CONGRATULATIONS to the two recipients of our “Herb and Penny Wender Scholarships for 2017!
Each year the Foundation awards two $2,500 scholarships to qualified individuals in their pursuit of continuing education.
The selection of the scholarship recipients is made by a Foundation appointed scholarship review committee taking into consideration the applicant’s record of scholastic achievement, record of prior community service and recommendations from instructors, coaches, supervisors or other adults they have worked with. The applicants are also required to submit a one page essay on a topic indicated in the Foundation. This year’s topic was “Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school.”
The Foundation Scholarship program is funded by a generous donation from Radian Group, Inc. (NYSE: RDN), a provider of private mortgage insurance, risk management products and real estate services to financial institutions in recognition of their chairman, Mr. Herb Wender. Their chairman has devoted more than 40 years of service to the company. Mr. & Mrs. Wender are residents of Palm Beach Gardens and he recommended the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation as his charity of choice for the company’s donation.
After careful consideration and review of all the applications submitted, two local students were selected to receive the grant money.
- Sabrina A. Snider, was a 2016 graduate of The King’s Academy in West Palm Beach and is currently attending Palm Beach State College. With her PBSC GPA of 3.75 Sabrina will be starting in the Fall at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Sabrina is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and hopes to earn her Bachelor’s degree at FSU in Business/Insurance Risk Management. In her essay, Sabrina pointed out that “A leader is not someone who controls others or gives orders, but rather is someone who lifts others up with them rather than looking down at them.”
- Nathaniel J. LeBlanc, is a graduate of the Community Christian Academy in Stuart and will be attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He hopes to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Physics & Engineering. Nate graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society for three years, and served as Vice President of his Student Government Association. In Nate’s essay he says that as a leader he “tries to treat others how he wants to be treated and to be a positive role model and leader, showing a willingness to help others who are struggling.”
In the past five years, the Police Foundation scholarship program has awarded eleven hardworking and dedicated students scholarships that totaled $15,000. It accepts applications from graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students who are residents of the City of Palm Beach Gardens or are dependents of Palm Beach Gardens Police Department employees.