The Pedersens believed in education.

Edwin and Patricia turned their passion for education into a legacy that will support Jupiter High School students’ pursuit of higher education forever.

The Edwin P. and Patricia A. Pedersen Scholarship Fund was established with the Community Foundation through a bequest in 2018.

Edwin and Patricia came from hard working Michigan farming communities and met while attending high school in the 1940s. Edwin served on Presidential Guard Duty while serving in the Army, protecting President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington D.C. and New York Hyde Park estate.

An opportunity in the residential and commercial building industry led Edwin and Pat to settle in Jupiter, where they have left a permanent legacy within the community.

Edwin was a charter member of the Jupiter Light Masonic Lodge and served on the Jupiter Town Council from 1964 to 1988. Community members recall many years of working alongside Edwin and his strong moral character and commitment to law.

In retirement, Edwin spent several years volunteering with kindergarten students at Jupiter Elementary School. He enjoyed working with the children. Both Pat and Edwin greatly valued education and wanted their contributions to their community to continue through their trust.