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7/26/2017
Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Awards $1.2 Million

Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Awards $1.2 Million in Scholarships to 125 Deserving Students

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (July 26, 2017) – This year, 125 deserving students are fulfilling their educational dreams thanks to the donors of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. These students are the recipients of $1,224,097 in scholarships awarded by the organization.

The Community Foundation has more than 100 scholarship funds, established by donors committed to education. Funds are often named in the memory of a loved one. The organization has awarded more than $10.5 million in scholarship grants since 1983, and helped 2,048 students, making it one of the largest providers of scholarships in the two counties.

Students are evaluated by an advisory committee of board members and community volunteers based on a written application, test scores, transcripts and interviews. Individual scholarships ranged in amounts from $1,000 to $36,000 this year and were awarded to students from 32 high schools and colleges.

“Each scholarship winner is an exceptional student working hard to make our community a better place,” said Brad Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “It is through the generosity of the Foundation’s donors that these students can continue their education. Our scholarship program is a wonderful way to empower local youth and show them the impact of philanthropy.”

For more information on the scholarship program, or about establishing a charitable fund at the Community Foundation, please call 561-659-6800 or visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.
Here are the 2017 scholarship awardees by school:

Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Chloe Krammel Lawrence A. Sanders Scholarship Fund for Creative Writing and Lisa Bjork Memorial Scholarship Fund
Eva Gluck Delray Beach Playhouse Ernest G. Simon Scholarship and Sydelle F. & Arthur I. Meyer Scholarship Fund
Isaac Ochoa Edward T. Bedford Foundation Scholarship Fund
Makenzie Black Julian & Eunice S. Cohen Scholarship Fund
Nicole Kelly Sydelle F. & Arthur I. Meyer Scholarship Fund

Atlantic Community High School

Abid Khan Earnest Frank Scholarship Fund
Abid Khan Earnest Frank Scholarship Fund
Fabrice Jean Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Franceska Celunice Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Gabriela Vukaj Laurence E. Barreca Scholarship Fund
Laura Augustin Palm Beach Newspapers Scholarship Fund
Leonardo Durand Oristano Scholar Fund II**
Mainove Louidor Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Matthew Orlandi Oristano Scholar Fund II**
May Khammanyvong Laurence E. Barreca Scholarship Fund
Mohammad Asad Bradley Collins Memorial Scholarship Fund
Rebeca Tejeda Oristano Scholar Fund II**
Ruthnie Auguste Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Ryan Hunter Claire B. Schultz Memorial Scholarship Fund and Dave Yanis Scholarship Fund
Sheni Jhagru Edward T. Bedford Foundation Scholarship Fund
Stephane Noel Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Vy Nguyen Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Jose Edouard Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Lisa Tin Laurence E. Barreca Scholarship Fund

** Donor Highlight - Oristano Scholarship Fund II
**Mr. & Mrs. Victor Oristano opened their scholarship fund in 2015 with the Community Foundation as a successor of the Oristano Foundation, founded in 1983 in Fairfield, CT. Mr. Oristano served in the United States Navy during World War II. He began his military career as an air officer and retired from active duty as Lt. Commander in 1946. After his time in the service, Mr. Oristano held career roles in both the yachting and Cable TV industries. The Oristano Scholarship Fund II is designed to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds that did not obtain a GPA higher than a 3.0. in high school to assist those that would not likely be considered for scholarship assistance due to their academic record. Mr. Oristano is the oldest donor at the Foundation at 100 years of age.


Boca Raton Community High School

Annie Coen Harry & Bertha Bronstein Memorial Scholarship Fund
Beljee Jeanty Earnest Frank Scholarship Fund and Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Maja Aganovic Mickey Mandelblatt Memorial Scholarship Fund
Martha Hagan Earnest Frank Scholarship Fund and Lance Corporal Ryan J. Sorensen USMC Liberty Scholarship Fund


Boynton Beach Community High School

Anysha Scott Inez Peppers Lovett & Charlie Ellington Scholarship Fund
Jerrica Arias Earnest Frank Scholarship Fund and Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Rebecca Jesse Thomas William Bennett Memorial Scholarship Fund

Cardinal Newman High School

Nathan Grant Nettie Spiro Finkle Scholarship Fund, Phillip D. O'Connell, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, and Tara Sheridan Scholarship Fund
Sean Sykes Jon M. Napierkowski Memorial Scholarship Fund and Sunburst Foundation Community Scholarship Fund

