Scholarships

About Scholarships

When 49 lives were taken, 49 legacies began

Our mission is to provide academic opportunities—honoring the aspirations of all 49 Angels—to recipients who embody love, hope, unity, acceptance, courage and strength.

Working with the families and loved ones of those killed, onePULSE Foundation established the 49 Legacy Scholarships in 2019 based on the respective victims’ interests, careers or aspirations. As an extension of their impact on our world, the scholarships inspire and empower students who share similar dreams, ambitions and goals.

The inaugural class of 49 Legacy Scholarship recipients were awarded $330,000 in scholarships in 2019 and the second class was awarded $236,300 last April. Recipients come from all over the United States and have a common thread of community service, leadership and advocacy.

The onePULSE Foundation awards 49 scholarships annually, each up to $10,000 for use at an accredited institution of higher learning, including career and technical schools.

onePULSE considers many factors when assessing scholarship applicants, including the applicant’s personal story, financial need or independence, strong academic or self-improvement interest, and proven track record of leadership, community involvement and/or work experience.

Preference will be given to applicants who are immediate family members of the 49 victims, as well as all of the survivors of the tragedy and first responders to the event. Family members, survivors and first responders are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Schedule & Access

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Selection Process

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Scholarship Support

The Legacy Scholarships are funded in part by the generosity of major investors, including:
AdventHealth, AlixPartners, the Brumback Family, Earl and Bettie Fields Automotive Group Foundation, Geico, GUCCI, L’Oréal USA, New York City Pride, Orlando Health, PVH Foundation, and Wendy Tramell. The program is further supported through partnerships with Advent Health University, the Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida and Valencia College Foundation.

The scholarship program is one of four pillars of the Foundation’s mission to create and support a memorial that opens hearts, a museum that opens minds, education programs that open eyes and legacy scholarships that open doors.

People and organizations who would like to provide financial support can earmark donations for Legacy Scholarships through the onePULSE Foundation website.

For more information about the onePULSE Legacy Scholarship Campaign, contact onePULSE Foundation at 407-775-4611, ext. 413 or gk@onepulsefoundation.org.

The 49 Legacy Scholarships Inaugural Class Recipients

Any Field of Study (Open to members of the LGBTQ+ Community)

In honor of Angel of Acceptance, awarded to Vanessa Ortiz

Since high school—where the Angel of Acceptance won a humanitarian award for establishing his school’s gay-straight alliance—he had been an active advocate in the gay community.

Healthcare Scholarship (Doctor or Nursing)

In honor of Stanley Almodovar III, awarded to Eriyan Barrett, provided by AdventHealth

Confident and kind, Stanley was a devoted advocate for LGBTQ community.

Nursing Scholarship

In honor of Amanda Lizzette Alvear, awarded to Juliene Marenco, provided by Orlando Health

Amanda dreamed of becoming a nurse and loved spending time with her family.

Arts Scholarship (Music)

In honor of Oscar A. Aracena Montero, awarded to Rose Helsinger

Always known to help others and be a beacon of positivity, Oscar had recently purchased a home with his partner.

Nursing Scholarship

In honor of Rodolfo Ayala Ayala, awarded to Andrew Fontaine, provided by The Brumback Family

A longtime employee at OneBlood donation center, Rodolfo was passionate about helping others and providing for his family.

Any Field of Study

In honor of Antonio “Tony” Brown, awarded to Sally Campbell, Provided by the Parable Foundation

A U.S. Army Reserve captain, Antonio selflessly served his country and was known for his smile and kindness.

Any Field of Study (Open to the Members of the Jacksonville Jaycees)

In honor of Darryl Roman Burt II, awarded to Cole Foust

Driven and fun-loving, Darryl was a recent graduate in human resources—known as much for his colorful bowties as his commitment to making a positive impact in the community.

Healthcare Scholarship (Ophthalmology)

In honor of Angel Candelario-Padro, awarded to Evon Thompson

A beacon of positive energy and a beloved Zumba instructor, Angel was studying to become a nurse and was only days from starting his new job as an ophthalmic technician.

Cosmetology Scholarship

In honor of Juan Chavez Martinez, awarded to Nicholas Cash, Provided by L'Oréal

An outgoing, loving and kind man, Juan made friends at every turn and was remembered for his cheerful demeanor and commitment to providing for his parents.

