Brielle Humphreys, center, receives the Spirit of Weightman Award from Jean Larkin Weightman and Tom Weightman. Freda Abercrombie
From staff reports
Published: June 21, 2013
Two Pasco high school students were awarded scholarships by the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Foundation. Jack Burns of Fivay High School was awarded a $6,000 scholarship, renewable for two years, followed by a $10,000 scholarship, renewable for two years. Bruce Wilson Jr. of Pasco High School was awarded a $4,000 scholarship for a vocational or technical program. This year marks the largest amount of scholarship money awarded by the foundation since 1992, when the organization first began providing need- and merit-based scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Within the 15 counties served by the credit union, 1,035 high school seniors submitted applications. There were four scholarship recipients for 2013.
"Each student stands on impressive merit, and we're confident they can withstand the demands of further education," says Mary Tlachac, executive director of Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Foundation. "We believe they will be leaders in their own right and make positive contributions to the greater community one day and that is the goal." Since 1992, the foundation has donated more than $9 million to various children's charities and has awarded nearly $930,000 in scholarships. Weightman celebrates student achievements On June 4, Thomas E. Weightman Middle School held its Eighth Grade Celebration, showcasing students' academic, athletic, and community successes. The prestigious Spirit of Weightman Award was presented to Brielle Humphreys. More than 15 students were considered for the Spirit of Weightman Award, named for the school's namesake, Thomas E. Weightman, who was superintendent of Pasco County Schools from 1974 to 1996. Candidates for this award must be "innovative, visionary, able to motivate others and have incredible people skills." Humphreys maintained a 4.0 grade point average,demonstrated remarkable attendance and served her school and community in numerous ways.