Athletic Grant Program Renewed for 2019-2020 School Year

The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association is pleased to announce the renewal of the Athletic Grants Program for the 2019-2020 school year. The renewed grant comes after long time Crooms AoIT Alumni Association supporter and Class of 2011 graduate Gregory Raymond expressed interest in providing financial support for program this year.

Since 2012, the Alumni Association's Grants program has provided athletic clubs, sports teams, and school departments with financial support. Mr. Raymond was a member of the volleyball team during his time at Crooms AoIT and expressed his excitement to see the athletic program at Crooms AoIT continue to expand.

The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association’s grant program has been established to support the arts, athletics, activities and clubs at Crooms Academy of Information Technology in pursuit of a full and enriching academic experience for every student. The Alumni Association raises funds for the grant program through the use of private donations, which are separate from our membership dues. To keep the grant program viable, we ask that your team or program members and families become involved in the to the Alumni Association's events and activities now or in the future to ensure future students are able to receive similar support.

A total of $500 will be distributed during the Fall 2019 grant season. Multiple grants may be awarded, as such, applicants are encouraged to only apply for the amount they need. All funds distributed this season will be issued to a sporting team or athletic club, coach, or physical education program at Crooms Academy of Information Technology. A request amount may be less than or equal to $500 amount.

Submission Deadline: 11:59pm September 30, 2019

Procedures and Reporting Requirements

1. Submit the application: Applications may be submitted by e-mail at
2. Applications must be received by 11:59pm September 30, 2019
3. Applications will be reviewed by the Alumni Association’s Grants Committee. Distribution will occur in October/November 2019.
4. Input may be sought by the Grants Committee from the Athletic Director or school administrators.
5. You must submit a copy of the invoice supporting the monies spent within one year of receipt of the grant. Please return the invoice by e-mail to

FY19 Year End Financials

Dear Crooms AoIT Alumni Association members and supports,

We are pleased to present our FY19 consolidated income and balance sheet to provide full transparency into how your financial support is used. The Association's fiscal year runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. The Association uses cash accounting but a line has been entered to recognize scholarship commitments made in FY19 that were not paid out during the fiscal year. A summary of our activities can be found below:

  • The Association started the year with a fund balance of $3,176.96
  • Revenues of $3,844.55 were collected through memberships, donations, and other means.
  • Expenses of $3,364.07 were recognized. $3,250.00 of these expenses for were scholarships and grants. Overhead (largely from PayPal transaction fees and annual business registration fees) accounted for less than 3.5% of all expenses for the year.
  • An additional $750.00 remains to be disbursed for scholarships awarded during FY19.
  • Fund balance ended at $2,907.44, representing an 8.5% decline from the beginning of the year.

If you would like more details, we invite you review the attached spreadsheet which includes transaction level detail for the year. Donor information has been removed to protect the privacy of our donors. Do not hesitate to contact us if you should have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support.

New Gym Coming to Crooms AoIT

(SANFORD, FL) Crooms Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) will host a construction groundbreaking for their gymnasium replacement project on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Crooms AOIT located at 2200 Historic Goldsboro Blvd., Sanford, FL, 32771. The focus of this construction groundbreaking is to showcase the new prototype gymnasium that will replace the existing gymnasium located on 13th Street in Sanford which was originally built in 1963.

The official construction period is Summer 2019 with the intended completion of April 2020. The construction budget is $5,500,000 which will cover the demolition of the existing gym, upgrades to the existing Central Energy Plant that serves the campus’ HVAC system, and the construction of the new gymnasium. The new gymnasium will be approximately 25,000 square feet which will include a competition gymnasium, bleacher area, dressing rooms, and other support spaces.

WHAT: Crooms AOIT Construction Groundbreaking

WHEN: Thursday, August 8, 2019 / 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Crooms Academy of Information Technology
North Side of the Existing Gymnasium
2200 Historic Goldsboro Blvd.
Sanford, FL, 32771

Success at Business Professionals of America National Conference

Our Crooms AoIT Business Professionals of America team saw success at the National Conference this month. Some highlights include:

  • Mark B. placed 2nd in Digital Communications & Design Concepts
  • Mark B. placed in the top 10 in Digital Marketing Concepts
  • Ryan G. placed in the top 10 in Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications
  • Kyle B., Mark B., and Jessica A. placed in the top 10 in Web Design Team
  • Kyle B. and Alex Q. each received a BPA scholarship
  • Kyle B. won a BPA ambassador award
  • Kyle B. was elected to the National Officer Team as the BPA National Historian

Congratulations to our Crooms AoIT BPA team on all their success this year!

Crooms AoIT Alumni Association announces winners of two scholarships

The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association is proud to announce the winners of its two scholarships for the Class of 2019.

The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association Tech Innovation Scholarship worth $750 is being awarded to Alex Q. This year's field of Innovation Scholarship applicants was one of the strongest the Alumni Association has reviewed to date. The review committee was impressed by the quality of all of the applications. Alex's submission of "Particle Swarm Optimization of Machine Learning Ensembles" stood out for both being an example of emerging technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution while also being elegant in the simplicity of its code base. Alex will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall to study computer science.

The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association/Crooms AoIT Business Advisory Council Community Scholarship worth $750 is being awarded to Shiloh F. This year again marked a crowded field of applications for the Community scholarship, with each applicant showing how volunteerism and community service is important to them. Shiloh has been particularly active in the Sanford Youth Council and its initiative to raise awareness about human trafficking. Shiloh will be attending Florida State University.

The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association would like to thank this year’s applicants for their hard work and efforts, and we wish all of you – and, all of the graduates from the Class of 2019 - the best of luck in your future endeavors!


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