The Isaac Bruce Foundation has announced the winners of the 2015 Isaac Bruce Foundation Scholarships in St. Louis and Fort Lauderdale. The St. Louis Isaac Bruce Foundation Scholarship presented by Ameren Corporation in the amount of $5,000 was awarded to Kacey Tatum of Francis Howell North High School. The Fort Lauderdale scholarship in the amount of $2,500 was awarded to Keila Bazile from Miramar High School.
Bruce started the scholarship program in St. Louis in 2008 after playing for the St. Louis Rams for 14 seasons. He then expanded the program in 2009 to include his hometown of Fort Lauderdale and the college in which he earned his degree, the University of Memphis. Kacey Tatum was selected from a competitive applicant pool of applications from the St. Louis area. She will be attending Grambling State next year. The Fort Lauderdale scholarship is targeted at graduating seniors from Broward County Public Schools, his former high school district. The winner of that scholarship, Keila Bazile, will be attending the University of Central Florida this fall.
As a senior at Dillard High School in Florida, Bruce was active in his community and school. His grades were not high enough to qualify for most scholarships but he knew he wanted to further his education. He attended West Los Angeles College and Santa Monica College before transferring to Memphis State in 1992 on a football scholarship and went on to have a successful career.
It is Isaac's hope that these scholarships will afford the graduates the opportunity to further their post-secondary education.