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Coral Springs Chamber Of Commerce Education Foundation Awards Five Local Students Scholarships

Published Thursday, May 19, 2011 7:00 am
by Nicol Jenkins

These are just some of the projects sparked by five local high school seniors who received the Coral Springs Bridge to Leadership Awards at the Chamber’s Annual Gala. The Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation started this unique scholarship and raised enough funds to give $1,000  scholarships to entrepreneurial seniors at the five Coral Springs high schools. The five local students- Ben Gajus, Federico Rincon, Michael Brenner, Kelvin Medina, and Matthew Prince- received scholarships for demonstrating entrepreneurial spirit. They were honored at the annual Coral Springs Chamber Awards Gala. In addition, a  fundraiser by the Leadership Coral Springs Class of 2011 was held at Lefty’s Tavern & Grille to raise money for these scholarships. “The Leadership Class the Coral Springs Chamber Ambassadors and the Chamber Education Committee worked together to make these scholarships possible. It’s our way of giving back to the community,” said Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Brief, adding, “These are people who can bring future business to Coral Springs. That’s the goal we want to accomplish. This will encourage future business leaders to remain here in Coral Springs.” Connie Carberg, Chair of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee, said, “For the past 4 years, our Ambassador Committee has enthusiastically embraced the Chamber’s scholarship program, and once again this year, they went beyond all goals. Each ambassador is an instrumental source of raising funds for  the scholarships through the Gala auctions, obtaining baskets, products and gift certificates from our generous business community- even in this challenging economy.”“The students who are valedictorians receive all the scholarships and this time we are trying to do something a little different. Sometimes they are not given the credit they deserve,” added Jason Weiss, an attorney, Coral Springs resident and Leadership Class of 2011 President, who organized a fundraiser at Lefty’s Tavern & Grille to raise money for the scholarships. Leadership Coral  Springs Title Sponsor, Al Hendrickson Toyota, was instrumental in these efforts. Former Miami Dolphin Shawn Wooden attended the fundraiser. “It’s a great cause, whenever you can help the kids. The proceeds create scholarships for high school kids and it’s an opportunity to have a better life. It gives  those kids with entrepreneurial spirit and shows them that with hard work good things do happen even at a young age,” said Wooden, “These are the next business leaders, maybe the next President or Bill Gates.”

To view more of this article and learn of each students achievements, please go to here.