April 2018

Palm Beach Atlantic University has selected two incoming Florida freshmen as Farish Scholars starting in the fall 2018-19 academic year.


Jonathan Carleton of Monteverde and Lauren Johnson of Orlando were chosen from a field of 20 qualifying applicants for the coveted four-year, full tuition scholarship named after the late attorney Joseph Farish Jr.

Farish who died in September 2010 at age 89, was known as a tough litigator and successful businessman. He also had a reputation as an honest man with sense of humor and a soft heart for people in need. 

Annually the scholarship is awarded to incoming undergraduate students with demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to community service.  Qualifying candidates must also have a 3.5 GPA and qualifying SAT score of 1410 (ACT of 31), be a Florida resident and must attend an in-person interview as part of the competitive selection process.

Carleton, who also qualified for a full scholarship to attend another university opted instead for PBA where a younger sibling is currently enrolled, according to a PBA Admissions spokesperson. Johnson also was competing for a full scholarship award at another undisclosed institution of higher education.

The Palm Beach County attorney and former judge along with his wife Loreen Beisswenger Farish bequeathed a multimillion-dollar donation to PBA to establish the scholarship program.  The first Farish scholars were named in fall 2012.

In addition to the two top scholarship awards, 10 other students were named Farish finalists and awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

For more information on PBA’s scholarships and grants, visit

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