Raphael moved to Florida from the Philippines with his parents and 3 other siblings.  He likes to dream big and to challenge himself in all things related to his education. His plans are to attend the University of South Florida and major in Biomedical Engineering. 

What does receiving this scholarship mean to you?

“This scholarship would have a tremendous impact on my education. My oldest sister currently studies there and I’ve seen financial struggles in my family because of that. I don’t want my parents to experience the same thing for me when I go to university.”

The Leo Wotitzky Memorial Scholarship was established by his family, friends and former students in the memory of one of Florida’s finest citizens. Mr. Wotitzky had an illustrious life as a teacher, newspaper editor, state legislator and attorney at law. Due to his intellect,personality and sense of humor, Leo was a leader in every activity he undertook. In both his personal and professional life, he always identified with people who might have been economically disadvantaged, but had the intellect, inner strength, and motivation to reach their life goals.

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