Cosmetology Scholarship

In honor of Luis D. Conde, awarded to Logan Alvarez

Luis was in a loving, long-term relationship with his partner Juan P. Rivera Velázquez, with whom he owned a spa and salon in Kissimmee.

Fire Sciences Scholarship

In honor of Cory James Connell, awarded to Amanda Grau

An aspiring firefighter, Cory was a family man and student at Valencia College with a bright future ahead of him.

Business & Management Scholarship

In honor of Tevin Eugene Crosby, awarded to Francia Civilmar, Provided by CITY Furniture

An ambitious businessman and entrepreneur, Tevin spread joy and laughter.

Business & Management Scholarship

In honor of Deonka "Dee Dee" Drayton, awarded to Shepherd Drayton

After some times of trouble, Deonka was on the road to a positive future—joining a church and finding support in good friends.

Cosmetology Scholarship

In honor of Leroy Valentin Fernandez, awarded to Tessa Jones, Provided by L'Oréal

A creative soul, Leroy loved sharing his passion for singing, dance and fashion.

Event Planning/International Tourism Scholarship

In honor of Mercedez Marisol Flores, awarded to Alancea Gonzalez

A New York transplant, Mercedez graduated from Valencia College and dreamed of doing great things in her life.

Business & Management Scholarship (Finance, preference given to student at Valencia College)

In honor of Juan Ramon Guerrero, awarded to Marchel Washington

Juan recently began life as a UCF student and cared deeply for his family.

Business & Management Scholarship

In honor of Paul Terrell Henry, awarded to Kyle Moore

Loving, boisterous and encouraging to his friends and loved ones, Paul was a brilliant pool player and dedicated father to his two children—including a daughter who had only recently graduated high school.

Business & Management Scholarship

In honor of Frank Hernandez, awarded to Celine Harmond, provided by PVH Foundation

A Texas native, Frank was a loving brother and boyfriend.

Business & Management Scholarship

In honor of Miguel Angel Honorato, awarded to Alejandra Espinel

A married father of three, Miguel worked closely with his brother at a local catering company.

Any Field of Study

In honor of Angel of Hope, awarded to Jada Souvenir

After recently returning from a Niagara Falls trip with his partner, the two were ready to start their lives in the home they had just purchased.

Cosmetology Scholarship

In honor of Javier Jorge Reyes, awarded to Renae Ford, provided by GUCCI

With an outgoing personality that fit perfectly with his sales position at Gucci, Javier was also known as a humble, kind soul who loved to have a good time.

Any Field of Study: Recipient with Learning Disability

In honor of Jason Benjamin Josaphat, awarded to Brandon Harden

A recent high school grad on the road to achieving great things, Jason had started college classes, had a way with computers and showed a passion for photography.

Business & Management Scholarship

In honor of Eddie Jamal Droy Justice, awarded to Victoria Molina, provided by AlixPartners

An accountant and resident of downtown Orlando, Eddie loved fitness, food and his family.

Arts Scholarship Dance/Choreography

In honor of Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, awarded to Jai Hsieh-Bailey

An immensely talented dancer and performer, Anthony was a staple of the drag community—and his stage name was Alanis Laurell.

Healthcare Scholarship (Medicine)

In honor of Alejandro Barrios Martinez, awarded to Victoria Humphrey

In 2014, Alejandro emigrated from Cuba to Florida, joining his father who lives in Orlando.

Cosmetology Scholarship

In honor of Brenda Marquez McCool, awarded to Isaiah Henderson, Provided by L'Oréal

A mother of 11 and grandmother of six, Brenda was a cancer survivor, LGBTQ advocate and mainstay at Pulse.

Healthcare Scholarship (Respiratory Therapy)

In honor of Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, awarded to Kate Aldinger

Always seen as the life of any family gathering, Gilberto was working while studying health care management.

Nursing Scholarship

In honor of Kimberly Jean Morris, awarded to Malisa Singh

To help support her mother and grandmother, Kimberly moved from Hawaii to Orlando—where she worked as a bouncer at Pulse.

Social Sciences Scholarship (Criminology)

In honor of Akyra Monet Murray, awarded to Ana Rodriguez

Akyra was celebrating her recent graduation with honors from Philadelphia’s West Catholic Preparatory High School, where she finished third in her class.

Arts Scholarship

In honor of Luis Omar Ocasio Capo, awarded to Karen Perez Balza

Always willing to help out a friend in need, Luis was an avid dancer who lit up every room he entered.

