The Women’s Red Apple Foundation Presents 25 Scholarships Totaling $79K

The Women’s Red Apple Foundation of Palm Beach County, formerly known as the Women’s Chamber Foundation, recently awarded 25 scholarships to local women, totaling a record of $79,000. In addition, one of the recipients received a laptop donated by Toshiba Business Solutions.

“We are so thankful for our donors and supporters who enabled us, through their donations, to meet this milestone,” said Margaret Montalvo, president of the foundation. “What makes our organization unique is that our model is such that we seek to offer scholarships not only for graduating high school seniors, but also to women returning to school and seeking higher education later in life. We also support our past recipients at a time in their education when financial support is limited. We understand the value of supporting the education of women of all ages.”

Over the past 20 years, 70 percent of scholarship recipients were between 18 and 22 years of age, and 30 percent were 23 and older.

The 21st annual Women’s Red Apple Scholarship Luncheon took place on June 6 at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach. The scholarship awards were presented to the 25 recipients in front of a sold-out crowd.

Event sponsors included presenting sponsor the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Keiser University, Risk Strategies/Gehring Group, Guardians Credit Union and 2GHO Inc. Scholarships were donated by Susan Bender, the Bob Bloom Scholarship Fund, Cigna Healthcare, the Rebecca Doane “Hope for the Future” Scholarship, Florida Blue, Florida Power & Light, the Florida Sugar Cane League, the Gehring Group, Hilda Gonzalez, Bambi McKibbon-Turner, McMow Art Glass, the Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, New York Life, the Palm Beach Flagler Rotary Foundation, Seacoast Bank, Toshiba Business Solutions, Lorri Watson, the family of Barbara Benson Wymer and 2GHO Inc.

The foundation raises funds throughout the year from various events and through individual and corporate donations, endowments and family foundations, many of whom have supported recipients over multiple years.

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