Leadership Palm Beach County Awards 11 College Scholarships

Leon Fooksman
Leadership Palm Beach County
June 22, 2015

One student wants to be a physician with a “special emphasis on improvement of humanity in all aspects of life.”

Another student wants to “project innovative thinking when it comes to being the best leader I can possibly be.”

And a third student believes a leader “is not just someone who tells others what to do, but rather one who listens and responds to the needs of others, communicates well, and remains calm and collected during times of crisis.”

These are among the 2014-2015 Youth Leadership Scholarship recipients.

Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) is awarding 11 high school students with college scholarships --- totaling $12,000.

Each student is receiving a scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. The students are from public and private schools across Palm Beach County. More than 30 students applied for the scholarships. All of the students had completed LPBC’s Youth Program, now called Leadership Grow, which prepares local young leaders for college and future careers with a focus on serving in their communities.

The scholarships were generously made available through sponsors, supporters, and events related to LPBC, including Songwriters in the Round, which is held annually in West Palm Beach. The other scholarship providers are: Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Forte Interactive, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Foman Family Scholarship Fund, Monsanto Fund - America's Farmers Grow Communities, and Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A, as well as the LBBC Past Presidents Fund.

“We are so pleased that we can provide scholarship money for our young leaders, who represent the future of Palm Beach County,” said Dan Shorter, interim executive director, of LPBC. “There are a lot of great organizations in our community that have made supporting our youth a priority, and we should all be thankful for their generosity.”

Here is the list of the 11 scholarship recipients, along with their schools:


Krishna Bellam ($1,500, Suncoast High School)

Austin Blakeney, ($1,000, The King’s Academy)

Nicole Brito ($1,000, American Heritage School of Boca/Delray)

Kevuan Gayle ($1,000, Glades Central Community High School)

Emily Keogh ($1,000, Seminole Ridge High School)

Ashley Knoblauch ($1,000, Wellington High School)

Neeraj Patel ($1,250, Park Vista High School)

Ijahala Pottinger ($1,000, Palm Beach Lakes High School)

Jennifer Unger ($1,250, Olympic Heights Community High School)

Kylee Neeranjan ($1,000, American Heritage School of Boca/Delray)

Ashley Wilson ($1,000, Pahokee High School)


Congratulations to all the recipients!

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