Operation Graduate Students Recognized

The end of another outstanding school year is the perfect time to recognize the many successes of our Operation Graduate students.

Bryan was accepted into the USMC 2018 Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy at Marine Corps Base Quantico from July 16-22, 2018. Bryan was one of only 100 students in the country accepted into the summer program, which provides leadership training, character development, ethics lessons and college admissions guidance with a community service component. Bryan is a Junior at Clearwater High School.

Kalese and Alicia were recognized at the 30th annual Joseph Carwise Achievement Breakfast, an awards breakfast held by Pinellas County Schools to recognize high achieving minority students. More than 150 students were recognized at the 30th annual Joseph L. Carwise Student Achievement Awards program, with more than 80 of the students boasting a 4.0 GPA or higher.

Congratulations to Miguel, who was one of the first students to join Operation Graduate’s tutoring program in 2011. Miguel, a recent graduate of Clearwater High School is the first in his family to graduate high school.

Keenan, a Clearwater High School graduate, was recently named Outstanding Youth Volunteer. Keenan served as a Civil Rights Ambassador, wrestling team captain and school leader. He received a $14,000 scholarship from Take Stock in Children and $5,000 from the Clearwater High School Alumni Scholarship. Keenan plans to attend St. Petersburg College and transfer to the University of South Florida.


Several of our graduates will be attending college in the fall. Amiya is attending Louisiana State University with a $3,000 Island Estate scholarship, Caleb is attending Florida A&M University with a $14,000 scholarship from Take Stock in Children and a $5,000 scholarship from Clearwater for Youth, and Dana and Mariama are attending St. Petersburg College.

Operation Graduate, in Clearwater’s North Greenwood neighborhood, is a partnership between United Way Suncoast, the Clearwater Police Department, Pinellas County School District, and St. Petersburg College. The focus of Operation Graduate is on-time high school graduation, targeting two groups of students. One takes credit recovery classes so they can graduate with their peers; the other group is introduced to college and work experiences. To learn more about Operation Graduate, click here.