On February 24, 1996, three Brothers to the Rescue aircrafts were conducting a search and rescue mission over international waters between Florida and Cuba when Cuban Air Force jets shot down two of the planes, killing all onboard.
The Martyrs of February 24 Scholarship was created by the four families of the fallen men:
Carlos Costa, Pablo Morales, Mario de la Peña and Armando Alejandre Jr.
Essay topic for the 2023 scholarship: The struggle for Human RIghts in Cuba - The July 11, 2021 protests and how the Cuban government responded (detentions and trials).
These scholarships are awarded to Miami Dade College students based on criteria, which includes academic achievement and leadership activities.
Completion of at least 12 credit hours toward an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Certificate Program by the end of current term
Submission of a three page original essay (750 words – 3 typed pages, double spaced, font of 10-12). The essay must include three bibliographic references (APA style)
Not Limited to Hispanic Students
Overall GPA of 3.00 - Scholarship will partially cover tuition, fees, and other related educational materials
Scholarship is only available for students continuing their studies at Miami Dade College or transferring to a university. Previous recipients are NOT eligible to apply.
One scholarship will be awarded to an aviation-related major Recipients will be required to attend an Awards Ceremony.
Scholarship essay support:
MDC Learning Resources has writing tutors that are available to help you with completing the scholarship application and reviewing the writing essay:
Here is the link to schedule an appointment:
Human rights and Cuba: Rights & wrongs-human rights television
[Video file]. (1995). Retrieved from Films on Demand database