2023 Sia Yorker
Medical Science Scholarship Winners
1st. Place Winner $1,500.00
Triniti Belflower (3rd from L)
Deltona High School
2nd Place Winner $1,200.00
Jocelyn Torres (3rd From R)
Trinity Christian Academy
3rd Place Winner $900.00
Iris Qu (2nd From L)
Winter Springs High School
4th Place Winner $700.00
Jeana Dundon (2nd From R )
Deland High School
5th Place Winner $500.00
Paige Horne (4th From R)
Pine Ridge High School
This scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Tom Russell, Sia's High School Principal of Pine Ridge High School, Class of 2011, former Volusia County Superintendent, and Palm Coast High Principal. Mr. Russell hosted the March 2020 Medical Scholarship Gala at the Orland Lake Mary Marriott, just one week before the world was shut down due to COVID. Mr. Tom Russell Transitioned from earth to heaven in December 2020 as a result of COVID. Mrs. Russell and her son Jake attended the event, Jake spoke on behalf of the Russell family. Mrs. Russell was presented with a bouquet of Roses from the Sia Yorker Brain Awareness Scholarship
2023 Master Of Ceremony,
Husband, Father, Actor & Comedian,
Mr. Eric Weece
Mr. Brandon Shadeed, a former 2018 Medical Science Scholarship winner offered words of encouragement to the 2023 Scholarship Recipients. I was so honored to have this opportunity and to receive the support to help me pursue my dreams, said Mr. Brandon Hicks Shadeed, a registered nurse and former 2018 Deltona High Health Academy graduate who also received the 2018 Sia Yorker Medical Science Scholarship. I thought I was just getting a scholarship at this point, but little did I know I gained even more. The Sia Yorker Foundation is like a second family to me; it keeps expanding yearly with new recipients. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ECPI) University and a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from the University of North Florida.
The Sia Yorker Community Cares Youth Volunteer Program launched in December 2022, an intergenerational program that brings our youth and seniors together to build bonding relationships that benefit both our youth and seniors through community service volunteer programs. Mr. Eric Costello was honored by the Sia Yorker Brain Awareness Foundation with the 2023 Sia Yorker Community Cares Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, with his parents and elder brother present to cheer him on. Eric is a Pine Ridge High School AVID Program student who has participated in all volunteer outreaches with the foundation in 2022, as well as the first student to participate in the newly established Sia Yorker Community Cares Youth Volunteer Program.
Meet the board members of the Sia Yorker Brain Awareness Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Valerie Olude Dorothy Mowbray Leslie Yarde Paula Yorker Al Yorker
Executive Assistant Board of Director Event Manager Executive Director Public Relations Director
The missing board members are Dr. Sylvan Dore `Advisory Board Member, Tiffanie Trent-Executive Secretary, Shawnie Riggins Mission Ambassador, Shawn Riggins Mission Ambassador
Photographer Mr. Kai Olude of RTW Photography in Orlando, Florida took the photos.
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