On Friday, June 10, Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock presented three students with a $1,500 college scholarship, thanks to the generosity of Clerk & Comptroller’s Office employees.
John Kocenko of Boca Raton, Autumn Ramsey of Loxahatchee and Corey Freitas of West Palm Beach were awarded scholarships based on a 500-word essay, community service and their individual grade point averages.
Kocenko, a 2016 graduate of West Boca High School, will attend the University of Florida in Gainesville and major in biological sciences. He hopes to eventually become a doctor and to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.
Ramsey, a 2016 graduate of Suncoast High School, will attend the University of Florida in Gainesville and major in biology. She hopes to attend medical school and become an ER doctor.
Freitas, a 2016 graduate of Atlantis Academy, plans to attend Lincoln College and major in international desserts and pastries. He plans to become a world-famous chef.
“These students will graduate and become our future leaders. We must continue to invest in their paths to success,” Bock said. “On behalf of all our clerks, it is my privilege to award these scholarships to this impressive group.”
Money for the scholarships came from the Dress Down Friday fundraiser, which last year raised $47,091 for local charities and for the student scholarships.
Employees donate $2 each week to dress casually on Fridays, and choose which organizations receive the money at the end of the year. For more information about Bock’s office, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2996.
ABOVE: The 2016 winners of three $1,500 Clerks for a Cause Scholarships are (left to right) John Kocenko of Boca Raton, Corey Freitas of West Palm Beach and Autumn Ramsey of Loxahatchee.