Lake Worth Dollars for Scholars Foundation to award $75,000 in college scholarships
Posted: 11:51 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013 By Willie Howard - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The Lake Worth Dollars for Scholars Foundation will award a record $75,000 in college scholarship money May 8 to students at Lake Worth High School and other schools in Palm Beach County.
The scholarship program, administered by the Lake Worth High School Alumni Foundation, raises money through fundraisers and donations.
This year's scholarship money includes a $10,000 anonymous donation to the foundation and $25,000 donated by the high school using proceeds from the flea market held on weekends just west of the Lake Worth High School campus, said David Cantley, a former principal of the high school and a board member of the alumni foundation.
Sixty-nine students will receive scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 during a ceremony set for 7 p.m. May 8 in the Tommy Hansen Hall auditorium at Lake Worth High.
Most of the college scholarship recipients are Lake Worth High School seniors.
Five students who are pursuing careers in education will receive Barry Grunow Memorial scholarships, named for the late Lake Worth Middle School teacher.
The alumni foundation holds an annual golf tournament and special events such as spaghetti dinners and hogs roasts to raise money for the Dollars for Scholars scholarships. People have included Dollars for Scholars Foundation donations in their wills, Cantley said.
After this year's scholarships are awarded, the Lake Worth Dollars for Scholars Foundation will have awarded a total of $752,700 in college scholarship money, Cantley said.
2012 AWARDS REPORT
When this year's efforts by the Dollars for Scholars Foundation members tallied the total given out to mostly Lake Worth High School students and a handful of other students from area public, private, and parochial schools, they had given out a breath-taking $74,750.
Dollars for Scholars President, Former Lake Worth High School Principal Dave Cantley said this year *55 Lake Worth High School students were awarded nearly $65,000 and 7 students from other schools were awarded $10,000 from the Barry Grunow Scholarship Fund. The Grunow scholarship fund was established to honor Barry Grunow, a Lake Worth Middle School teacher who was murdered in his classroom on the last day of school in 2000. "This year's growth was made possible, in part, by the contribution of $20,000 from Principal Dr. Kirk Howell from the school's Flea Market account" Mr. Cantley explained. "We also receive annual donations through our partnerships with The Kiwanis Club of Lake Work, The JFK Medical Center Foundation, The Lake Worth Women's Club and Wayne Akers Ford. The Florida Atlantic University Foundation continues to be an invaluable partner by matching our awards 100%," he continued.
Lake Worth Dollars for Scholars continues to flourish and to gain the respect of the community. The organization has a board of directors of 22 people who take their responsibility seriously and work hard to "make it happen" year after year. This year's contributions put the overall organization's awards over the $600,000 mark.
For those interested in more information, contact Mr. Cantley, 561-964-4025 or email
Please mail donations to Lake Worth Dollars for Scholars PO Box 1166 Lake Worth, FL 33462.
DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS
Scholarship records were broken again this year. Last year, fifty-eight financially needy students received a record $71,000.We awarded $10,000 in 1999, our first year.This year we will award a total of $74,750.Of this amount, $64,750 will be awarded to 55 Lake Worth High students and $10,000 from the Barry GrunowScholarship Fundto 7 students from public, private and parochial schools.Grunow recipients must be aspiring teachers.The Grunow scholarship fund was established to honor Barry Grunow, a Lake Worth Middle School teacher who was murdered in his classroom on the last day of school in 2000.This year's growth was made possible, in part, by the contribution of $20,000 from Principal Dr. Derek Howell from the school's Flea Market account.We also receive annual donations through our partnerships with The Kiwanis Club of Lake Work, The JFK Medical Center Foundation, The Lake Worth Women's Club and Wayne Akers Ford.The Florida Atlantic University Foundation continues to be an invaluable partner by matching our awards 100%.
Our endowments continue to grow, earning 7% per year.This year, for the first time, we took 50% of the earnings from the previous year from each endowed scholarship and put it in the scholarship fund.The remaining 50% will help the principal grow.A scholarship becomes fully endowed in perpetuity when it reaches $20,000.No amount will ever be taken from the principal.Anyone interested in endowing a scholarship in his/her name or in the name of a loved one can contact me at 561-964-4025.
Dollars for Scholars has a board of directors of 22 people who take their responsibility seriously and work hard to "make it happen" year after year.Special recognition is warranted for our awards committee headed by co-chairs Doris Welsh and Paul Blockson.Other awards committee members are Ed and Jane Whitaker, Scott Curry and Mary Faucci.
Lake Worth Dollars for Scholars continues to flourish and to gain the respect of the community.This year's awards puts us over the $600,000 mark. We appreciate all donations of time and dollars; however, we are only scratching the surface of our students' needs.Please mail your donations to Lake Worth Dollars for Scholars PO Box 1166 Lake Worth, FL 33462.
GO TROJANS!! Dave Cantley
Welcome to Lake Worth Dollars for Scholars
Lake Worth Dollars for Scholars (DFS) became only the third DFS chapter in Florida in 1999. Since then, we have awarded scholarships each year totaling:
$10,000 in 1999
$17,000 in 2000
$31,500 in 2001
$54,500 in 2002
$51,000 in 2003
$57,000 in 2004
$57,400 in 2005
$47,500 in 2006
$50,500 in 2007
$63,500 in 2008
$59,000 in 2009
$66,000 in 2010
$74,750 in 2011
$74,750 in 2012
Applicants must prove their ability to succeed in college through their grade point average, college entrance exam scores, extracurricular and community involvement and recommendations from their teachers and guidance counselors. All recipients must demonstrate financial need. Parents will be asked to complete and sign a financial disclosure statement.
Scholarship America is the nation's largest scholarship and educational support organization, and its DFS program is the nation's largest grass roots, community-based scholarship program - raising funds and providing financial and academic support to students in the community in which the funds are raised.
Lake Worth DFS is also proud to be the sponsoring agency for the Barry Grunow Scholarship Fund - www.BarryGrunowScholarship.org.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
If you received a Dollars for Scholars scholarship, we would like to hear from you. DFS is always interested in knowing how our award recipients are doing. Send us an email and tell us all about yourself. We will be proud to share your accomplishments on this site as well as with the Alumni Foundation.
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