BankUnited and the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund provide $25,000 a year in scholarships to high school students attending schools in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe or Palm Beach. This is the 26th year that the Miami HEAT has offered scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on outstanding academic achievement and community service. The scholarships include the following:

  • Three (3) $5,000.00 HEAT scholarships
  • One (1) Dr. Jack Ramsay Scholarship of $5,000.00
  • One (1) Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship of $5,000.00
  • HEAT Scholarship: Awarded to students who have excelled in academics and community service and are in financial need.
  • Dr. Jack Ramsay Scholarship: Awarded to students who have excelled in academics and community service and are in financial need.
  • Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship: Awarded to a student who excels in academics and community service, participates in sport, and is in financial need.

Avari Marshall

  • Winner of the Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship.
  • The high school is Barbara Goleman High School.
  • The district GPA (weighted) is 3.9 and the state GPA (unweighted) is 3.3.
  • Played college football and also on the track team.
  • His accolades as a student athlete include being named All-County Football First Team three times and currently holds the school records in the 100 meters and 200 meters in track and field.
  • Has done over 3,000 hours of volunteer service to the community, primarily as a member of the Miami Dade NAACP Youth Council, participating in community events and projects, back-to-school events, voter registration rallies , membership drives and town hall meetings that address community change and solutions.
  • In 2018, Avari was elected as a Member of Parliament for the Miami Dade Youth Council, where he continues to hold that position.
  • He plans to study communications at Delaware State University.

Odelette Redila

  • Winner of the Dr. Jack Ramsay Fellowship.
  • The high school is the School of Advanced Studies – Wolfson Campus.
  • The district GPA (weighted) is 5.0 and the state GPA (unweighted) is 3.8.
  • Participation in several extracurricular activities: treasurer of the Student Government Association, president of the performing arts club and member of the National Honor Society, Model United Nations and tutor of Mu Alpha Theta.
  • She served as Mayor of the North Miami Youth Council, relaying the needs of North Miami’s youth community, engaging and advising the Mayor and City Council on issues affecting youth while making recommendations to improve relationships, activities and programs with young people.
  • Outside of school, she has volunteered over 750 hours of community service.
  • She is part of the “Stellar Quintet”, a self-created string ensemble of five of her friends who perform in nursing homes/aged care facilities, bringing cheer and joy to residents.
  • She is also part of several different music/orchestra programs; including the second principal violinist of the South Florida Youth Symphony, the violinist of the Filipino American Ministries and the violinist of the Nu Deco NXT Ensemble, which focuses on composition, improvisation and classical music.
  • Plans to study television, radio, and film at Syracuse University.

Nicole Torres

  • HEAT scholarship winner (1 out of 3).
  • The high school is the School of Advanced Studies – Kendall Campus.
  • The district GPA (weighted) is 5.4 and the state GPA (unweighted) is 4.0.
  • Over 800 hours of community service.
  • She was the founder and vice president of her school’s Key Club, establishing this service organization for her school’s students. She has also served on the Miami-Dade County Government Youth Commission, the Children’s Trust Youth Advisory Council, and as a volunteer at the Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption & Protection Center.
  • In the summer of 2020, at the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, she founded “Learn to Express”, a student-led community service organization dedicated to encouraging self-expression and empowering young people to succeed in their studies by offering an outlet for their creativity and innovation. She currently leads a group of over 200 volunteers to teach expressive classes to children such as art, dance, baking and academic tutoring in various subjects via Zoom.
  • Due to her project, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS), she was named the 2021 Student Volunteer of the Year and invited to be the only high school student to intern at the schools office. Miami-Dade County Public Service (MDCPS). Communication and commitment.
  • Plans to study business economics and public policy at one of the following schools: Princeton University or the University of Pennsylvania.

Andre Landsaw

  • Winner of the HEAT scholarship (2 out of 3).
  • The secondary school is Cutler Bay Secondary School.
  • District GPA (weighted) is 5.3 and State GPA (unweighted) is 4.0
  • Over 1,100 hours of community service.
  • At his high school, he was elected class president for the past three years. In this position, he devoted many service hours to organizing activities and opportunities for his classmates.
  • He was also president of the Academy of Liberal Arts, president of the National Honor Society, and track and field/cross country captain.
  • Concerned about the level of stress reported by many of his peers, especially with the pandemic, he responded by founding and assuming the presidency of the “Least of Our Worries Club” whose mission is to relieve student stress through peer-led activities. This program has helped his peers better manage stress and mental health.
  • He currently serves on the National Youth Advisory Council for Sandy Hook Promise, planning and leading national activities, presenting to organizations across the country, while creating a violence prevention program.
  • Plan to study political science at one of the following schools: Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, or University of Florida.

Kayla Léveillé-Lindor

  • HEAT scholarship winner (3 out of 3).
  • The high school is Blanche Ely High School.
  • The district GPA (weighted) is 4.9 and the state GPA (unweighted) is 3.9.
  • Over 390 hours of community service.
  • Her current extracurricular activities include chairing her school’s National Honor Society, the Broward Student Activities Association, and also serving on her school’s tennis team.
  • She was actively involved in every event organized by her National Honor Society. Her diligence in planning new and creative events encouraged more students to want to be active members.
  • She is also part of Blanche Ely High School’s Pre-Medical Magnetics Program, with a curriculum specifically designed to prepare students for college entrance to further their education in the medical sciences.
  • While juggling roles in several organizations on campus, she mentored and tutored students inside and outside of the classroom and was a wonderful player-coach to new players on her tennis team.
  • While being active in various clubs and organizations, she also has a part-time job as a medical biller.
  • Plans to study economics and finance at Florida State University.