Clark Advanced Learning Center

Amanda Barstow Flicker/Freudenberg Scholarship Fund
Benjamin Burrell Harrington Scholarship Fund for Martin County
Hassan Moussa Flicker/Freudenberg Scholarship Fund and Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Rileigh Krystyniak Harry & Bertha Bronstein Memorial Scholarship Fund and Trimble Scholarship for Martin County Fund
Stefanie Pineda Mijres Sunburst Foundation Community Scholarship Fund
Tanner Weimer Trimble Scholarship for Martin County Fund

Florida Atlantic University High School

Benedicte Deshommes Sunburst Foundation Community Scholarship Fund
Jillian Chapley Edward T. Bedford Foundation Scholarship Fund
Marianna Calvet The Gubelmann Family Foundation Scholarship Fund

Forest Hill Community High School

Allison Castiblanco Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund (see quote below)
Ariel Duhart Leah G. Schad Memorial Scholarship Fund
Eric Lassalle Roberta & Stephen R. Weiner Scholarship Fund
Kristina Lemajic Edward T. Bedford Foundation Scholarship Fund and Robert & Deborah Jacobson Scholarship Fund
Madison Buckmaster Nicolas Megrath Scholarship Fund
Maria Cardoso Sunburst Foundation Community Scholarship Fund
Renata Tovar Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Rosemarte Senatus Palm Beach Kennel Club Scholarship
Brandon Redding Adele Wells Meyer Memorial Scholarship Fund

Student Spotlight
“I plan to attend the University of Florida with the help of an $11,000 scholarship I received from the Community Foundation. I was beyond happy and excited when I saw the e-mail that I had received a scholarship from the Community Foundation. Just seeing the e-mail gave me a breath of hope for my future. There are no words to thank the Community Foundation because they are truly helping my dream come true and giving me more hope day after day. I can't wait to begin my career in medicine and make my dad who looks down on me proud, and my mom who holds my hand every step of the way even prouder. Thank you for the opportunity and for seeing something special in me,” Allison Castiblanco


Glades Central Community High School

Jac'Qaunda Robinson Earnest Frank Scholarship Fund
Olanda Alcenat Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund

G-Star School of the Arts

Jadon Hicks Oristano Scholar Fund II**


Home School

Emma Hair Edward T. Bedford Foundation Scholarship Fund
Christy LaFlamme Edward T. Bedford Foundation Scholarship Fund

Inlet Grove Community High School

Jamesha Kendall Earnest Frank Scholarship Fund

Jensen Beach High School

Jonathan Fowler J. Peter Hoffman Memorial Scholarship Fund

John I Leonard High School

Breanna Padron Sunburst Foundation Community Scholarship Fund
Jerome Small Peter Jay Sharp Foundation Scholarship Fund
Sabrina Castellenos- Porres The Gubelmann Family Foundation Scholarship Fund
Marie Joseph Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Geralyn Moore Ellen Beth Eddleman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jupiter Community High School

Abigail Pariseleti Heather & Patrick Henry Scholarship Fund
Hailey Fritz Don Dahlberg Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kacey Russo James H. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund
Quinn Ladika Matthew James Audin Memorial Scholarship Fund
Gianna Arcuri James H. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund
Summer Henderson James H. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund

Lake Worth Christian School

Caroline Brodi Robert D. Handley Memorial Scholarship Fund


Lake Worth Community High School

Gerthania Louis Dan Smith Dairy Scholarship Fund
Joezer Pascal Edward T. Bedford Foundation Scholarship Fund
John Serra Colonel Karl V. Price Lake Worth Community High School ROTC Scholarship Fund

Olympic Heights Community High School

Sebastian Castillo Earnest Frank Scholarship Fund

Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches

Danielle Sturm George & Arlene F. Lepeska Scholarship Fund

Pahokee High School

Joselyn Lopez The Reuter Scholarship Fund
Lissett Paniagua Irene Gibson Clay Scholarship and Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
David Howle Frank & Marie Cleary Memorial Scholarship Fund and Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Business Scholarship Fund
Jamesha Whitfield Mabry M. Noxon Scholarship Fund and Theodore Satter Memorial Scholarship Fund
Emmanuel Arredondo Frank & Marie Cleary Memorial Scholarship Fund and St. Mary's Extended Education Fund
Jasmine Miller Bank of America Minority Student Scholarship Fund
Jocabed Martinez Edward T. Bedford Foundation Scholarship Fund
Tamia Robinson Harry & Bertha Bronstein Memorial Scholarship Fund

