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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Pig on the Pond organization picks four students to receive scholarships

pig-holding-carnival-photoProject Scholars, the parent organization and host of Pig on the Pond Community Festival, announced the four South Lake County students who each will receive up to $10,000 in scholarships—$2,500 for each year they attend college:


Nellie Onugha. // Provided photos

  • Nellie Onugha, of Lake Minneola High School, plans to attend the University of South Florida and major in psychology and pre-med.
  • Damarys Rosado, of South Lake High School, plans to attend Santa Fe College and later transfer to the University of Florida. She plans to major in biology with the goal of going to veterinary medical college.
  • Trivani Budram, of South Lake High School, plans to attend the University of Central Florida and major in marketing.
  • Emily Curatolo, of East Ridge High School, plans to attend the University of Florida and major in biomedical engineering.

Damarys Rosado

“We are proud of these outstanding students and their accomplishments,” says Paul Rountree, president of the Project Scholars board of directors and executive vice president for Mainstreet Community Bank.

“They are not only exceptional scholars, they also are leaders with bright futures ahead. We are excited to help play a role in nurturing their dreams,” he adds.

The four students were among 130 that applied for the scholarships, which are funded largely by the Pig on the Pond Festival and area sponsors, according to a news release.


Emily Curatolo

Pig on the Pond Community Festival is a three-day event held at Clermont’s Waterfront Park and draws about 30,000 people.

The festival includes barbecue, a chili challenge and other food vendors, a carnival, live entertainment, fireworks and many other activities.


Trivani Budram

This family-friendly event is more than 20 years old and is one of the most popular in Central Florida. Pig on the Pond is scheduled for March 5-7, 2021. Visit and