Scholastic Achievement Foundation awards scholarship to Lynn freshman
The Scholastic Achievement Foundation of Palm Beach County hosted its 39th Annual Palm Beach County Scholastic Achievement Dinner April 18 at The Breakers Hotel. The award ceremony began with the largest scholarship: a four-year, full-ride scholarship to Lynn University given to Royal Palm Beach Community High School student Joshua Alexander Andrade.
“The dinner is our way of recognizing the county’s most sought-after students for their social, athletic and academic accomplishments,” says Evelyn Nelson, six-year foundation board member and Lynn University’s executive director of student financial services. “It’s a chance to celebrate their successes as high school students, to thank them for their contributions to our community and to help them begin to understand the opportunities they’ll have at college.”
Andrade has more than 200 community service hours, made multiple Principal Honor Rolls for straight-A students, and successfully completed several Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses.
“When I found out I won the scholarship I was so excited that I had to sit down,” says Andrade of his award. “My parents were so happy, and I was happy for them, too. I have never had any hardships in my life, and this scholarship means I can help them be less stressed as they plan for my younger brother’s college, too.”
Andrade, who has been interested in law and philosophy since a young age, said he’s excited to apply his knowledge toward Lynn’s 3+3 law degree program. The accelerated program, in partnership with St. Thomas University School of Law, allows students to pursue three years of study at Lynn and begin working towards their Juris Doctor in their fourth year.
“I enjoy studying psychology and evaluating ideals for how society should be formed,” says Andrade. “My parents were lawyers in Venezuela, and I’ve grown up knowing how to create detailed and cohesive arguments. I’d really like to be a prosecutor at a firm or within a business.”
Andrade already has been practicing argument formulation. He helped pave the way for the Royal Palm Beach Community High School’s first Social Studies and History Club he hopes will be formally established next year.
“If I could leave behind advice for other seniors, it would be to do even more. I’d tell them to get involved and take as many high-level courses as they can before the chance is over.”
This year the foundation awarded nearly $180,000 in scholarships, including two full-ride, four-year scholarships and 11 valued at $1,000 each. Other scholarships awarded that evening included Florida Atlantic University’s full-ride and $1,000 from the Rotary Club of Delray Beach, United Healthcare and other generous donors. Icebreaker exercises led by the evening’s emcee and WPBF News Anchor Tiffany Kenney revealed one student who earned a full ride to more than 36 universities nationwide and the discovery that 15 students in attendance had committed to attending Harvard.
“The evening is very special,” says Nelson. “We take time to celebrate the students, but also to show them what opportunities exist right here in Palm Beach County. We love having the opportunity to share their stories with our community and would be delighted to offer even more scholarships in the future.”
The foundation’s scholarships are available only to students selected by their schools’ administrators. To be a part of future foundation dinner events, contact Kim Daniel, executive director.
About the Scholastic Achievement Foundation of Palm Beach County
The Scholastic Achievement Foundation of Palm Beach County is committed to recognizing, encouraging, and rewarding students who have demonstrated excellence in public, private and parochial education since 1977. It was founded by Clifford E. Ripley, then Palm Beach County Schools’ assistant superintendent, who called together several key administrators from public, private and parochial schools, and proposed the idea of a dinner to recognize outstanding scholastic achievement of high school seniors throughout the county. To date, the achievements of more than 4,000 students have been recognized at the dinners with nearly 325 of those students receiving scholarships.