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Heat Social Responsibility Scholarships

Scholarship Sponsored by Miami Heat

Value: $5,000
Awards Available: 5

The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund and BankUnited are teaming up to award $25,000 in scholarship funds to High School Seniors in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe or Palm Beach schools. Scholarships are awarded based on excellent academic performance and outstanding community service. The application deadline is January 25, 2020. Scholarships include the following:

Three (3) $5,000.00 HEAT Scholarships
One (1) $5,000.00 Dr. Jack Ramsay Scholarship
One (1) $5,000.00 Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship

Incomplete applications will not be considered. A Miami HEAT representative will contact the recipients of the HEAT Scholarships. All other applicants will be notified by mail. Scholarships will be awarded per eligibility criteria below and per all NBA rules and regulations.

Scholarship awards will be applied towards the winners' first year college tuition in the Fall.


In order to be considered for any of our five HEAT Scholarships, the student must meet the following criteria:

A) Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

B) Applicant must be a high school student enrolled in a Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe or Palm Beach County public or private school.

C) Applicant must have a minimum un-weighted GPA of 3.2 by the end of the first grading period of their senior year.

D) Applicant must submit an official transcript from the high school registrar along with a copy of their SAT and/or ACT score.

E) Applicant must have an unmet financial need for assistance as determined by the university's Financial Aid Office. In order to prove a financial need, please submit a copy of the household's W2 form(s) and a copy of the last tax filing (i.e. 1040 form) for all household members.

F) Letters to be submitted by applicant:

1) Two (2) letters of recommendation – each from a current high school teacher or administrator on school letterhead.

2) Two (2) or more letters from a community based organization, on that specific organization's letterhead verifying community service and hours performed.

3) One (1) letter from High School Athletic Director or Coach on school letterhead verifying candidate's participation in a high school sport.

G) Applicant must be accepted to and enroll in a four year accredited college or university in the USA. Please submit a copy of the letter of acceptance to the four year accredited college or university.

H) Applicant must complete a writing sample as outlined in the application form.

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