Scholarship Foundation Presents "Winning Every Day" - An Evening with Lou Holtz on Friday, March 11, 2016 at St. Edward's School
Not without reason, he's been called "the greatest motivator of our time," "the best sports speakever," "the best football coach in 50 years" and "a modern-day Will Rogers." With humor and humility,
and a message of embracing challenges with discipline and hard work, Lou Holtz never fails to inspire
young and old to greater achievement in their academic, professional or personal lives. Click for information and to purchase tickets.
This year's recipients were beneficiaries of nine new awards created by supporters passionate about education.
The James "Stewart" Carlton Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Stewart Carlton, a longtime, dedicated educator and school administrator who died last year. Starting out as a physical education teacher and varsity sports coach, Mr. Carlton served as a middle school and junior high school principal. With his calm manner and generous spirit, he inspired both teachers and administrators. This award is funded by Stewart's wife, Joyce, their children and memorial contributions from the community.
The Lois H. Cruze Memorial Scholarship was established this year as a perpetual award with a bequest from her estate. Lois was a longtime Vero Beach resident who had a passion for flowers, birds and dogs, as well as education. She owned and operated a nursery which was part of her home on 43rd Avenue overlooking the canal and Holman Stadium to the east overlooking the canal.
The Gullquist Mullin Family Foundation Golf-Sponsor Scholarship Award is funded with proceeds from the SFIRC's 2014 golf tournament.The Gullquist Mullin Family Foundation has been the main sponsor for Scholarship Foundation's Dan K. Richardson and William L. Marine Annual Golf Tournament for the past 4 years.
The Will and Doris Jorgensen Memorial Scholarship and the Will and Doris Jorgensen Memorial Scholarship for Students of the Arts result from a bequest from Mrs. Jorgensen, a longtime resident of Sebastian who died in 2014. Originally from Connecticut, the Jorgensens retired to Sebastian many years ago. Over a cup of tea or gentle conversation, Mrs. Jorgensen enjoyed discussing the arts and was especially fond of SRHS's Prism Concert. Preserving the arts and investing in students wishing to pursue an education in the arts became her passion.
The Honeywell Cobb Family Scholarship was established this year as a perpetual award by Carol Fennell and her brother Dan Honeywell to honor their family's commitment to education. Their father. O.D. "ظ┬آBud"ظ┬آ Honeywell, believed education was the single best way for a child to succeed, regardless of means or background. After their father's death in 1994, their aunt, Bud's sister Gladys Honeywell planted the seed that led to the creation of this scholarship 20 years later. She felt it was important to set up a scholarship to benefit residents of the local community that was so important to her brother. She also wished, with such an award, to honor the memory of her son Otis Cobb Jr., a University of Florida law school graduate who died in 1969 at age 39.
The Danforth Kidd and Marjorie Hopwood Richardson Memorial Scholarship was awarded in memory of an outstanding philanthropic couple, our founder and his wife Marge. Mr. Richardson, who died in 2014 at the age of 95, was a longtime Indian River County resident, leader and philanthropist who played active roles in the founding of many Vero Beach institutions. With members of the Vero Beach Rotary Club, he founded Dollars for Scholars in 1964. Always at his side was his wife Marge, who died in 2008 at age 87. An unassuming and private person, Marge was a great source of comfort, warmth, and unconditional love to those close to her. She was a kind and empathetic listener, who provided the moral compass for her family. This award is funded by memorial contributions from members of the community and the Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors.
The Karen VanDeVoorde Memorial Scholarship was awarded this year in memory of longtime Scholarship Foundation Board Member Karen VanDeVoorde, who died in 2014. It honors Karen's career-long contributions to educating local students and the wise counsel she offered to Scholarship Foundation and our scholarship applicants and their families. This award was given this year in addition to the VanDeVoorde Family Scholarship, which was endowed by the family and awarded for the first time last year. Starting as a social studies teacher at Gifford Middle School, Karen held various roles in the IRC school system, including dean of VBHS, assistant principal at SRMS, and Executive Director of Secondary Instruction for the District. She was an active volunteer, including serving on the Parish Council of St. Sebastian Catholic Church. She joined the Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors in 1988 and served tirelessly in many official and unofficial capacities. Most importantly, she was a valued contributor to the work of the Scholarship Committee, where her advice and guidance were unfailingly sought and followed.
The Jake Owen Foundation Scholarship was funded by the Foundation with proceeds from country music superstar Jake Owen's 2014 Vero Beach Benefit Concert. Jake, a 2000 graduate of VBHS, is passionate about giving back and helping local organizations that support young people and children.
Left: VanDeVoorde Scholarship recipient Anna Ahrens and Benjamin Coleman with Rene VanDeVoorde.
Right: Jake Owen's parents Steve and Mitzi Owen present Jake Owen Foundation scholarship to Miguel Raya
Scholarship Foundation Mourns Passing of Dan K. Richardson (1919-2014)
The Board of Scholarship Foundation mourns the passing of our founder, Dan K. Richardson, who died on Dec. 17, 2014 at age 95.
Mr. Richardson was a longtime Indian River County resident, leader and philanthropist whose reach and contributions were transformational.