Corporate Work Study Program – Partner Awards 2021
(June 2, 2021)

Corporate Work Study Partners are the backbone of the Cristo Rey model. Last week, at the Annual Cristo Rey Tampa Partner Appreciation Event, we celebrated the dedication of these outstanding individuals.

This group of Cristo Rey Tampa Partners was recognized for their support and mentorship to our students and their commitment to the Cristo Rey mission.

Thank you to all of our 2020-2021 Corporate Work Study Partners and Sponsors. We are grateful for your support and for persevering through this year with us. If there is one thing the past year has taught us, it is that together we can rise up!

2021 Award Winners

Mentor of the Year, Naeem Youngblood, Girl Scouts West Central
The Mentor of the Year Award is given to a supervisor who establishes a trustful relationship with students and is a trusted adviser.

Supervisor of the Year, Deborah Scott, Cushman & Wakefield
The Supervisor of the Year Award is given to a supervisor who takes great pride in maximizing the productivity of student workers. This person serves as an educator, coach, counselor, and director when managing multiple teams of students.

Partner of the Year, Andy Hirsch, BAIRD & Company
The Partner of Year Award is given to a corporate partner that has been a partner for more than four years, embodies the CRT mission, and shares the commitment with others in the Tampa Bay community.

Commitment to Service Award, Judge Catherine McEwen, United States Bankruptcy Court
The Commitment to Service Award is given to a corporate partner who dedicates their time to service/train students (pro bono), ranging from professional development, Financial Literacy, and time management.

Father John P. Foley Award, Mr. John Kirtley, Step Up For Students
The Father John P. Foley Award is given to a corporate partner who is a pioneer in education and supports disadvantaged students.

The Father John P. Foley Award is named in honor of the Chair Emeritus and Chief Mission Officer of the Cristo Rey Network®. In 1996, he was named President of the first Cristo Rey school located in Chicago. A visionary, Fr. John P. Foley has received numerous awards for his efforts in pioneering a new education model that prepares disadvantaged students for success in college and beyond.