Boca scholarship program helps local students during college careers

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By: Marisa Gottesman Associate Editor
Paying for college is a little bit easier for 72 local high school graduates.
Thanks to the Boca Raton-based George Snow Scholarship Fund, local students attending colleges and universities throughout the state and country will have a little less debt to take on as they begin their college journey.
The 34th award ceremony resulted in awarding students scholarships totaling $687,482.68. The money was divided evenly between the 72 scholars.
Students also received a computer or tablet if they need it for school, a care package filled with college essentials and support from the Snow family, who is with the students for their college careers.
“We tell the kids you become part of our family now,” said President of the George Snow Foundation Tim Snow. “We know every student inside and out.”
He said there were 929 applicants this year. A selection committee of 67 people reviewed each application nine times before choosing to interview 250 of the students.
After the interviews, the finalists were selected. Total, the nonprofit has awarded about $8 million to students pursuing higher education.
Snow started and named the foundation after his father George Snow, who died in a helicopter crash in 1982. The aircraft and his body were never recovered.
Tim Snow said his father always went out of his way to help kids and he wanted to continue that mission.
“He was always trying to help young people who were trying to help themselves,” Snow said of his father.
He said the biggest misconceptions people have of the nonprofit is that his father left a lot of money for the organization. Tim Snow said that isn’t true.
“Everything we have ever given we have raised,” he said.
The group is known for several annual fundraising events. The next one is the Boca Ballroom Battle in August.
The “Dancing With the Stars” style event will take place on Aug. 20 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
Eight community members will take the dance floor in the ninth annual event. They will be paired with professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Boca Raton, community leaders will be given a series of dance lessons to perfect a routine, and then compete for the Fundraising “Mirror Ball” trophy at an elegant cocktail reception and dance showcase.
This year’s Boca’s Ballroom Battle Community dancers are:
Donna Biase-, Co-Founder, Best Foot Forward Foundation
Dan Davidowitz, CIO & Portfolio Manager, Polen Capital
Alex Eremia, Vice President, General Counsel, Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Peter Gary, CEO/Founder, Pinnacle Advertising & Marketing Group
Bonnie Halperin, Entrepreneur, Visionary, Philanthropist, Volunteer
Stacey Packer, Community Champion, Volunteer and Mother
Doug Paton, Chief Operating Officer, Flagship Solutions Group
Samantha Vassallo, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Private Wealth Management
There will also be a cash raffle where the grand winner takes home $5,000 and a live auction with a one-week ski trip to Park City, 3-bedroom home on the mountain, ski in and out and a tropical vacation at a compound in the Keys that sleeps 12. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, entertainment which will be followed by the dance showcase at 7 p.m. and After Party in the Palm Court.
Tickets are very limited, starting at $185. All tickets include two cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For more information call (561) 347-6799 or purchase online at www.scholarship.org.
Snow said he tells the students who receive scholarships to strive to be like the organization’s donors.