Miami Dolphins award Boca Olympic Heights student full college scholarship

Valicia Browne of Boca Raton and Olympic Heights High School (Photo courtesy of Miami Dolphins)

DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins awarded Olympic Heights High School student Valicia Browne of Boca Raton a full scholarship to Florida State on Wednesday.

Browne is the first recipient of the Project Change Scholarship, part of a yearly fund for advocacy and social justice programs created by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Miami Dolphins players.

The Dolphins identify one high school student each year and will pay for their tuition to college over a four-year period. The goal of the scholarship is to target students to impact their lives, so they can make a change in their community.

“We are fortunate to have an owner in Stephen Ross and players that are committed to making these transformational changes,” Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs Jason Jenkins said. “The work Valicia is doing and aspires to continue is a shining example of working to better humanity. We’re excited to share in this next chapter with her as she embarks on what will be a bright future in college.”

Valicia carries a 4.2 GPA and plays tennis. She has a goal to establish medical clinics to provide affordable health care in underserved communities and is looking forward to working with civil rights/social justice groups in Tallahassee throughout college.

“Growing up, I’m originally from Brooklyn, my parents and I would always go to homeless shelters and feed those in need,” Valicia said. “Just seeing their faces light up for a hot plate of food that they would not normally have really inspired me to continue to put smiles on people’s faces.”

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