2021 Scholarship Award Winners Announced
Updated: May 20
Six amazing young women were honored at the annual Riverview Woman's Club Scholarship Awards Luncheon held on Wed., May 19 at the Coastal Palms Event Studio in Riverview, Fla.
The Riverview Woman's Club awarded five $1,000 scholarships to local high school seniors. One additional $1,000 award, the Larry Brooks Scholarship, went to a sixth recipient. Larry Brooks is an RWC member, local businessman and philanthropist.
The RWC also partnered with the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce to select the GRCC’s recipients of the Dr. Earl Lennard Scholarship, held in memory of the late prominent educator.
To be eligible for an RWC scholarship, applicants must reside in Riverview or the surrounding area or be the child of an active RWC member. Students applying must have been a 2021 high school graduate and be accepted to a two or four-year college or trade school in Florida.
Two graduating seniors were chosen for the scholarships from East Bay High School, three from Riverview High School and one student from Spoto High School.
Asia Rackard of East Bay High School is ranked first in her class and has an unweighted GPA of 3.627. With plans to major in Marketing, Ms. Rackard has been accepted to the University of Florida (UF) and Florida State University (FSU).
The study of hurricanes is what fascinates Emily Ann Pesquera, also of East Bay High School. She plans to major in Meteorology and has been accepted to Penn State University along with FSU and the University of Tampa.
“These are all hard working, highly deserving students. Once their studies are complete, we hope they return to Riverview to continue to be part of and contribute to our community.” noted Heather Michael, President, Riverview Woman’s Club.
Education is Jamila Cox’s passion. This Riverview High School (RHS) scholarship recipient wants to be a teacher and writes in her application essay,“whether encouraging a student to challenge themselves or proving they have self-efficacy, being a positive figure in a child’s life, especially a child of color, is my dream.”
Ms. Cox is ranked fourth in her class at RHS with a 6.84 weighted GPA. She will major in Education and Psychology and has been accepted to UCF and FSU.
Andrea Portillo-Sorto is RHS’ 2021 Salutatorian. She is ranked second in her class with an unweighted GPA of 3.95 and a weighted GPA of 7.75. Ms. Sorto has also logged an impressive 554 volunteer hours with local organizations. She plans to major in Health Sciences and has been accepted to the University of South Florida, UCF and UF.
A future nurse is the final RSH scholarship recipient. A varsity athlete in soccer and cross country, Cambree Sargable will attend Hillsborough Community College with the end goal to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Ms. Sargable is well on her way to achieving that goal. She ranks eighth in her RHS’ graduating class and has an enviable 4.0 weighted GPA, which means she has never earned less than an A in any class.
Finally, a graduating senior at Spoto High School, Asia Nobles is 1st in her class and is its 2021 Valedictorian. She earned a record-breaking 9.04 weighted GPA—the highest in the school’s history—and a weighted 3.84 GPA.Ms. Nobles has been accepted to UCF and will major in Psychology and Health Sciences.