Palm Beach Central High School

Dillon Green Palm Beach Newspapers Scholarship Fund
Najia Woodie Oristano Scholar Fund II**

Palm Beach Gardens Community High School

Brianna Coulton Ray Howland Scholarship Fund
Hassana O'Connor Sunburst Foundation Community Scholarship Fund
Mary Brown Palm Beach Newspapers Scholarship Fund
Victoria Lamothe Williamson Pioneer Scholarship Fund
Elijah Thomas Ryan Kollmer Memorial Scholarship Fund

Palm Beach Lakes Community High School

Sydney McTier Robert D. Handley Memorial Scholarship Fund
Teon Smith Thomas William Bennett Memorial Scholarship Fund

Park Vista Community High School

Clara Loftis George & Arlene F. Lepeska Scholarship Fund
Esther Ducas Sunburst Foundation Community Scholarship Fund
Kayla Mohan Oristano Scholar Fund II**
Maria Perez Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Maribel Davila Community Scholarship Fund and Maura & William Benjamin Scholarship Fund
Max Ackerman Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Sheila Le Edward T. Bedford Foundation Scholarship Fund
Tina Tring Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund

Royal Palm Beach Community High

Bobbi-Ann Matheson Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund

Santaluces Community High School

Bianka Monis Beverly Sommer Scholarship Fund and Ralph O. Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund
Cyleena McFadden Colonial Bank Scholarship Fund
Edwin Ross Bennett/Darwin Family Scholarship Fund
Junie Estime Sunburst Foundation Community Scholarship Fund
Will Perez Oristano Scholar Fund II**

Seminole Ridge Community High School

Rachel Semple Sunburst Foundation Community Scholarship Fund

South Fork High School

Hannah Chenoweth Robert D. Handley Memorial Scholarship Fund
Lacey Lingelbach J. Peter Hoffman Memorial Scholarship Fund
Lilliana Scienzo Terry Darby Memorial Scholarship Fund
Lilyanna Mancuso Loblolly Scholarship Fund and R. Bruce Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund
Lindsay Wiley Edward T. Bedford Foundation Scholarship Fund
Marylin Milewski Oristano Scholar Fund II**
Stephen Grant Horvat Earnest Frank Scholarship Fund
Wilmir Andres Walter & Adi Blum Scholarship Fund
Xiomara Bueso First Bank & Trust of Indiantown Memorial Scholarship Fund

South Tech Academy

Aline Exume Sunburst Foundation Community Scholarship Fund

Spanish River Community High School

Larissa Anthony Mickey Mandelblatt Memorial Scholarship Fund*


*Donor Highlight – Mickey Mandelblatt Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Mickey Mandelblatt Memorial Scholarship Fund was at the Community Foundation in 1996 by Ms. Charlotte Mandelbaltt, wife of the late Mickey Mandelblatt. Mickey Mandelblatt worked for Pantry Pride, one of the largest supermarkets in the United States. As the Chief Financial Officer of Pantry Pride, Mr. Mandelbaltt was credited for playing an instrumental role in bringing the supermarket successfully out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Mickey Mandelblatt Memorial Scholarship Fund is awarded to graduating high school seniors from a Boca Raton public or private high school, that have obtained a weighted GPA of a 3.0, demonstrate financial need, are United States citizens, and have significant challenges in their life. Mickey Mandelblatt was passionate about affording equal opportunity for higher education to students and this scholarship fund acknowledges his confidence in the principal that knowledge offers a bright a bright future.


Suncoast Community High School

Cody Coombs Helen Powers Monahan Scholarship Fund
Hannibal Chakhtoura The Gubelmann Family Foundation Scholarship Fund
Madison Duncan-Dieujuste Palm Beach Kennel Club Scholarship Fund and Thomas William Bennett Memorial Scholarship Fund
Renee Runge LSP Educational Scholarship Fund

Wellington Community High School

Daniel Clein Harry & Bertha Bronstein Memorial Scholarship Fund
Victoria Cruz Palm Beach Kennel Club Scholarship Fund

William T. Dwyer High School

Colin Graulich Harry & Bertha Bronstein Memorial Scholarship Fund
Pamela Gores Lawrence A. Sanders Scholarship Fund for Creative Writing Fund