Buckhorn residents and high school seniors Andrew Kraemer and Rebecca Burkett recently received college scholarships from the Buckhorn Homeowners Association Scholarship Committee.

Two high school seniors heading to college in the fall will have an easier start, thanks to the Buckhorn Homeowners Association (HOA). The group awarded scholarships of $500 each to Andrew Kraemer and Rebecca Burkett at its annual membership meeting last month.

“All of the applications for the scholarships were extremely qualified,” said Scholarship Chair Maria Singfield. “Our scholarships recognize the hard work and dedication of our high school seniors and their desire to further their education at the college or university of their choice.”

The winners were chosen by the Buckhorn College Scholarship Committee and all applicants had to have completed 75 hours of community service and have a 3.0 unweighted grade point average.

Kramer, who is graduating from Strawberry Crest High School’s International Baccalaureate program this month, has been captain of the varsity basketball team, is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and Future Investors of America Club. He has been accepted to the University of Florida where he wants to major in Business or Business Economics and hopes to pursue a career in professional sports team management and explore entrepreneurship.

While attending Durant High School, Burkett took honors and advanced placement classes and was the treasurer of the Student Government Association, member of Students All Connected, the Marine Science Club, National Honor Society and Special Olympics. She has been accepted to the University of Florida and Florida State University and intents to major in Biological Science and minor in Business. After graduation, she wants to attend medical school and become a physician in OB/GYN.

“On behalf of the Buckhorn College Scholarship Committee, we would like to congratulate the recipients and thank all the seniors who applied for these scholarships,” said Singfield. “We wish them all the best in the future as they pursue their dreams.”

The Buckhorn subdivision, located in Valrico, is a very active community of 652 homes situated around the back nine holes of the Buckhorn Springs Golf Course. The HOA holds many events throughout the year for residents. For more information, visit www.buckhorn.us.

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Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.