The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program now through May 22. This year, the nonprofit organization has pledged more than $1.3 million to support promising high school students planning to enroll in college in 2023. The average award for each scholarship winner is expected to be $10,000 this year.
Since 1985, the Community Foundation has offered both need- and merit-based scholarships with an aim to increase access to higher education and decrease the burden of debt for our area’s aspiring college students. The Community Foundation currently hosts more than 120 scholarship funds, all set up by donors. All students residing in Palm Beach and Martin Counties are eligible. Students can apply for all of the scholarships via the Community Foundation’s general scholarship application.
According to Lisa Morgan, chair of the Community Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, this year’s goal is to support more students from the western parts of Palm Beach County, specifically the Glades, with scholarships.
“The Glades is one area that has long been underserved by philanthropic efforts and we hope to change that going forward,” said Morgan. “There are so many deserving students in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, including in our western communities, capable of achieving so much more with financial assistance.”
To further this goal, the Community Foundation recently appointed Tammy Jackson-Moore, a community organizer and leader and founder of Guardians of the Glades, to the Scholarship Committee in an effort to reach more area students. Past experience has shown that students are typically identified for scholarship opportunities with the help of their high school guidance counselors.
Students planning for college enrollment in the summer and fall of 2023 are eligible to apply. The Community Foundation’s Scholarship Committee reviews applications and matches potential candidates to scholarship funds based on a variety of criteria. Several scholarships require interviews. The Scholarship Committee makes awardee recommendations to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, which then votes to approve scholarship funding. Funding is ultimately distributed to the college or university of the recipient on an annual basis. To apply for a scholarship or learn more about the process, click here.