Annually at the Safe Summit Violence Prevention Conference, Safe & Sound Hillsborough awards the Kevin Beckner Community Scholarship to high school seniors throughout Hillsborough County. The scholarships are awarded to graduating students demonstrating outstanding scholastic achievement and community service. Qualified candidates must be residents of Hillsborough County. Preference is given to first generation, college-bound students. To date, we are proud to have awarded over $17,000 in scholarships to deserving high school seniors.

Congratulations to the 2020 Kevin Beckner Community Scholarship Recipients 

The 2020 Kevin Beckner Community Scholarships were $1,000 for each student.

Kayla Brice
University of Maryland

Carley Cotnoir
Florida State University

Delanie Council
Johnson & Wales University – North Miami

Jordan Glover
University of Central Florida

Stephanie Harold
University of South Florida

John Johnson
Hillsborough Community College

Evelyn Martinez
University of Tampa

Isabella McNeff
Florida State University

2021 Scholarship Application 
2021 application cycle for the Kevin Beckner Community Scholarship NOW CLOSED. Application Deadline Closed: Friday, May 21, 2021 at 5pm EDT.

2019 Recipients

Aleyah Browne
Johnathan Dorsey
Karrington Hickman
Kierra Jenkins
Shantell Mullings
Alayzia Scotland
Keeon Joseph Miller
Victor Whaley


2018 Recipients

Pierra Alsint
Markinson Alume
Madelaine Glas
Donnell C. Torres
Gonzalo Quijada


2017 Recipients

Jalen Chambers
Zavier Clark
Justin Garcia
Daniel Morales

2020 Scholarship Committee 
A very special THANK YOU to the 2020 SSH Scholarship Committee for your dedication and service!

  • Sammecia Bagley, MBA,  Communications & Outreach Manager,  Safe & Sound Hillsborough
  • Belinthia Berry, MBA,  Director, Corporate College, St. Petersburg College and President, NC100BW, Tampa Bay Area Chapter
  • Rod Carter, Anchor/Reporter, WFLA News Channel 8 and 2nd Vice President, Sigma Xi Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
  • Zannie Mount, President, Sigma Xi Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
  • Allison Nguyen, MPH, MCHES (C), Program Manager, Office of Health Equity, Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough
  • Patti Simmons, Ed.S., PMP, Manager, Operational Effectiveness, Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Rosalie Smith, Program Administrator, Safe & Sound Hillsborough