Four students earned $1,000 college scholarships, thanks to the generosity of Clerk & Comptroller’s Office employees.
James Bukowski of Loxahatchee, Kendra Morrison of Riviera Beach, Ashley Pascual of Royal Palm Beach and Jefferson Wang of Wellington were awarded scholarships based on a 500-word essay, community service and their individual grade point averages.
Scholarships are given each year to the dependent children of clerk’s office employees, with money from the Dress Down Friday program.
“This is an impressive group of students, and it’s a privilege to award these scholarships to them,” Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock said. “I look forward to hearing the great things they’re able to achieve in college and beyond.”
Bock met recently with the students and presented them with certificates commemorating their scholarships.
“I’m proud that our employees believe in supporting the community and helping these students achieve their goals,” she said. “Their continued support of the Dress Down Friday scholarships demonstrates that commitment.”
Bukowski, a 2014 graduate of Seminole Ridge High School, will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach and major in aerospace engineering. He hopes to become an U.S. Air Force test pilot. He is the son of Elena Bukowski, a court specialist in the circuit civil department.
Morrison, a 2014 graduate of Palm Beach Lakes High School, will attend Florida State University in Tallahassee and major in neuroscience. She hopes to get her doctorate degree and become a researcher. She is the daughter of Michelle Joseph, a court specialist in the county civil department.
Pascual, a 2014 graduate of Royal Palm Beach High School, will attend Florida State University in Tallahassee and major in biology. She hopes to become a biomedical researcher. She is the daughter of Lucille Pascual, a court specialist in the county criminal department.
Wang, a 2014 graduate of Suncoast High School, will attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and major in computer science. He hopes to develop education technology and software. He is the son of Siping Yang, a senior business analyst in the financial business analysis department.
The clerk’s office Dress Down Friday fundraiser last year raised $47,996 for local charities and for the student scholarships.
Employees donate $2 each week to dress casually on Fridays, and choose which groups receive the money.
For more information, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2996.
ABOVE: Clerk Sharon Bock (center) with scholarship winners Jefferson Wang, Ashley Pascual, Kendra Morrison and James Bukowski.