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McKeel Legacy Scholarships

For McKeel Academy of Technology Day One Seniors


It was exciting to see the McKeel Legacy Scholarships presented to the Class of 2015 seniors. These scholarships have been funded since 2007 by donations from our staff, parents and business partners to support our McKeel students as they pursue their dreams of higher education. Our scholarships have grown from one $1,500 scholarship the first year to five scholarships totaling $14,500 for the Class of 2015.

Each of these seniors were awarded a $1,000 McKeel Legacy Scholarship:

Danielle Douglin, who started at South McKeel Academy in the 7th grade, will be pursuing a degree in Pre-Law and Criminology by attending Florida Southern College;

Kimberly Girolimon, who started in 1st grade at McKeel Elementary Academy when it opened, will be at Florida State University pursuing a degree in Public Relations/Advertising.

Alexis Julian, who started at South McKeel Academy in the 7th grade, will be attending Norwich University to pursue a degree in Computer Security and Information Assurance.

$4,000 scholarship was awarded to:

Clover Carithers, who started in 2nd grade at McKeel Elementary Academy, and will be pursuing a degree in engineering first at Tallahassee Community College with plans to transfer and complete her degree at Florida State University.

$7,500 scholarship was awarded to:

Ashley Briggs, who started at South McKeel Academy in the 4th grade, and will be pursuing a degree from the College of Pharmacy at the University of South Florida with plans to be a Pharmacist. She has helped coordinate the after-school tutoring program at SMA for 2 years and served as a mentor to our little wildcats.

We hope you will join us in extending congratulations to all of our scholarship winners. A special thank you goes out to all who have contributed to this scholarship fund that has allowed us to award, in total now since 2007, $50,250 in scholarships to 19 deserving McKeel students. We appreciate your investment in our students as they graduate!


Through the McKeel Legacy Scholarship program, we invest in the graduates of McKeel Academy of Technology and truly make an impact on the lives of those who pass through our doors. The generosity of the staff of The Schools of McKeel Academy are what keep strong the McKeel Legacy Scholarship program that was established to recognize and honor the founding Principal of McKeel Academy of Technology. Since 2007, these scholarships have been awarded to graduating McKeel Academy of Technology seniors to assist with education expenses and strengthen the McKeel legacy.


With these scholarships, we show that we believe in our McKeel students by investing in their future education. The McKeel Legacy Scholarship helps deserving students pay for college expenses in the pursuit of their dreams. This award has been given to “day one” students at the high school, some of which have been with The Schools of McKeel Academy since elementary grades at South McKeel Academy and McKeel Academy Central. Our employees, parents, business partners and alumni like having the opportunity to invest in students who have been successful in our programs.

The award selection process is competitive. Graduating seniors submit an essay to share what legacy they leave as they graduate from McKeel Academy of Technology, and how the school has prepared them for the future. The Review Committee evaluations and scores the anonymous entries, and from those finalists, a panel from our Board of Trustees interviews and selects the winners.

The first scholarship awarded in 2007 was $1,500 to Brandon Davie, an USF Polytechnic graduate who achieved his dream of an IT degree and is now the IT Systems Applications Manager for The Schools of McKeel Academy. By 2012, the Legacy fund had grown enough to award two Legacy scholarships, and five scholarships in 2014.

Our vision is to award significant scholarships to our students each year, as they pursue their higher education goals. With your financial support, we can continue to make an investment in our graduates’ futures.

Tax-deductible donations can be made at any time through the schools. Employees have the added benefit of payroll deduction – contact HR for more information.

Our employees created the McKeel Legacy Scholarships to invest in our graduating students. Help us grow the scholarship fund to enable us to do even more for our student leaders, our legacy.

The McKeel Legacy Scholarship Award Winners

Brandon Davie

Alexa Atwell

Amelia Soura

Graham Morris

Derek Lower

Daegan Hosler & Kimmy Black

Kayla Wilson &
Karissa Maze


Alex James, Tristan Siebold, Coni Davis, Amanda Black & Gabriela Gonzalez-Markowitz

Ashley Briggs, Clover Carithers, Danielle Douglin, Kimberly Girolimon & Alexis Julian

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