Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program
In 2007, Carnival Foundation launched an in-the-workplace mentoring program for high school students. Those chosen are graduates of the HEAT Academy, an after-school academic-enrichment program sponsored by Carnival and offered at three at-risk Miami-Dade County elementary schools. HEAT Academy graduates who meet the program’s middle school grade criteria are invited to participate in the Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program as high-school freshmen.
Currently, 112 Carnival management team members serve as mentors to 112 Miami-Dade County high school students. During the school year participants visit Carnival headquarters for four hours monthly to shadow their Carnival “big” and observe them in an office environment.
In their senior year, Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program participants can apply for one of 15 college scholarships Carnival Foundation purchases annually from Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
Carnival has purchased 255 scholarships valued at more than $3.8 million, and has awarded 150 to mentoring program graduates. The first class of the scholarship recipients graduated from college in 2014.