Left to right:
RRF Scholarship Recipient Anna Edwards, and RRF President Sara Roberts
Left to right:
RRF Scholarship Recipient Anna Edwards, and RRF President Sara Roberts
Any student can get involved in the Randy Roberts Foundation by signing up for our newsletter, and joining our Facebook group. If you believe what Randy believed – that you don’t have to be "old" to change your community and contribute to the world – then we want to connect with you.
Of course, in addition to staying connected, we also want to support extraordinary young men and women in the state of Florida through gifts of financial support and mentoring. Interested students should complete their application prior to February 15, to be eligible for support in the academic year.
The Randy Roberts Foundation is proud to give scholarships to extraordinary high school students who have gone above and beyond in their passions and studies, and more importantly, the desire and drive to do community service in their hometowns or the state of Florida. Congratulations to all!
2013 Scholarship Recipents
Morgan Moody (Plant City High School)
For Morgan Moody, life wasn’t just about finishing high school and moving on, it was about giving back to the community. Throughout her Plant City High School career, Morgan was involved in extracurricular activities as well as community service, which made her an ideal candidate for the RRF scholarship. Her school activities included president of the World Languages Club, vice president of Student Council, and member of the National Honor Society, the 1280 Club and the Civinettes Service Club. Her community service extended to assisting in Special Olympics softball, bowling and bocce ball. Morgan was also a participant in the 2012 Congressional Classroom program.
At the University of Central Florida, Morgan will study biomedical sciences and pursue her life-long dream of becoming a dentist. To prepare for this and further fuel her dream, she has been shadowing a local dentist more nearly two years.
Bethany Dawson (Winter Haven High School)
Graduating fourth in her class at Winter Haven High School, Bethany Dawson knows her accomplishments are due to drive and determination. It’s that drive that kept her on the varsity swim team all four years and led her to serve as co-captain of the team her senior year. She also served as band captain of the WHHS marching and symphonic bands, leading them to compete throughout the country. Outside of school, Bethany volunteered at various organizations and logged more than 200 community service hours. To top it off, she also held a part time job as a grocery clerk and cashier. Bethany was also a participant in the 2012 Congressional Classroom program.
Bethany plans to attend the University of South Florida, where she will study business and marketing. She also plans to continue her music career as part of the Herd of Thunder USF Marching Band.
Nicholas Taylor (Summerlin Military Academy)
One word most often used to describe Nicholas Taylor is “service”. Service to his school, his community and his country. His passion for giving back led him to found and serve as president of Mission Autism Support, an organization that helps military families affected by autism and the financial burdens associated with the disease. At Summerlin Military Academy, Nicholas also took on leadership positions on the varsity lacrosse team, National Honor Society and JROTC unit. While service to his community is important, service to his country means the most to Nicholas.
He plans to begin a military career at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
2012 Scholarship Recipents
Andrew Greenhill, International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High
Andrew Greenhill’s dream is to become an aerospace engineer, combining two of his passions: flying and engineering. His other passion, music, is closer to the ground but equally as important to him. In high school, Andrew received his FAA pilot’s license and held leadership positions in the school band, including Head Quartermaster during his senior year. He participated in the National Honor Society, Bartow Rotary Club and the Bartow Tri-M Music Honor Society. As a part-time job, Andrew worked as an intern at Flightsafety Academy, where he worked with maintenance personnel on necessary aircraft parts, inventory control and maintenance.
Andrew plans to attend Georgia Tech University and study aerospace engineering, but continue to get involve himself in music, specifically the Georgia Tech band. He credits band with having a positive influence on him and has kept him involved in many community activities, including parades and sporting events.
Mackenzie Nettlow, Winter Haven High School
For Mackenzie Nettlow, it seems there was not a high school honor or high profile position she did not hold at Winter Haven High School, where she served as top in her class. She was the Student Council Vice President, President of the National Honor Society, a Merit Scholarship finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction, Congressional Classroom participant, Best “All Around” Varsity Cheerleader, to name a few.
