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Sherri Lynn VanDeBoe is a beloved elementary school teacher in Tampa, Florida.  She taught in Hillsborough County for 24 years and spent time at Riverhills Elementary, Lewis Elementary and Carrollwood Elementary.  

Sherri is a Tampa native.  She attended Tampa Catholic High School and the University of South Florida.  She was a cheerleader for both and coached local youth cheer teams for years.

Sherri comes from a family of public servants.  Her mother and mother-in-law were both teachers.  Her father is retired military and worked for the VA.  Her husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law are all current or retired firefighters.

Sherri shines a light everywhere she goes.  She’s the first to help someone in need. She’s that teacher that all the students remember.  She’s that friend who always makes you laugh.  She’s the daughter who makes her parents proud.  Sherri's life has been one of service.  This scholarship honors that legacy!

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Scholarship Eligibility Criteria


  1. Current USF student (MUST be continuing enrollment in summer or fall, 2024)

  2. Accepted into USF K-12 College of Education

  3. 3.0 minimum college GPA

Award Amount


The amount of $1,000 will be awarded to the recipient of the scholarship on or before May 1, 2024.

Application Process


  1. Review eligibility criteria

  2. Complete online application

  3. Submit required 250-300 word essay

  4. Upload one letter of recommendation from an educator (teacher, administrator, professor) (**Alternatively, your reference may email his/her letter directly to  Please make sure your name is clearly shown in the email subject line)

  5. Upload a current USF college transcript

  6. Upload a transcript or letter from the USF College of Education showing acceptance into the USF College of Education (K-12).

Application Deadline


Completed application and all supporting documents must be received no later than midnight on March 29, 2024.



Children of members of the Peirano Family Foundation Board of Directors are not eligible to apply.  Children of donors to the Peirano Family Foundation are welcome to apply, but will receive no preferential rating.  Scholarship applications will be subject to a blind review process by a panel of outside judges.



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Your Donation Creates Opportunities

Make a difference in the lives of students by donating to the Sherri VanDeBoe Future in Education Scholarship. Your contribution will help to provide financial assistance to USF students striving to become new teachers.

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