Seventeen Coral Springs high school seniors were recently presented with city Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships during a reception at the La Quinta Inn Suites.
Mayor Walter “Skip” Campbell and city commissioners were on hand to salute the students’ accomplishments.
“These scholarships are important because many of these students may not have someone to guide and mentor them,” said Joyce Campos, the city’s community relations manager and staff liaison for the MLK scholarship committee. “We want them to know we’re not just giving them a check; we’re investing in their future. This check means we are here for you, to mentor and guide you.”
Campos said some students are the first in their families to attend college.
“They say, ‘I want to be a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer,’ and the scholarship says, ‘We know you can do it,'” she said. “It’s that small leap of faith that makes such a difference, that knowing that someone believed in them.”
Abundant Life Christian Academy Principal Stacy Angier spoke during the ceremony, telling the recipients that the wider community stands with them.
“I adhere to the principals that Dr. King taught; I believe in his mission,” said Angier, who donates to the scholarship program. “I believe we’re here to give a hand up, not a hand out, and to help kids be what God created them to be. I have a passion for this program, and they do an excellent job of remembering what Dr. King stood for.”
The recipients are: Coral Springs High School seniors Rachel DeCecco, Jamila Grant, Jezire Maldonado, Lucia Huertas and Janica Parkinson; J.P. Taravella High School seniors Melissa Bazurto, Marcus McGruder, Shiselle Povedano and Jamie Ramos; Stoneman Douglas High School senior Chelsey McInnis; Coral Glades High School seniors Alexander Cohen, Ashley Etienne, Brooke Bivens, Jordene West and Arianna Hernandez; and Coral Springs Charter School seniors Flaviane Chaves and Danielle Almanzar.
The scholarships have been awarded to students for their freshman year in college for 18 years. The scholarship committee receives $5,000 from Coral Springs Community Chest, and the committee fundraises to match that contribution, supplementing the fund with donations from individuals and businesses in the community.
Students are selected based on financial need and quality of community involvement. The scholarships range from $500 to $1,000.
For further information or to donate, call Joyce Campos at 954-344-1005 or visit CoralSprings.org/mlk.
Deborah Work can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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