During it all, Mackenzie also had time to pursue her true passion: medicine. While anatomy and physiology fascinates Mackenzie, she is also intrigued by the impacts of government and economics on the medical industry. In high school, she started a medical waste recycling program (which she partnered with Yale University’s Recovery Program) that sent expired medical supplies to developing countries in need. When she attends Rice University in the fall, Mackenzie plans to focus on political science and sociology, on track for medical school. One day, she hopes to influence public policy regarding healthcare in the United States.
Isis Ash, Plant City High School
A senior at Plant City High School, Isis Ash is involved in many activities that keep her both active - like the varsity tennis team - and grounded, like the Tennis Anyone club she co-founded to teach special needs students how to play. Her work with this special tennis club led her to Florida Special Olympics, where she was a doubles partner to a special needs athlete. At school she was involved in student government, the Key Club, the drama club and National Honor Society.
Looking to make a difference in her community, Isis’ spearheaded a blood drive in conjunction with Florida Blood Services and her own birthday. In lieu of presents, she asked friends and family to donate blood during the month of July, when there is typically a blood shortage. She used social media to reach out to donors and used flyers to get people’s attention about donating blood. The event brought out more than 200 people, up more than 50% from the year before. For Isis, the experience was life changing. At the University of Florida, Isis plans to enter the dentistry program and later become an orthodontist. Given her history of helping children and her commitment to charitable service, she plans to volunteer for the Smile Train charity and travel to third world countries where she can help perform cleft palate corrective surgeries.
Cassondra Angu, Harrison School for the Arts
Born to parents from Cameroon, Africa, Cassondra Angu knew what feelings of disorient, confusion and admiration for another culture meant. It was these feelings that drew her to the Spanish Club at Lakeland Senior High School, where she served as vice president then later president. She learned to speak the language and worked with underprivileged Hispanics in the community. Bridging the gap by communicating with community members, regardless of the language, has been a passion she plans to continue throughout her life.
Cassondra’s plan is to combine her passion for the Spanish culture, coupled with her interest in both medicine and journalism and turn it into working in medical journalism. She will have the ability to tell patients about developing technologies available to them with innovations in research, but also tell the world in both English and Spanish. Her plan is to begin this at the University of Florida, where she will start as a freshman and get involved at a global and international level, where she could share her experiences and help students studying abroad in the states feel welcome. She hopes by participating in her school and the community will not only help change her own views and opinions, but the world.
Kent Humphrey, Plant City High School
Everyone who knows Kent Humphrey know he’s an active, talented baseball player. What people don’t know is his road to athletics was not easy, as he was born with bi-lateral club feet and years of pain and surgeries ahead of him. But Kent’s drive and perseverance paid off and he never let his deformity hold him back. In fact, he graduated not only at the top of his class – but as the captain of the varsity baseball team.
In addition to athletics, Kent’s other passion is community service. He participated in Meals on Wheels, Relay for Life and various clubs at Plant City High School. After participating in the Randy Roberts Foundation Congressional Classroom program last year, Kent’s found himself with a newfound direction, which includes focusing part of his life at the University of Florida on public service. He plans to get involved in the UF Student Government and utilize the leadership skills he has been developing throughout his life to affect his school, community and any organization fortunate to have him.
Alexandra Pierovich, Land O’Lakes High School
Much like Alexandra Pierovich’s beloved sea turtles, that move strong and steadily through life, so does Alexandra. Her love for science and the endangered marine creatures developed early and she has kept that passion alive throughout high school, with plans to carry her dreams into college and beyond. In high school, Alexandra founded the Science National Honor Society at her school, where she organized beach clean ups and actively participated in the Sea Turtle Preservation Society. Alexandra was also valedictorian of her class at Land O’ Lakes High School, Pasco County Swimmer of the Year in 2010 and involved in a number of academic organizations, including National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and Council for Exceptional Children.
In 2010 following the BP oil spill in the Gulf, Alexandra participated in helping the sea turtles relocation during the nesting season. She helped relocate hundreds of turtle nests from one coast of Florida to the other, making it one of the most memorable experiences of her life. With a commitment to both science and service, Alexandra plans to study pharmacy and as undergraduate at the University of Florida and eventually attend medical school.