Hispanic Heritage Month

Florida Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The theme for Governor Ron DeSantis' and First Lady Casey DeSantis' 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest was “Celebrating Hispanic-American Community Leaders & Champions.” This theme recognized Hispanic leaders who have contributed to Florida's history and future.

Since 2001, the Foundation has supported the Governor’s Hispanic Heritage Month events through the award of Florida College and University scholarships to essay contest winners. Open to Florida students from 4th through 12th grade, the contest celebrates notable Hispanic educators and leaders.

Congratulations to the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest winners! Each winning student received a 4-Year Florida College Plan Scholarship.

Essay Contest winners:

  • Elementary School Category: Stella Jurkovic, Orange Grove Elementary School, Pinellas County.
  • Middle School Category: Diana Cho, Tequesta Trace Middle School, Broward County.
  • High School Category: Giacomo Mutti, Booker High School, Sarasota County.

Are you a Hispanic Heritage Month Florida Prepaid Scholarship student?

Your scholarship is designed to be easy to use and flexible. If you have any questions, please call our Customer Service team at 1-800-552-4723, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 6 pm ET.

Important information for you to know:

Easy to use – When you are ready for college you should let your donor know where you will attend classes. Florida Prepaid will pay your college or university directly, making the process easy for you!

Plan accepted at any qualified educational institution – Your scholarship is designed to be flexible and allows students (beneficiaries) to attend the post-secondary institution of their choice regardless of the type of plan, unless otherwise indicated by the donor at the time the beneficiary is assigned to their scholarship. The Florida Prepaid College Plan may be used at any eligible educational institution as defined in s. 529 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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