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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 a devoted wife. 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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Hannah Jones

University of South Florida

2024 recipient 

Hannah "Bunny" Jones is the first ever recipient of the Sherri VanDeBoe Future in Education Scholarship. Hannah is completing her junior year at the University of South Florida as an Elementary Education major focusing on literacy and ELL & ESE accommodations in elementary education. She loves working with kids and has been working in education as a tutor, TA, and intern since she was 14. Hannah has made a commitment to work hard and do her best to make a positive impact in her community. She plans on using her degree to become an elementary school teacher and help kids in the community learn and grow!


Scholarship Eligibility Criteria


  1. Current University of South Florida undergraduate student (MUST be continuing enrollment in summer or fall, 2024).

  2. Accepted as an undergraduate into the University of South Florida College of Education (K-12).

  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 the online application.

  3. Submit the required 250-300 word essay.

  4. Upload a letter of recommendation from an educator in your high school or college career (teacher, professor, administrator, or TA). The letter may not come from your advisor.
    **Alternatively, your reference can email his/her letter directly to Follow the guidelines at the top of the application for submitting documents via email.

  5. Upload a copy of your undergraduate USF transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable) showing your current overall USF GPA. **A submission from Degree Works is acceptable.

  6. If your transcript does not show that you have been accepted into the USF College of Education (K-12), you may upload or submit via email a letter from USF verifying your undergraduate acceptance into the USF College of Education (K-12). Follow the guidelines at the top of the application for submitting documents via email.

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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