The Clewiston News

South Florida Fair awards scholarships


Special to The Clewiston News/Courtesy photo
Scholarship winners are, in the front row, from left: Samantha Williams, Chandler Pearce, Sydney Lehenbauer, Taylor Jordan, Lorenza Rodriguez, Kadie Helvey, Caroline Stein, Margarita Sinko, Kelsey Goodspeed, Kacia Anderso and Siried Vizuete. Back row: Morgan Daniels, Shelby Kirton, Gisell Rodriguez, America Amezquita, Anna Evans, Ava Erucker, Sage Albert and Ryan Schnars.

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Fair has awarded $41,000 in scholarships to 20 area high school students this year. Selected from more than 120 applicants, the winners received scholarships ranging from $500 to $6,000 that can be used at any accredited institution of higher learning.

Established in 1982, the South Florida Fair has awarded more than $604,000 worth of scholarships. The winners were announced in the categories of general, arts and entertainment, agriculture and band at an awards ceremony in Yesteryear Village during the fair. Families, the scholarship committee, South Florida Fair dignitaries and elected officials from many of the winners’ hometowns attended.

Each scholarship applicant met individually with the committee for a personal interview as part of the process. Students from high schools in Palm Beach, Broward, Hendry, Martin and Okeechobee counties were eligible to apply. The fair’s scholarship committee selected the winners based on the students’ grades, need and a short essay written on the topic, “As a graduating senior, what advice would you give yourself as an incoming freshman?”

This year’s winners include Muriette Michel and Gisell Rodriguez from Glades Central High School and Morgan Daniels from Clewiston High School.