There was a common theme amongst this year’s college scholarship recipients. It was “Gratitude.” On Sunday, April 19, 2015, thirteen (13) high school seniors attended a lovely brunch at the Trump International Resort to accept various scholarships which they had been selected for. Ten of the recipients were from Sunny Isles Beach and three were from the Town of Golden Beach, sponsored by their city. Each of the recipients spoke to the audience about their personal history and connection to their city or town. They spoke of theircollege choice, their desired studies and how important the scholarship program is to them to help offset costs.
Each of the recipients was very grateful for the assistance, and to the sponsors. They were deserving based on how much they had given back to either city volunteer programs or other volunteer efforts.
THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENTS WERE:
CITY OF SUNNY ISLES BEACH SPONSORED SCHOLARSHIPS:
COMMUNITY SCHOOL FUND (TRUST) SCHOLARSHIPS:
Claudia Villavicencio –
Sponsored by the Snyder Family
Belen Mella –
Sponsored by the Trust
KIWANIS CLUB OF SUNNY ISLES BEACH/NORTH MIAMI BEACH SPONSOR:
TOWN OF GOLDEN BEACH SPONSOR:
JULES AND STEPHANIE TRUMP FAMILY SPONSORS:
In addition to the award presentation, the audience heard remarks from Mayor Bud Scholl, Dr. Martin Karp, (Miami Dade School Board) Councilmember Judy Lusskin of Golden Beach and Mr. Bob Welsh, President of the School Trust for the Norman Edelcup Community School.
Student recipients, past and present were involved in the opening ceremonies along with the formal opening by the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department Honor Guard. Walter Salas presented the Invocation, Carla Nicolella the Pledge of Allegiance and former recipient Jasmine Michaels gave a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.
The event was emceed by Police Chief Fred Maas with the assistance of Susan Simpson, who puts the gala event together with her incredible staff.
**NOTE to Current Juniors in High School: Now is the time to begin your preparations for next year’s college scholarship for seniors program.