown-Butler in a press release. “This year we expect to receive even more applications completed as awareness about the program grows.”
The inaugural class of 49 Legacy Scholarship recipients was awarded $330,000 in April. That money is being used during the current academic year. The foundation awards scholarships annually, each up to $10,000 for use at an accredited institution of higher learning, including career and technical schools.
The foundation considers these factors when assessing scholarship applicants: the applicant’s personal story, financial need or independence, strong academic or self-improvement interest, and proven track record of leadership, community involvement and/or work experience.
Preference is given to applicants who are immediate family members of the 49 victims, as well as all of the survivors of the tragedy and first responders, according to the foundation.
High school seniors as well as those eligible to enter accredited post-secondary institutions are eligible to apply.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 31. Winners will be notified in spring 2021.
The Legacy Scholarships are funded in part by major investors: AdventHealth, AlixPartners, the Brumback Family, Earl and Bettie Fields Automotive Group Foundation, GUCCI, Orlando Health, PVH Foundation, and Wendy Tramell. The program is further supported through partnerships with the Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida and Valencia College Foundation.
People and organizations who would like to provide financial support can earmark donations for Legacy Scholarships through the onePULSE Foundation website at https://onePULSEFoundation.org/donate.