West Palm Beach, FL (June 8, 2016) – Staying true to its name, Kids’ Dreams made college aspirations a reality for Title 1 high school students in Palm Beach County. A total of $25,000 in scholarships were awarded this year to cover the costs of college expenses for some of the best and brightest in the area. Kids’ Dreams invited this year’s scholarship winners and returning past scholars to join Kids’ Dreams volunteers at a luncheon hosted by Kids’ Dreams Co-Founder Patricia Lebow, Managing Partner of the West Palm Beach office of Broad and Cassel.
“I am so impressed by the accomplishments of each of the Kids’ Dreams scholarship recipients,” said Mrs. Lebow. “In addition to academic excellence, they are all perceived as leaders by their peers, have worked endless hours serving their community and have overcome challenges in different ways. The extra help that Kids’ Dreams offers to each of them to pursue their academic dreams is so well-deserved.”
In 2007, Palm Beach resident Patricia Lebow and her late husband Alan established Kids’ Dreams public charity in celebration of her milestone birthday. The nonprofit’s mission is to connect economically disadvantaged children in Palm Beach County to enriching cultural, athletic and scholastic opportunities. More than 3,000 local students – all from Title 1 schools — have benefitted from the financial aid program, which has awarded over $600,000 to date.
2016 Kids’ Dreams scholarship winners included:
- Begum Acikgoz, Atlantic High School – University of Florida
- Misha Brahmbhatt, Santaluces Community High School – Nova Southeastern University
- Jessica Dale, Santaluces Community High School – Florida Atlantic University
- Wendyvette Edwards, Pahokee High School – Florida State University
- Nancy Garcia, Pahokee High School – University of South Florida
- Lessy Nezifort, Lake Worth High School – Palm Beach State College
- Courtlyn Patrick, Palm Beach Lakes Community High School – Florida A&M University
- Selena Persaud, Lake Worth High School – University of Florida
- Savanha Renald, Atlantic Community High School – University of Florida
- Osagboro Samad, Inlet Grove High School – Florida A&M University
- Maia Schulte, Atlantic Community High School – University of Florida
Kids’ Dreams also continues to provide financial scholastic support to previous recipients, including Joelishia Banfield, Florida Atlantic University; Oralia Monroy, Florida State University; Lisa Norzea, University of Florida; Lindjee Noziere, Florida Atlantic University; and Cebrina St. Pierre, Palm Beach State College.
To be considered for a Kids’ Dreams Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled as a senior in a Title 1 high school and be accepted by a college or university located in Florida that has no religious affiliation. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the college or university on behalf of the student. Students must submit an application, essay and at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or principal.