College Scholarships Given Students

 

The Delray Woman's Club selects, through application, female Atlantic High School Seniors who meet the Club's College Scholarship criteria.  The Club awards an annual college scholarship in the amount of $1,000. per year for four years to the winner.

In 2014, the recipient of the Scholarship was awarded to a young woman attending FAU/Boca Raton.  Due to circumstances she lives with a Guardian in Delray Beach.  The young woman worked at Marshall's, volunteered 350 hours at a local nursing home, earned a 3.9 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society, and tutored her high school peers when needed.

In her own words, "I'm an immigrant from Haiti, I came to the United States of America in 2011 after the earthquake that struck upon my country.  Unfortunately, during the earthquake I lost someone really close to my heart - my mother.  I had to move to the United States to live with a Guardian.  This crisis, however, with the hope of God, gave me the motivation to be the best me that I can be.  As an immigrant, I am aware that I need to work twice as hard compared to other students, and that is what I have been doing since I came to the United States of America.  I am entirely dedicated to my education and to my success.  I dream of becoming a Physician' s Assistant to make the world a better place by helping people in need.  My favorite quote:  "Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime", is my favorite."

Currently, 2016, the Scholarship recipient successfully continues as a Sophomore at FAU/Boca Raton earning to date a 3.6 GPA.

The 2016 recipient is also a native of Haiti, daughter of hard working, uneducated immigrants who instilled the importance of education into their daughter.  In tenth grade the Woman's Club awarded the student, at the suggestion of the High School Counselor, with the HOBY Leadership Conference, a national leadership conference held for two days on the Lynn University Campus.  She was employed at TJ Maxx during high school after attending both Pine Grove and Orchard View Elementary Schools, graduating high school with a 3.6 GPA. Bullied in second grade upon arrival, speaking no English, poorly dressed, she learned English by watching PBS, Barney and TV cartoons.

In her own words,"When I lived in Haiti, at the age of six I witnessed the hardships that my mom faced just to send my brother and me to school.  She would sell some of her things to make enough money to put food on the table.  When I came to the United States I thought I wouldn't see my parents struggle as much; unfortunately, that wasn't the case.  Both parents have to work continually and were absent during my high school years providing a home and meals.  Watching my dad work hard by taking extra shifts at work to make a sufficient amount of money to provide for our family compels me to fight for the best of times.  I want to succeed to show them I acknowledge their hard work and for them to see that their struggles weren't  for any reason.  I am grateful for this chance to get money to continue my education; it will make all the difference in my life.  I am ready to do anything to accomplish why I came here for. Eric Thomas said, "if you want to be successful just as much as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful."  I am dedicated to my academic success.

A Freshman, she has earned a 3.2 GPA her first semester.  The Club continues to support her efforts.

The Delray Woman's Club mentors each scholarship recipient for the four years, truly believing in investing in the success of local youth, their education and overall success, hoping these talented and passionate students will reside in Delray Beach upon completion of their education.