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CLERK BOCK ANNOUNCES THREE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR
DESERVING COLLEGE STUDENTS

Employee donations provide $1,000 scholarships for students 

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (August 29, 2011) – Three Palm Beach County students recently received $1,000 college scholarships, thanks to the generosity of Clerk & Comptroller’s office employees.

Breya Howzell of Lake Park, Sarah Huff of Jupiter and Michael Wetula of West Palm Beach each earned their scholarships based on a 500-word essay, community service participation and their individual grade point average. Scholarships are awarded annually to the dependent children of Clerk’s office employees.

“These students have demonstrated continued commitment to their community, and it’s an honor to present them with these scholarships,” said Clerk Sharon Bock. “I’m especially proud, since they’re all members of our Clerk family.”

Howzell, a 2011 graduate of Suncoast Community High School, plans to study criminology at Florida State University in Tallahassee. She hopes to become a crime scene investigator once she earns her college degree. She is the daughter of Michelle Howzell, who works in the Clerk’s Accounting department.

Huff, a 2011 graduate of Jupiter High School, will attend the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where she will study political science with a pre-law track. She plans to pursue a career as an environmental attorney or environmental policy specialist. She is the daughter of Bonnie Huff, who works in the Clerk’s Accounting department.

Wetula, a 2011 graduate of Royal Palm Beach High School, will attend South University in West Palm Beach, where he plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy with a focus on rehabilitation services for geriatric patients. He is the grandson of Phyllis Zuckerman, who works in the Clerk’s Unified Family Court division.

Money for the three students’ scholarships came from the Clerk’s office Dress Down Friday fundraiser, which last year raised $38,620 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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