Palm Beach Rotary Foundation
A Heritage of Giving
The cost of higher education continues to climb, outpacing the ability of most American families to keep up. Since 1998 the Palm Beach Rotary Club Foundation has awarded more than $360,000 in scholarships, on average about $30,000 a year, to Florida students with outstanding academic records from families where there is a need for financial assistance. We are proud of this heritage of giving and we intend to build on it in the future.In June 2010, theFoundationawarded 15 Palm Beach County students $27,500 in a ceremony at the Breakers, Palm Beach. The award recipients were Dara Borden of Lantana, Travis Brant of Wellington, Terrance Collins of West Palm Beach, Dale Fedele of Hawthorne, Brian Lehrer of West Palm Beach, Dominique Marseille of Riviera Beach, Adam Richards of Palm Beach Gardens,Hannah Russell of Haverhill, Jasmine Thomas of Palm Beach Gardens, Kayla Topsey of WestPalm Beach, Clarence Walker of West Palm Beach, Katrina Wall of Loxahatchee, Christopher Williams of Lake Park, Michael Wunderlich and Shannon Wunderlich of West Palm Beach.To accomlish its philantropic goals the Palm Beach Rotary Foundation has partnered with other foundations which have contributed to make possible the following named scholarships:
Alan B. Keiser Memorial Scholarship
The Alan B. Keiser Memorial Scholarship Program was established in 1991 to honor Mr. Keiser who had served as President of the Rotary Club of Palm Beach. This was our first endowment. Mr. Keiser's daughter, Ellen K. Goldberg, wrote an acknowledgement for the program, "My father would have been so pleased that he has made an impact on a young person's life and is able to create dreams and hopes for another individual. I feel very fortunate that my father left a legacy that will help build minds and visions for the young people of tomorrow”.
Everett H. Aspinwall Scholarship
This scholarship award is in memory of Everett H. Aspinwall who served as President of the Palm Beach Rotary Club in 1988-1989. Mr. Aspinwall, former co-owner of WPBR Radio from 1972-1988, spent his professional career in broadcasting, including positions as a TV network executive producer, correspondent and writer for CBS and ABC. Valerie Aspinwall, Everett's wife, has been an active participant in our program and provided funding for two scholarships awarded to individuals interested in journalism and communications.
J.M Rubin Foundation Scholarship
The Rotary Club of Palm Beach was awarded an endowment from the J.M Rubin Foundation to provide scholarships to area students expressing an interest in business. Mr. Rubin's work ethics and pioneer spirit contributed to the early growth of the area.
His interest in education led to the creation of the Rubin Foundation whose purpose is to fund a large number of scholarships for Palm Beach County students. The Rotary Club of Palm Beach is grateful to the Rubin Foundation for funding two scholarships each year.
Alexander and Jane Beal Foundation Scholarship
Alex Beal was a member of the Rotary Club of Palm Beach. Alex, a native of Boston, graduated from Lehigh University and received his Masters degree at Harvard University. He joined with his father at the Beal Company of Boston, a real estate development company. Alex and Jane retired to Palm Beach where they became active within their adopted community. Alex and Jane believed that education is the key to a better world and therefore they have endowed this Rotary Scholarship.
The International Society Scholarship
Through its President, Herme de Wyman Miro, and its Board of Directors, the International Society has annually provided funds to the Rotary Club so that we may grant a scholarship. For twenty-five years, the society has awarded grants to charities and the arts.
Bronstien Family Trade School Scholarship
This scholarship is granted in memory of our departed member, Edward Bronstien, Sr. who retired to Palm Beach from St. Paul, Minnesota, where he was a Rotarian. While in Palm Beach, his son, Ed Jr., bought Spencer Boat yard and later Rybovich Boat Works to form Rybovich Spencer, a prestigious yacht service and construction company. Ed Jr. is a Member Emeritus of the Rotary Club of Palm Beach. Jim Bronstien, Ed Junior's son, was also a member and Past President of the Club. They owned the Rybovich boat company at the time and wanted to encourage young men and women to learn a trade and skill, recognizing that liberal arts educationis not for everyone. This scholarship is used to enhance employment opportunities for underprivileged young men and women and is designated to be awarded for education at a "trade school."
John W. Henderson Scholarship
At the time of John Henderson's passing, the Palm Beach Rotary Club received a substantial sum to be used as an endowment for scholarships. Originally the club scholarships were dependent on funds raised each year. John Henderson, a financial planner, had the foresight to see need for an endowment program that would provide a stable income for the scholarship program. We are grateful for his advice.
Tenet Healthcare Foundation Scholarship
Good Samaritan Medical Center
The Tenet Healthcare Foundation awarded a grant to the Palm Beach Rotary Foundation Scholarship program at the recommendation of Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Scholarship funds are available under Tenet's commitment to provide service in communities in which Tenet hospitals are located. We appreciate the confidence placed in us by Tenet and will strive to continue their support of students in Palm Beach County.
John C. (Jack) Cassidy Memorial Scholarship
The family of John C. (Jack) Cassidy and members of the Rotary Club of Palm Beach created this scholarship in Jack's memory. Jack, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, past president of the Rotary Club of Palm Beach and founder and CEO of the air conditioning company that bears his name, was a leader in numerous city and county organizations. Jack exemplified the standards of conduct and service to others advocated by all Rotarians.
Quantum Foundation – Donna Mulholland Scholarship
This scholarship was created by the generosity of Rotarian Donna Mulholland and a matching grant from the Quantum Foundation. Donna is a director of the foundation, which is a perpetual grant making organization, whose mission is to advance the health, education and community betterment for the residents of Palm Beach County. The Palm Beach Rotary Club is grateful to the Quantum Foundation and Donna for making this scholarship possible.
If you would like to contribute to the Rotary Club of Palm Beach Scholarship Fund, please make checks payable to Palm Beach Rotary Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Palm Beach, Florida 33480. Thank you!
Palm Beach Rotary Foundation, Inc.