Keizer University in Tampa is helping a local high school student achieve new educational goals with a $25,000 scholarship.

In July, the university partnered with Gentlemen’s Quest of Tampa to help support its STEM camp and provide a scholarship for a senior graduate.

Gentlemen’s Quest of Tampa is a non-profit organization that aims to train and support young men in the community. The group hosts workshops and events to provide students with strategies for succeeding in difficult situations and the skills needed to be productive citizens after graduation.

This summer, the organization hosted a STEM Camp Community Showcase where 40 students created robots and showcased their products to clients including Tampa General Hospital, the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County Schools.

Graduate Jayalan Moreau and his team worked to solve a problem for the school district, building a robot that uses facial recognition to track attendance. His team won first place in the competition, winning a $10,000 prize money.

As the only senior in the group, Moreau received an additional scholarship from Keizer University in Tampa. The scholarship is $2,500 per semester, up to ten semesters, if the senior is pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

Adrian Tilman, an instructor at Keiser University in Tampa, also stepped up during STEM camp to help students learn coding. Tilman added that it was a great opportunity for young men of color to see a man of color in the tech industry.

“We are proud of the diversity of our student body and want to show the community that we are an institution that celebrates that diversity, regardless of sector,” said campus president Brandon Barnhill.

This is the first time the university has partnered with Gentlemen’s Quest to provide a scholarship to a local student.

Keizer University is a private, independent, nonprofit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and at two international locations. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, Keiser University currently offers more than 100 degrees ranging from associates to doctoral degrees. Keiser University is a designated Hispanic-serving institution, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and was ranked #5 in the United States in social mobility by US News And World Report in 2022.