I am very proud to announce that for the 2014-15 school year, we were able to award $64,000.00 in scholarships to 40 remarkable individuals so that their educational goals and dreams can become a reality. These awards, made to 26 returning students and to 14 new applicants, would not have been possible without the overwhelming generosity of Tom Conroy, Javier & Barbie Lopez, Warren Hanscom, Joan Valdes, Clint Lyons, Levine, Busch, & Schnepper, P.A. Mal Steinberg, and of course, Touby, Chait, & Sicking, P.L, who made a significant match to these gifts. These donors answered our plea and we all owe them our gratitude, appreciation, and thanks.
Every year, I am inspired by our students and this year is no different. They are bright and creative and will study animation, architecture, education, business, and politics to name a few. They seem destined for greatness and have aspirations that include Law and Medical school and careers with the FBI, Google, and the United States Government. This year the Jennifer Sadow award was granted to Devon Lynn, who attends Florida State University and is majoring in Special Education. The Mike Reid was awarded to Kristina Bogos. This remarkable young woman attends NYU and is majoring in Journalism. She will be spending her summer in Morocco studying Arabic through a Critical Language Scholarship she received from the U.S. Department of State. The Phil Feldman award was given once again, to Carolina Echeverri who will graduate this year from FSU. She too is abroad this summer, interning with the State Department in Portugal and working towards her goal of International Law.
Many thanks to Judge Ray Holley, Judge Wil Condry, Bill Mathews, Mark Spano, Bert Ray, Cory Schnepper, Eric Sandler, Mal Steinberg, Mary Esther Levine, Michael Horowitz, Anna Marie Kim, and George Rotchford, who all devoted their Saturday to Scholarship Selection. Last but not least, my heartfelt thanks to the Orlando Division led by Kim Woods, Peter Shapiro, Anna Marie Kim, Andrew Serano, and Matt Troy. Their wonderful Cards for a Cause event was a huge success and helps us kick off our fundraising for next years' awards.
I look forward to seeing you all at the WCI Conference in Orlando on August 18th!
Here's to a great summer,