By Sharon Aron Baron
Scholarships are being awarded in memory of Jaime Guttenberg, one of the 17 victims murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas on February 14, 2018.
Fred and Jennifer Guttenberg formed “Orange Ribbons for Jaime” after Jaime’s life was senselessly taken. The nonprofit support causes important to their daughter in her short life — as well as those dedicated to pursuing common-sense gun safety reforms.
Last year the nonprofit donated more than $50,000, dispersed among 14 recipients.
This year, in honor of their 14-year-old daughter, the application for three scholarships is open through March 15, 2021. Recipients will be chosen based on the designated criteria for their scholarship category:
The Jaime Guttenberg Helping Hands Scholarship
This is for students applying to a traditional 4-year university with a focus on a career in helping others, which includes but is not limited to physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology, or special education. Applicants must have a minimum of 100 service hours of community service/volunteerism during high school and a minimum 3.5 weighted GPA.
Applicants will provide transcripts and documentation of community service, along with a 500-750 word essay that answers the following: What career do you plan to pursue? Why do you want to focus on a career in helping others, and what impact do you feel you can have in the future by choosing this career? Apply Here.
The Jaime Guttenberg Dance Scholarship
This is for students applying to a traditional 4-year university or performing arts specialty program focusing on a dance career. Students must have a minimum of three years in dance classes during high school, a minimum of 100 hours of community service/volunteerism during high school, and a minimum 3.5 weighted GPA.
Applicants will provide transcripts and documentation of community service, along with a 500-750 word essay that answers the following: Why are you choosing to focus on dance after high school, and what impact has dance had on your life? Apply Here.
The Jaime Guttenberg All-Abilities Scholarship
A diagnosis of a special need or disability is required from a physician, such as, but not limited to, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or Limb Deficiency, and a high school diploma is required. Applying to any post-high school program such as, but not limited to, university, college, technical school, trade school, and vocational training.
Applicants will provide transcripts and documentation of a medical diagnosis. With assistance as needed, they will apply and explain the following in writing: What are your plans for after high school? Apply Here.
In February, the organization is holding its #ForeverJaime initiative and partnering with local and national businesses throughout the month. Proceeds raised will support programs like the 2021 scholarships. For more information, visit orangeribbonsforjaime.org/foreverjaime.
If you have any questions about the scholarships, click here to contact the organization or contact Carol Chenkin at 561-750-1500.
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- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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