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Employee donations provide four $1,000 scholarships for students   

2013 Scholarship Winners

Clerk Sharon Bock with the 2013 winners of four $1,000 college scholarships. Left to Right: Behzod “Beck” Hakberdiev, Kaitlin Sais, Clerk Bock and Sierra Montuori.
Not pictured: Amanda Waterman.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (July 17, 2013) - Four students earned $1,000 college scholarships, thanks to the generosity of Clerk & Comptroller’s office employees.

Behzod Hakberdiev of Wellington, Sierra Montuori of Loxahatchee, Kaitlin Sais of Wellington and Amanda Waterman of Gainesville 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.

“We all know how expensive college can be, so I’m happy that these scholarships will help alleviate the financial burden on these students,” said Clerk Sharon Bock, who awarded the scholarships earlier this month. “I’m proud that our employee donations help these students reach their educational goals.”

Hakberdiev, a 2013 graduate of Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, plans to attend Florida Atlantic University and major in business. He hopes to become an entrepreneur and promote tourism and polo in Palm Beach County. He is the son of Gulshoda Mirova-Mamatkhan, a clerk in the Recording department.

Montuori, a 2013 graduate of A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, plans to attend Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and major in political science. She hopes to become an attorney. She is the daughter of Susan Montuori, a clerk in the Circuit Civil division.

Sais, a 2013 graduate of Wellington High School, plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University and major in biology. She plans to be a doctor. She is the daughter of Gene Sais, who works in the Information Technology department.

Waterman, a 2011 graduate of Jupiter Christian School, will be a junior at the University of Florida. She is majoring in accounting, and plans to be an accountant. She is the daughter of Maritza Waterman, an accountant in Financial Reporting.

Money for the four students’ scholarships came from the Clerk’s office Dress Down Friday fundraiser, which last year raised $40,040 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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