Did you have a class ranking in high school or ace the SATs? These student scholars did.
George Snow Scholarship Fund awarded $1.4 million in scholarships Friday. But as always, the spotlight was on the accomplished kids.
Students came up to accept their awards and accolades at George Snow Scholarship Fund’s Annual Awards Reception Friday.
Boca Raton High grad Kyle Felter’s going to Harvard. “I’ve wanted to go there since I was 8,” the prospective history major and government minor said at the buffet dinner for families and Snow supporters before the ceremony.
Like other scholarship winners, he received several scholarships. Among his were Sons of Italy Sgt. F.M. Bonanno Lodge Don Angie Seta Memorial and Kiwanis Club of Boca Raton’s Dr. Dick Reed Scholarship.
West Boca High grad Jake LeClaire received three. He’s a pre-med student headed to the University of Florida.
Daniel Weppner takes care of his autistic brother. So the American Association of Caregiving Youth/Polen Capital Management gave him one of three, including Boca’s Central Rotary Club and Boca Raton Exchange Club Foundation.
Dayan Diaz received a scholarship in honor of Elias Janetis. The Squeeze.com founder, a major Snow supporter, received The Robert S. Howell Spirit of Service Award this year.
Snow administers its own scholarships, but most are by families, nonprofits and foundations who paid for them.
Many are memorials like the fund’s, when it started 37 years ago, said president Tim Snow, who emcees these proceedings.
That’s when his father George Snow went missing in a helicopter crash, he said.
Since then the fund has awarded more than $12 million in scholarships and helped 2,002 students receive a college education. It has grown so much, a Jumbotron listing names of supporters was not even legible.
That’s a good thing, Snow said.
“We’re blessed to be in a community that values education and steps up,” he said.
The gold sponsors were Steve Bagdan Charitable Foundation and Amy and Mike Kazma.
Next up is Snow’s major fundraiser, Boca’s Ballroom Battle Sept. 20 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Here’s the link for tickets or donation to any of eight community leaders dancing this year https://www.ballroombattle.com/
By Marci Shatzman