Mayor’s Council Presents College Scholarship in Former City Employee’s Honor

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Mayor Jane Castor and the Mayor’s African American Advisory Council (MAAAC) are preserving the memory of a longtime city of Tampa employee through a college scholarship.  Mayor Castor will join members of MAAAC to present the inaugural “Carla Lewis Scholarship” in the amount of $1,000 to Kierra Jenkins on August 5 at 6 p.m.

The Carla Lewis Scholarship pays homage to the former city employee who died on July 26, 2018 after a short battle with cancer.  Lewis was a 15-year employee who served as the City’s Neighborhood Liaison.  In 2007, Lewis took on the additional task of liaising between MAAAC members and the mayor’s office.

“I had the privilege of knowing and working along-side Carla Lewis when I became a MAAAC member two years ago,” said TR Coverson who serves as the current president for MAAAC.  “Carla never tired.  We are honored to have known Carla and would like her passion, drive and love to be passed on in the form of this scholarship named in her honor.”

Kierra Jenkins, a recent King High School graduate, is the first recipient of the Carla Lewis Scholarship.  Jenkins received several accolades and participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school.   Jenkins was selected out of a pool of applicants for the scholarship.


WHAT:  Mayor Jane Castor, Mayor's African American Advisory Council members, and family of deceased employee Carla Lewis will award a $1,000 scholarship to a high school graduate.

DATE:  August 5, 2019 at 6 p.m.

WHERE:  Tampa Municipal Office Building, 306 East Jackson Street, Tampa

MAAAC plans to present the Carla Lewis Scholarship to a high school graduate on a yearly basis.  Members hope to increase the award amount each year.

For additional information, please contact: 

Janelle McGregor, Community Partnerships Manager

(813) 310-5545