2017 Scholarship Comm Rpt

Scholarship Committee Report
Dollars for Scholars Meeting
August 10, 2017

The due date for submission of scholarship applications was extended to March 17, 2017 to insure the completion of the application process on line with the inclusion of the guidance counselor portion. The review, evaluation and selection process was completed April 6, 2017  by the Scholarship Committee consisting of:  Paul Blockson, Mike Woods, MaryAnne Hedrick, Maggie Cooper and Doris Welsh.

66 General  Academic Applications received:        11 Grunow Memorial Applications received:
43 General Recipients selected                                               5 Recipients selected

20 Vocational/Technical Applications received
5 Recipients selected                                  

72 Total Applications were submitted for evaluation & selection
53 Total 2017 Scholarship Recipients Selected

Amount Awarded  and Disbursed:
DFS General Academic          $79,000
1 Forfeited Scholarship          –   1,000
                                                $78,000
Vocational/Technical                10,000
                                                $88,000
Grunow Memorial                    15,000
Total Amount Expended       $103,000

Funding Sources:
Donations:
City of Lake Worth                 $25,000
LWHS Flea Market                  25,000
Lake Worth Kiwanis                   3,000
Baha’i                                          2,000
Lake Worth Rotary                     3,000
Lake Worth Women’s Club        1,000
Lake Worth Street Painting        3,000
LWHS Memorial                         2,000
Ann Harvey Memorial                2,500
LWHS Alumni Classes
(’66, ’76, & ’81)                         4,000
Tate  Family Foundation            1,500
Woodall Memorial                      2,000
Jean Barus                                   1,000
Total                                        $75,000
DFS Amount Awarded           $88,000
Donation Funding                   – 75,000

Funding from  DFS Internal Account             $13,000
(50% of Endowment Interest was available for scholarship funding in 2017)

The 19th Annual Awards Ceremony was held on May 11, 2017.  A total of $104,000 was awarded to 53 recipients at that time.

Awarded Scholarships:
General Academic Scholarships:        43 recipients                $79,000
Vocational/Technical Scholarhips        5 recipients                $10,000
Grunow Memorial Scholarships:         5 recipients                $15,000
Total recipients for 2017                  53                              $104,000

Scholarship Allotment Breakdown;
2 @ $5,000 =  $10,000
5 @$3,000  =  $15,000
8 @ $2,500 =  $20,000
10 @ $2,000 =  $20,000
22 @ $1,500 =  $33,000
6 @ $1,000 =  $  6,000
Total:  53     =$104,000         

Demographic Information:
Gender:  42 Female (79%)                  Race:  35 Black (66%)
11 Male (21%)                                  3 White (5%)
13 Hispanic (25%)
2 Multi-Racial (4%)

College of Intent…………………15 (10 Florida and 5 Out of State)
(56% of the recipients are continuing their education at colleges in Palm Beach County, and 88% will enroll in Florida colleges and universities.)

Since its beginning in 1999, DFS has awarded $1,074,700 in scholarships.   In memory of Barry Grunow $181,250 has been awarded.   Dollars for Scholars continues to provide deserving students at Lake Worth High School and throughout Palm Beach County with the opportunity to further their education and reach for their dreams.

A special thanks to the members of the scholarship committee for their time, dedication and diligent efforts throughout the review and selection process.  Mrs. Maggie Cooper, once again went above and beyond the call of duty by continuing to assist students and guidance counselors.  The invaluable support and assistance of Dr. Elvis Epps, Vincent Taormino and Dr. Annette Gilbert and the LWHS Guidance Department is greatly appreciated, and without whom the awards ceremony would have been difficult to make happen.

Finally, a sincere thanks to Kay and David Cantley and Mike Woods, the scholarship letters and checks were written, signed and mailed to recipients the last week of July 2017.  Letters were also sent to the colleges of intent identifying our scholarship recipients who would be enrolling at their institutions

Respectfully submitted
Doris A. Welsh,
Scholarship Committee Co-Chair