scholarship-winners_web.jpgHOLLYWOOD — College scholarships totaling $510,000 went to 27 students who participated in Broward National Academy Foundation’s Academy of Hospitality & Tourism at South Broward High School in Hollywood.

The Broward National Academy Foundation is a network of career-themed academies for high school students.

“We are tremendously proud of these students, who have won scholarships at colleges and universities that will help them to achieve post-secondary and career success after years of study in Broward’s NAF academies,” said Sam Chesser, vice president of Marketing at BrightStar Credit Union and a member of Broward NAF’s Advisory Board.

The scholarships are for the coming fall semester.

Among the winners are South Broward High students Marvah Benjamin and Erick Magloire, who each won a four-year Carnival Cruises Scholarship toward their education at Florida International University’s School of Hospitality. The scholarships cover full tuition and board.

Diana Alvarez and Marvah won the NAF’s Marriott International Academy of Hospitality & Tourism Scholarship. Cambria Knight, Erick, Diana and Marvah each won the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Certificate of Excellence.

Vicky Edgcomb, a national, board-certified teacher at South Broward High’s Academy of Tourism & Hospitality, won the 2014 Hospitality Teacher of the Year Award from the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.

The Broward NAF is a collaboration with Broward County Schools’ Career, Technical and Adult Community Education (CTACE) and The National Academy Foundation (NAF).

NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. More than 4,600 business professionals volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships and serve on local advisory boards.