August 1, 2022 – Thanks to the generosity of its donors, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has awarded more than $1.27 million in scholarships to 127 aspiring college students.

The awards average $10,000 over four years and are helping this year’s cohort of scholars pursue their dreams at 47 different colleges and universities around the country, including highly-ranked institutions like Yale, Stanford, and the University of Florida. One-quarter of this year’s recipients are the first in their families to attend college, and 93 percent are Palm Beach or Martin County residents.

“We are proud to be able to invest our scholarship donors’ dollars into our local youth as we seek to foster educational opportunities and develop future leaders,” said Lisa Morgan, chair of the Community Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, which oversees the scholarship program. “Our scholarship program was created to help close opportunity gaps in higher education for the youth in our community, and our applicant pool reinforces both our area’s level of talent and the level of need.”

Since the scholarship program was created in 1985, donors have opened over 120 college scholarship funds through the Community Foundation to close the gaps; to date, over $17 million from those funds has been awarded to over 2,700 students. Donors set the eligibility criteria for their scholarships and the Community Foundation welcomes applications, conducts interviews, and matches applicants to scholarship’s requirements; the Board of Directors votes to approve the slate of recipients each spring.

“We are grateful for the long-view vision and commitment of donors who see higher education as a powerful pathway to uplift our communities,” said Danita DeHaney Nias, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Our aim is to expand our scholarship program to support even more homegrown students because the returns of a college degree ripple through entire families, communities, and our region writ-large.”

Applications for the 2023 scholarship cycle open October 1, 2022. Visit yourcommunityfoundation.org/scholarships for details.