Hispanic Heritage Month


The theme for Governor Ron DeSantis' and First Lady Casey DeSantis' 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest is “Celebrating Untold Stories and Contributions of Hispanic Americans in Florida.”  This theme recognizes and pays tribute to 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 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest winners! Each winning student received a 4-Year Florida College Plan Scholarship.

Essay Contest winners:

  • Elementary School Category: Lucille Procaccino, Shorecrest Preparatory School, Pinellas County.
  • Middle School Category: Jackson Breeden, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Brevard County.
  • High School Category: Sophie Penafiel, TERRA Environmental Research Institute, Miami-Dade 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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