NOPE of Hillsborough – 2019 Scholarship Application

 WHAT:  NOPE of Hillsborough Scholarships (One – $1,500.00; One $500.00).  Michael Valdes Foundation Scholarship (One – $1,000.00).   These scholarship funds are to be used for college/extended/higher learning expenses.


WHO MAY APPLY:  Any Hillsborough County School Junior or Senior who has experienced a NOPE Presentation.


STUDENT REQUIREMENTS:  In addition to experiencing a NOPE Student Presentation, the student must have been accepted into a college, university, or a technical/trade institute or be waiting for entrance into one of the aforementioned institutions.


APPLICATION PACKET MUST INCLUDE:  Completed application form (pages 1-2 uploaded), GPA verification via Student Permanent Record Summary, Completed project (Project A or Project B submitted electronically to, and two reference letters (scanned and emailed to this gmail account).


APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Midnight of April 22, 2019


NOPE SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED:  May 2019 – preferably in person at student’s campus


Instructions to complete the NOPE of Hillsborough Scholarship Application:


1) Fill in Pages 1 & 2 of the online application.  Click submit.  If you prefer to print the application pages 1 & 2 off and fill them in by hand you will need to scan the two pages and email them to with your first and last name in the subject line / 2019 Scholarship.


2) Provide us with the GPA verification via your Student Permanent Record Summary.


3) Secure two Reference Letters:  one from your school – Administrator, Guidance Counselor, or Teacher; one from your personal life – a coach, pastor, relative, boss (if applicable), or friend.  These two letters can be hand written or typed.  They must include the full name of the person writing the letter, their relationship to you, their email and phone number.  The two letters need to be scanned and included in application packet sent to with your first and last name in the subject line / 2019 Scholarship.


4) Choose a Project that you wish to complete from the two offered below.  Once the project is complete you will need to submit it electronically to If the file is too large, we will provide you with a DropBox account link.


There are two projects.  Read through each one carefully and choose the one that best matches your capabilities, your resources, and your interest level.


Project A:   PowerPoint/Keynote/Prezi

Choosing to do this presentation will showcase your ability to take a very serious topic and create a presentation that not only conveys the content of a NOPE Student Presentation with its three key messages but also ties in National/Local statistics on youth substance abuse and accidental overdose deaths among the teen population.


The three key messages from a NOPE Student Presentation are as follows: Be the hero and tell someone who can help if you have a friend or a family member suffering from substance abuse (break your code of silence); Combining drugs and Just One Time Can Kill You; Make the call and Dial 911 if you feel someone is experiencing an overdose right in front of you.


Our hope is that this presentation could be shown to your peers, parents groups during a PTSA meeting, a local Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, Junior League Group, and beyond.  There is an opportunity to earn Bright Future Hours during the time spent sharing your presentation to various groups (must be pre-approved by your school’s Guidance Department Head).


Obtainable length/duration of finished presentation:  20 minutes


Project B: A Video About Reactions to a NOPE Student Presentation

Choosing to do this presentation will showcase your communication skills, creativity, and storytelling ability.  We are looking for you to build a compelling audio/video piece that lets someone who has NEVER experienced a NOPE Student Presentation get a true sense of what is to be gained from being at one.


Think outside the box on this one since it’s our hope to use your piece on Social Media (Facebook or Twitter), on YouTube, on our website, or possibly as a PSA on local cable channels.


Here are some suggestions of what could make this piece stand out:  Film a group session of students discussing the presentation; interview a guidance counselor, teacher, administrator, SRO, or friend about the presentation (use good questions – how did it affect them?); did someone get help for someone after NOPE? Ask that person about it; get a teacher’s reaction to the presentation.  Maybe add stats on the alarming rise of youth substance abuse, what’s trending these days, or maybe cut and paste in images from our NOPE web site or Facebook page (the photo boards, the auditorium style audience listening intently).


Here is what we are NOT looking for:  a selfie interview about why you liked the NOPE presentation, you asking your friend why they thought it was important to see the NOPE presentation, image after image of people saying “I liked the NOPE presentation.”  Or “I am glad NOPE came to our campus.”  We want more depth; more feeling, more raw emotions and reactions to this purposefully blunt presentation.

Applicant Information – required

First name:
Last Name:
Date of birth:
Current age:
Current street address:
Home phone number:
Your mobile phone number:
Your email address:
Parent Name and Contact Information:

High School Information – required

Current grade:
Current School you are attending:
When and Where did you attend a NOPE Student Presentation?
High School Address:
Name of Guidance Counselor:
Expected Graduation Date:
Current un-weighted and weighted GPA:

**Verification of GPA sent via Student Permanent Record Summary**

University, College, or Technical/Trade Institute Accepted To (or applied to):

Please use the area below to list any/all extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, civic), offices held, and/or honors that you have received. (If applicable – not required to be considered.)

Extracurricular activities:
Offices held:
Honors received:
Please state in a few sentences why you feel you are deserving of this scholarship award and what you plan to use the funds for: