University Behavioral Center offers two $500 scholarships to high school seniors who have experienced mental health challenges either personally or with a family member or friend.
The scholarship has been dedicated to the loving memory of Tiffany Watkins in 2023.
Tiffany Watkins was a loving daughter, sister, friend, and musician. Born and raised in Oviedo, Tiffany loved God, her family and she will always be remembered for her kindness toward others.
Tiffany’s mind was brilliant and beautiful. At a very young age, she was professionally trained to play classical piano. She played basketball, enjoyed tennis, but also loved to learn. Tiffany graduated from Oviedo High School in 2006 and was accepted to The University of Florida.
She did not let mental illness define her college journey, despite some obstacles and challenges. Tiffany was very optimistic about her future and wanted to fulfill all her goals in life. She was preparing to go back to UF in January of 2020. Unfortunately, a month before on December 20, 2019, she passed at the age of 31 from a sudden medical condition.
Tiffany wanted to change the world by supporting those living with a mental illness. She wanted people to feel loved. She also appreciated anyone who took time to change the misconception of mental health by reminding the community it’s OK not to be OK. Through this scholarship in her honor, the recipients will be able to carry on Tiffany’s dream and keep her legacy alive.
Applicants can apply at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l-WH4-Lm7UHgQFz7UXIK44mGWEPH2FQmRNAVF5aVxsk/edit?usp=sharing
Scholarships are based on a short essay (750 words or under) about how mental health has affected the applicant’s life and how the applicant plans on helping other, given their story. Applications can be submitted throughout the year. May 12th is the cut off for each year’s applications. The financial award will be used to fund applicants’ college expenses.