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Employee donations provide four $1,000 scholarships for students   

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Clerk Sharon Bock with the 2014 winners of four $1,000 college scholarships. Left to right: Jefferson Wang, Ashley Pascual, Kendra Morrison and James Bukowski

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (August 15, 2014) - 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 Clerk’s annual Dress Down Friday program for local nonprofit groups.

“This is an impressive group of students, and it’s a privilege to award these scholarships to them. I look forward to hearing the great things they’re able to achieve in college and beyond,” said Clerk Sharon Bock, who met with the students on Tuesday 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. Their continued support of the Dress Down Friday scholarships demonstrates that commitment.”

Bukowski, a 2014 graduate of Seminole Ridge Community High School in Loxahatchee, plans to 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 in West Palm Beach, plans to 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 in Royal Palm Beach, plans to 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 Community High School in Riviera Beach, plans to attend 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.

Money for the four students’ scholarships came from the Clerk’s office Dress Down Friday fundraiser, which 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 at the end of the year.

For more information about the Clerk’s office, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call
(561) 355-2996.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.


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