By Jill Fox
After a generous $20,000 donation from Spirit Airlines, Parkland Cares is now offering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students scholarships.
Two $5,000 awards, each for two years, will be given to graduating students planning to major in the mental health field.
Parkland Cares Executive Director Stacey Udine said Spirit Airlines reached out, and the organization was happy to assist them.
“Our goal over the past three years has been to make it easier for the survivors, their families, and the community to easily find the resources needed to piece their lives back together again,” said Udine.
The Broward County Commission approved $2.25 million in a state and local incentives package for Spirit for capital investment and job creation in 2019. The airline will invest $250 million in a new Dania Beach corporate headquarters, moving 1,000 employees from Miramar.
Spirit discovered Parkland Cares and wanted to support the Parkland community.
Laurie Villa, President of The Spirit Airlines Charitable Foundation, said, “These scholarships will provide students the opportunity to pursue an education in mental health counseling, which will ultimately lead them to have careers that positively impact our society.”
The Broward Education Foundation came onboard to ensure the scholarship criteria, including an essay and completing 100 service hours, were met and followed.
“It is a distinct honor and privilege to work with Parkland Cares in helping students achieve their higher education dreams,” said Shea Ciriago, CEO of Broward Education Foundation.
Students can apply for the scholarship here by April 1.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked on the public relations side as well as the television side of marketing for NBC Universal. A true Floridian, Fox grew up in Ormond Beach and now resides in Parkland with her husband, Brian and their two children, Madden, 11 and Randi, 7.
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