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May 6, 2010: Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships Awarded

The City Commission recognized 15 deserving high school students who were awarded Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships for the upcoming academic year. With the generous assistance of the Coral Springs Community Chest, as well as contributions from individuals the Coral Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee was able to distribute scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 toward each student’s college education. Students were evaluated on their level of financial need and community involvement.

This year’s winners are: Natalie Fasitta and Jordyn Levy from Coral Glades High School; Becki Hathorn and Wilbert Ramos from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; Nour Bitar and Jenna Rose Frisone from J.P. Taravella High School; Dahlia Hassanein, Marilyn Malara and Stephany Orozco from Coral Springs Charter School; and Vinay Bhola, Liquein Davis, Ellen Kessler, Katie Knights, Sasha Lalmansingh, and Mikeva Turner from Coral Springs High School.

“We are very proud of the members of the Martin Luther King Committee and their efforts in raising funds to provide scholarships to deserving young people in honor of Dr. King.  We congratulate the 2010 recipients, and, join in thanking all those who made these scholarships possible,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said.

Generous donations were made by MetLife Foundation, Coral Springs Marriott, Jesse and Doris Penn, Roy and Janet Gold, Community Chest, Inc., Cypen & Cypen, Dorothy Ruffin, Scott Brook, David Zabinsky, Brigette K. Johnson, Bessie Cristwell, Cheryl Cooper, Stacy Angier, Tony Dixon, Marcia Scully, Joyce Campos, Emma Winston, Mildred Bryant, Ainsworth Clarke, David Zabinsky, Mark Gendal, Jack Bloomfield and Phillip Hopson. Scholarship donations are sought throughout the year.

“I am very proud of the recipients.  These students are diligent and a great example for other teenagers!” Mayor Scott Brook said.

High School seniors who are residents of Coral Springs and attend Coral Glades High, Coral Springs Charter School, Coral Springs High, Stoneman Douglas High and J.P. Taravella High are eligible to apply for this scholarship for the 2011 school year. Applications can be obtained in the fall from the Brace Advisors at each school or from the City’s web site at

The Coral Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee will also be hosting its fourth annual  "Golfing for the King" Golf Classic in September. This event will benefit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund for the 2011 school-year. Visit for more details as the event nears. For more information on the MLK Scholarships, call 954-344-1005.

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