Social Sciences Scholarship (Psychology)

In honor of Gerardo A. Ortiz Jimenez, awarded to Alexis Tirado

He studied law in Puerto Rico, but Gerardo was also known as a talented actor and dancer.

Communications & Journalism Scholarship

In honor of Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, awarded to Soleil Doering

A known goofball and interior design enthusiast, Eric had an eye for art and enjoyed life with his husband.

Business & Management Scholarship (Accounting)

In honor of Joel Rayon Paniagua, awarded to Ky-mani Barnett

A religious man and loyal friend who loved to dance, Joel emigrated from Mexico to enjoy a more peaceful life in the U.S.

Cosmetology Scholarship

In honor of Jean C. Mendez Perez, awarded to Catarina Provenzano, Provided by L'Oréal

Someone who always put family and friends above everything, Jean Carlos met his longtime partner Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon at the perfume store where he worked as a teen.

Business & Management Scholarship (Finance)

In honor of Jean Carlos Nieves Rodríguez, awarded to Braulio Gonzalez, provided by OUTFRONT Media

Remembered as a loving and caring teddy bear by friends and family, Jean was a hardworking general manager at a cash-checking store, and had recently become a homeowner.

Arts Scholarship

In honor of Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, awarded to Sage Croft

An integral part of his close-knit family, Christopher was a force of positivity to everyone fortunate enough to enter his life.

Arts Scholarship (Performing Arts, Preference given to student at Bellas Artes Puerto Rico)

In honor of Xavier Emmanuel Serrano-Rosado, awarded to Bethany Lucas

A father and professional dancer, Xavier helped friends accept themselves and always had a positive outlook on life.

Healthcare Scholarship (Medical Assistant)

In honor of Yilmary Rodríguez Solivan, awarded to Kimberly Casseus

A wife, and mother to two young boys, Yilmary had a contagious laugh and a smile that could light up any room.

Broadcast Journalism Scholarship

In honor of Eddie Sotomayor, Jr., awarded to Gayatri Chopra

A national brand manager for part of America’s largest gay-owned travel companies, Edward was energetic and loved having fun with friends and loved ones.

Any Field of Study

In honor of Angel of Strength, awarded to Spencer Cooper

The Angel of Strength was a happy person who made a difference in every life he touched.

Arts Scholarship (Vocal Performance)

In honor of Shane Evan Tomlinson, awarded to Blake Croft

The talented singer of a local cover band, Shane loved sharing his passion for music with the world.

Arts Scholarship (Architecture)

In honor of Martin Benitez Torres, awarded to Matthew Abrams

A selfless man with a big smile, Martin was a Puerto Rico native visiting Orlando to spend time with family.

Any Field of Study

In honor of Angel of Unity, awarded to Abdullah Abouradi

With a passion for helping others, the Angel of Unity lived in Brooklyn—where he worked at True Care Home Health Care and studied social work at St. Francis College.

Journalism & Communications Scholarship (Preference given to student at Universidad de Puerto Rico – Recinto de Arecibo)

In honor of Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, awarded to Evan Lorenzana

A member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Jonathan worked on the popular Telemundo show La Voz Kids, which is produced in Orlando.

Cosmetology Scholarship

In honor of Juan Pablo Rivera Velázquez, awarded to Myles Jackson

Juan was visiting Orlando to celebrate a friend’s birthday with his partner Luis Daniel Conde.

Social Sciences Scholarship (Psychology)

In honor of Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velázquez, awarded to Akeem Muller

Franky was a world-travelling professional Jíbaro folk dancer—an art he brought with him from Puerto Rico.

Healthcare Scholarship (Preference to Studies in EMT)

In honor of Luis Sergio Vielma, awarded to Kimberly Vielma

Always a positive influence on his friends and loved ones, Luis was a student at Seminole State College and ride operator at Universal Orlando Resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Nursing Scholarship

In honor of Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, awarded to Timothy Collins

Fighting homophobia in his youth, Luis was an inspiration and rock for friends in need of support. Some 10 years ago, he fell in love with his longtime partner Jean Carlos Mendez Perez soon after meeting in the perfume store where Jean worked.

Education Scholarship (Preference given to students studying Education for Special Needs)

In honor of Jerry Wright, awarded to Brandi Milliner, provided by Earl & Bettie Fields Automotive Group Foundation

A member of the “Disney family,” Jerald was a kind soul who was always willing to help those in need.