Tampa Police Department Seeks Nominations for Teen Excellence Awards

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The department’s Black History Committee will award 15 scholarships to teens as part of its annual celebration


WHO:                   Students in grades 8-12 who are enrolled in Hillsborough County schools                             

WHERE:               Application can be found online at www.tampagov.net/policebhc

DEADLINE:          Submitted or postmarked by January 1, 2016

The Tampa Police Department Black History Committee is encouraging students and adults to participate in its first annual 2016 Teen Excellence Awards.  The committee is currently accepting applications and nominations for middle and high school students in five award categories. These categories include:  Academic Excellence; Good Citizenship and Behavior; Leadership; Volunteerism; Overcoming Significant Challenges. 

While students can apply for the awards themselves, the committee’s Chairman, Major Rocky Ratliff, hopes that parents and adults will take the time to nominate students who are deserving of recognition in one of the five award categories.  “This is an opportunity for the adults in the community to recognize students who are working hard to stay on the right track in the classroom or in their neighborhood.  It’s important for our young people to know that we are proud of their accomplishments no matter how small they may be.”

The top three winners in each category will be presented with a monetary scholarship during the Black History Committee’s Teen Excellence Awards Recognition Banquet and Dance on February 27, 2016.

In order to be considered for an award, applicants/nominees must be current 8th through 12th grade students enrolled in a Hillsborough County Public School.  A short essay explaining why the student should be considered for an award in the selected category is also required. 

The application/nomination form along with award criteria can be found online at www.tampagov.net/policebhc .   The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2016.

Janelle McGregor