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The Wellington Community Foundation Awards Inaugural Arle And Ken Adams Scholarships Story by Mike May • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Some of the best opportunities in life exist in your own backyard. That is especially the case when it comes to high school students and their parents who are searching for college scholarship opportunities. One of those scholarships with roots in Wellington is the new Arle and Ken Adams Scholarship, which is administered by the Wellington Community Foundation.

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The Arle and Ken Adams Scholarship, which was distributed for the first time this year, was created to serve those in need who can benefit from a helping hand in order to become one of tomorrow’s leaders. According to Wellington Community Foundation Chair Tom Wenham, the scholarship will be awarded annually to two students from Wellington who have a proven track record of supporting the Village of Wellington and its residents. The scholarship was named in honor of former Palm Beach County Commissioner Ken Adams and his late wife, Arle Adams. Longtime Wellington residents, Arle and Ken Adams made great contributions to the growth and development of the Village of Wellington, dating back to the late 1970s. Key figures in getting Wellington incorporated as a municipality in the 1990s, there are very few aspects of Wellington’s growth that cannot be attributed to some kind of involvement or assistance from Arle and Ken Adams. A scholarship committee led by Wellington Community Foundation board members James Seder and Joanna Boynton was given the task of recommending the inaugural recipients of the Arle and Ken Adams Scholarship. According to Wenham, there were 18 applicants, and making a decision was difficult. “Our selection committee recommended two out of 18, and it was not easy,” Wenham said. “They all had great GPAs and résumés.” june 2019 | wellington the magazine

Seder agreed that there was a wealth of qualified candidates who submitted applications this inaugural year. “I am very proud of all of these young men and women,” he said. “We received 18 applications in our first year, which is an incredible number.” The scholarship committee put the word out about the new scholarship by reaching out to local high schools. “We relied on guidance counselors to put the word out there,” Seder said. “We also believed that the higher award amount of $2,500 could help a lot of people with expenses. Once the applications were received, the scholarship committee reviewed each application. I can assure you that we spent many hours and days reviewing these applications. Each one had its own merits. Committee members submitted their top candidates to the foundation’s board of directors, and votes were cast to award the scholarships.” The first recipients are Wellington residents Sebastian Suarez, a 2019 graduate of Palm Beach Central High School, and Francesca Herman, a 2019 graduate of Wellington High School. “We strived to make our scholarship different from the others by trying to focus on the values and qualities that Arle and Ken Adams exemplified over the years,” Seder said. “This includes an emphasis on public service, leadership and community involvement. We also considered academic achievement and overcoming adversity in making the award decision.”

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June 2019 | ON THE COVER Francesca Herman and Sebastian Suarez, inaugural recipients of the Arle and Ken Adams Scholarship, photographed at...

WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE JUNE 2019  

June 2019 | ON THE COVER Francesca Herman and Sebastian Suarez, inaugural recipients of the Arle and Ken Adams Scholarship, photographed at...