HHS IB Alliance announces the establishment of the Abhishek “AB” Taiwade Memorial Scholarship Award for Hillsborough High School seniors. The scholarship was created to honor AB’s memory and to motivate college-bound students to raise awareness of the signs of suicide by incorporating the ACT message (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell).
Those students who can prove that they demonstrate a commitment to promote awareness of suicide prevention in their community will be awarded a scholarship from the Abhishek “AB” Taiwade Memorial Scholarship Fund. Hillsborough High school seniors are asked to submit a narrative, script or artistic piece incorporating the Signs of Suicide® program message and demonstrating the significant role a friend has to take to help save a life.
Suicide is a serious public health problem that takes an enormous toll on families, friends and classmates. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide was the country’s 10th leading cause of death in 2013. After AB’s death, his parents, Atul and Kavita Taiwade, were left with a fierce determination to create something positive.
On behalf of AB’s family, the IB Alliance thought the best way to honor AB’s memory and celebrate his life would be to pass on his love of family and passion for hard work through educational scholarships for Hillsborough High School students. We expect scholarship recipients to fulfill their potential in higher education by using the lessons AB taught us: cherish one another, look to the future, and make the world
a better place. So that we can fund this scholarship for years to come, feel free to contribute to our mission by donating to the Abhishek “AB” Taiwade Memorial Scholarship Fund at http://hhsib.org/product/abhishek-taiwade/
Who is Abhishek “AB” Taiwade?
Abishek Taiwade, affectionately known as AB, was an alum of Hillsborough High School IB Class of 2015. AB was a vibrant individual, deeply committed to his family and friends. He was a beloved family member who made a positive impact on everyone around him. On October 14, 2015, he tragically ended his own life. In the wake of AB’s suicide, his family and friends struggled to come to terms with his death, and to find a way to celebrate his life. Abhishek Taiwade Memorial Scholarship was formed as a way to honor AB’s memory and continue his legacy of love.
One scholarship totaling $500.00 will be awarded. This can be applied to tuition, books and supplies for community college, technical/vocational school or 4-year college/university.
Scholarship Award Eligibility Criteria
All graduating Hillsborough High School seniors planning to pursue post secondary education are eligible.
Essay, Script or Artistic. See instructions below for more specific information.
March 22, 2019, at www.hhsib.org
If you have questions about the Abhishek “AB” Taiwade Memorial Scholarship or application, please submit your query on the HHS IB website: https://www.hhsib.org/contactus/
Please read the following instructions carefully.
1. The scholarship application is due on March 22nd. The application must be submitted here on the HHS IB website.
2. Any portion of the application that is received after March 22nd will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made.
3. The Scholarship Award recipient will be notified by the IB Alliance by April 10th and presented at the HHS Awards program in late April (TBD).
Apply and demonstrate the core principles of the SOS- Signs of Suicide Program: ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) in your school or community in one of three ways: narrative, script or artistic.
Narrative (should not exceed 650 words) – Describe and give specific examples of your leadership by explaining a specific way that you have helped or would help a friend or yourself by using the ACT steps (Acknowledge, Care, Tell). Describe challenges faced when applying these principles and how to overcome them? What ideas do you have to grow the ACT message outside of your school?
Script (should not exceed 650 words) – Write a script that could be used in a high school workshop setting on signs of suicide and incorporate the ACT steps (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell). Include at least three warning signs.
Artistic Submission – Through the use of art, music, poetry etc. please depict how you helped or would help a friend or yourself by using the ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) steps. You must supplement your artistic submission with a brief narrative detailing how the ACT steps are incorporated (should not exceed 250 words).
Please mail the artistic supplement ONLY to Abhishek “AB” Taiwade Memorial Scholarship 5000 Central Avenue Tampa, FL 33603. Must be postmarked by March 22nd.
- SOS Friends for Life- Jordan’s Story
- SOS Friends for Life- Elyssa’s Story
- SOS High School Power Point SOSHighSchool.pdf
- Option 2 Skit Warning Signs Checklist
6. Review the Scoring Rubric
Click here and make sure to become familiar with the scoring rubric that will be used for the applications.