Guillermo Castillo, head of the Chase Commercial Bank in South Florida, presented Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho with a $230,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase for the installment of two new academies.
The academies aim to help students of Miami Central, Doral and Alonzo & Tracy Mourning high schools gain skills to compete for jobs in cybersecurity, trade and logistics.
JPMorgan Chase also gave $5 million to local programs in support of its New Skills at Work initiative, which aims to close the gap between the skills employers need and talent’s readiness to compete for available jobs.
Students from Hamilton College recently earned the dean’s list recognition for their average GPA of 3.5 or above after completing a semester with a course load of four or more credits.
Dean’s list students included Ryan Franquiz, a sophomore and graduate of Barbara Goleman High School; SiLe Li, a senior majoring in biology and alumna of Michael Krop High School; Minh Nguyen, a junior majoring in art and neuroscience and a graduate of Mast Academy; Emily Rivera, a senior and graduate of New World School of the Arts; Kelly Watts, a junior majoring in Hispanic studies and alumna of the School for Advanced Studies.
SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
Talia Lopez of the School for Advanced Studies was a winner of the 2016 Comcast Leaders and Achievers $1,000 Scholarship.
The scholarship recognizes high school seniors for their commitment to community service, academics and leadership.
GRIDIRON COOKING CHALLENGE
The Dairy Council of Florida will host the third annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge, a fun food competition for elementary- and middle-school students in Florida. The challenge is part of Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program that encourages students to live healthier lives.
Elementary- and middle-school students in groups of four are encouraged to create and submit an original recipe that features dairy products, like milk, cheese and yogurt. The top four student teams in each Florida NFL market — represented by the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars — will compete for the grand prize and prepare their recipe in under 60 minutes.
The winners of each market receive a prize for their school valued at $2,500. Each team member will also receive an iPad mini 2.
Submissions are due by Feb. 29; for information, visit www.floridamilk.com.
SIMON YOUTH FOUNDATION
High school seniors who live within 50 miles of Dadeland Mall, The Falls or Miami International Mall can apply for a $1,500 scholarship from the Simon Youth Foundation, a nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students.
Winners will be chosen based on financial need, academic performance, leadership skills, school participation and community service. The deadline for all applications is March 1 and winners will be notified in May.
For information or to apply, visit syf.org/scholarships.