On Saturday, June 3rd, the Scholarship Selection Committee gathered together to interview its new scholarship candidates. I am proud to announce for the 2017-18 school year, we were able to award $64,000.00 in scholarships to 30 remarkable individuals so that their educational goals and dreams can become a reality. These awards, made to 19 returning students and to 11 new applicants, would not have been possible without the overwhelming generosity of Moran Kidd, Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez, Peter Shapiro, Dr. Anthony Afong, Dr. Bert Ray, Judge Frank Clark, Eric Sandler, Steven Feldman, and of course, Touby, Chait, & Sicking, P.L, who made a significant match to these gifts.
Each year I am impressed with our students and this year is no different. Perhaps because of their experience with taking care of their injured parent, an overwhelming number of them plan to study medicine and the health sciences. They are a remarkable group of bright and highly motivated individuals. This year, the Mike Reid Award goes to Alexia Borges, a young girl from Miami who will attend UM. Alexia has a severely autistic brother and has written a book about her experience of growing up with his disability, as well as a blog for others with autistic siblings. The Phil Feldman Award goes to Silvia Huaman from Orlando. Silvia plans to study medicine at UCF and already travels on medical missions to the village in Peru where she was born. She hopes to one day open a clinic in this tiny village that has no health care facilities within three hours.The Jennifer Sadow award will once again be awarded to Duneshka Moran-Deleon from Jacksonville. She is from Jacksonville and continues to study pre-med at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Many thanks to Judge Wil Condry, Judge Frank Clark, Chuck Kelley, Cory Schnepper, Eric Sandler, Mal Steinberg, Anna Marie Kim, George Rotchford, Bert Ray, Joan Valdes, Vivian Hernandez-Popp, and Ken Eichler, who all devoted their Saturday to Scholarship Selection. Your efforts are instrumental in being able to meet the funds goals which as all know is to HELP THE KIDS attain their dreams and goals. Thanks again.
Last but not least, my heartfelt thanks to the Orlando Division led by Kim De Arcangelis, Peter Shapiro, Anna Marie Kim, Andrew Serano, and Matt Troy. Their 10th Annual Cards for a Cause event will be held Friday, June 16th, and helps us kick off our fundraising for next years' scholarships. Don't miss it if you are in the Orlando area.
I look forward to seeing you all at the WCI Conference in Orlando on August 7th!
Here's to a great summer,