November 2018

From the beginning of his college search, freshman Jonathan Carleton, a communication major from Montverde, Florida, wanted to attend a small, private Christian school with an honors program.


His deepest desire was to be in a Christ-centered environment and to avoid college debt entirely. Palm Beach Atlantic University fully met his desires.

“I remember sitting with my dad outside the Einstein Bros. Bagels on PBA’s campus during a visit and talking about the different college options. My dad prayed that if God wanted me to come here, he would provide,” said Carleton. And a few months later, he saw God answer his dad’s prayer.  

The prestigious four-year Joseph Farish, Jr.Scholarship has been blessing all-star students like Carleton since 2013. Combined with all awarded institutional and state aid, results in a full-tuition scholarship for two undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to community service. Students are selected through an application and interview process and must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and SAT scores of 1410 or ACT scores of 31.

In addition to their full-tuition grant, these Farish scholars are awarded a one-year mentorship with the Loreen Beisswenger Farish Chair of Political Thought, Dr. Robert Lloyd, dean of School of Arts & Sciences. This mentorship with Lloyd fosters a professional relationship and engages in a career-related dialogue.

So far, Carleton has met with Lloyd twice and has enjoyed their insightful conversations. He looks forward to continuing to meet with him and the other Farish Scholarship recipient, Lauren Johnson, an English major from Orlando, Florida.

“This scholarship has enabled me to come to this school,” added Johnson. “I love PBA’s commitment to glorify Christ. And, it does not just give you skills for a job, but seeks to make you a better person.”

In the short time that she’s been here, she admits her passion for reading and writing has grown significantly, and so have her skills. “Another career I am considering is Bible translation. It would be an incredible blessing for me to be able to go into the field with no student loans to pay off. I am also considering grad school, and again, this scholarship will enable me to pursue my dreams with a freedom I would not otherwise have.”

The late Palm Beach County Judge, Joseph Farish, Jr., had a reputation for being a tough litigation and successful businessman. He was also known for his wonderful sense of humor and generous heart. He and his wife Loreen bequeathed a multi-million-dollar donation to establish a four-year full tuition scholarship to help students fulfill their college dreams.

Both Carleton and Johnson are humbled by the investment PBA and the Farish family have made in their education. This gift is not only assisting their financial needs in the present, but it is also allowing them to continue to pursue their educational dreams and ensuring their success in the future.

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