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Post-Secondary Education Scholarships

FOR DEPENDENT Children OF CLERK & COMPTROLLER EMPLOYEES

2016 Scholarship Program

The deadline to apply for this year's scholarship has passed. Check back next year for the 2017 scholarship application.
2016 Dress Down Scholarship Winners

The 2016 winners of three $1,500 Clerks for a Cause Scholarships.

From left to right: Julie Freitas, Corey Freitas, Shannon Ramsey-Chessman, Autumn Ramsey, Andrea Rocha
and John Kocenko.

Congratulations to:

Corey Freitas
Son of Julie Freitas
(Finance Services)

Autumn Ramsey
Daughter of Shannon
Ramsey-Chessman
(Finance)

John Kocenko
Son of Andrea Rocha
(Circuit Criminal)

They were recently selected to receive $1,500 college scholarships through the Clerk's Dress Down Friday program.

Overview

The Clerk & Comptroller’s Post-Secondary Education Scholarships are awarded annually to three dependent children of Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County employees. The scholarship money comes from the Clerk’s Dress Down Friday program, which allows employees to donate to local charities in addition to the scholarship program. The Charitable Giving Committee selects the scholarship winners based on a 500-word essay, community service participation and grade point average. Each selected recipient receives a one-time payment of $1,500 and all applicants are notified by June 1.

Criteria
  1. Applicant must be an employee’s natural child, step-child, adopted child, grandchild, child of the employee’s domestic partner, or child an employee has legal custody of, based on the requirements of dependency of children as established by the administration of benefits by the Human Resources department (read more). Applicant must be claimed as a dependent on the employee's income taxes to be eligible for this scholarship.
  2. Applicant must have a cumulative GPA (grade point average not HPA) of at least 3.0.
  3. Applicant must be a high school senior or college student who is enrolled in a minimum of 3 classes or 9 credit hours per semester at an accredited college, university or technical school. The applicant may already have college credits from previous studies while attending high school.
  4. Scholarship awards are for use as tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance, or fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses immediately following disbursement of the award (see Tax Considerations).
  5. Scholarship recipients must provide the Human Resources department with proof of enrollment following the school’s drop/add deadline in order to receive the scholarship check.
  6. Past scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply.
  7.  Dependents of ALL Clerk employees are eligible to apply.
  8. All judging decisions of the Charitable Giving Committee and Executive Team are final.
Instructions
  1. Download and complete the application, then submit it with the required materials listed below to:

            Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County
            Attn: Human Resources - Events
            301 N. Olive Ave, 9th Floor
            West Palm Beach, FL 33401
            Events@mypalmbeachclerk.com

  2. Required Materials

    1. 500-word essay on “Explain the importance of your major in today’s society”. Word limit is strictly enforced. Applications exceeding the limit will not be considered. Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and in Arial font 10 pt. type.
    2. One copy of applicant’s unofficial high school, college, university or technical school transcripts.
    3. One proof of college or university course enrollment/registration
      (minimum of 3 classes or 9 credit hours required).
    4. Two letters of recommendation from teachers or outside professional sources.
    5. Letter verifying Community Service hours (from each organization where community service occurred).

The Clerk’s office will not consider incomplete applications for the award.

Tax Considerations

If you received a scholarship, all or part of it may be taxable, even if you did not receive a Form W-2. Generally, the entire amount is taxable if you are not a candidate for a degree. If you are a candidate for a degree, you generally can exclude from income that part of the grant used for:

  • Tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance, or
  • Fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for your courses.

You cannot exclude from income any part of the grant used for other purposes, such as room and board.

A scholarship generally is an amount paid for the benefit of a student at an educational institution to aid in the pursuit of studies. For example, if an award recipient receives $1,000 and pays tuition, fees, books and supplies in the amount of $700, and pays room and board with the remaining $300, then $300 is taxable income.

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