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Our heartfelt thanks go out to the following scholarship donors:
* Fred and Willi Lehman, * Charlie Fredrickson, * Jeff Nowack, * Tom Sarko, * Steven Schiff, * Laura Jean Morse, L. Lombard, Wm. Chazotte, J. Albert, J. Badal, C. Bennett, Mayda Arias, E. Isacoff, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Temple Judea

* Scholarship Committee Member

Our Thirteenth Award - May 17, 2016

On May 17th, it was my extreme pleasure to attend the Atlantic Community High School "Class of 2016 Senior Awards Night" program, to present our Scholarship Award to Morley Wiener. Morley is a fine young man and past club speaker. He will be attending Pomona College in Claremont, California, to begin his studies in Astrophysics in August. Morley is planning on attending our club meetings before he ventures west. I know we all wish Morley and his family the very best. In addition to Morley receiving a "Complimentary Membership" in our club for 2016, the other five scholarship applicants also were granted membership in our club for 2016.

Our Twelfth Award in Eleven Years - May 22, 2015

On May 22, 2015, it was my pleasure to present Gabriel Gonzalez our Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches Scholarship Award of $1,000 at Olympic Heights Community High School in Boca Raton. It was my intent to introduce him to our club members at our June 3rd club meeting. However, his college career has already claimed his summer, and he is unable to join us at this time. I also presented Gabriel with a complementary ASPB club membership for the rest of 2015.

Gabriel will be studying astrophysics at the University of Northern Florida. He was a founding member and officer in the Olympic Heights Community High School Astronomy Club. We hope to hear great things in the near future about Gabriel's career in astronomy. One day, we hope to see him at one of our club meetings, possibly as a presenter. We wish Gabriel and his family the best for the future.

Previous scholarships went to:
2014 - Christina Ramsey of Atlantic Community High School
2013 - Egon Nicolae Einoder of Atlantic Community High School and Tilon Pervenecki of Florida Atlantic University High School(the
only year that two scholarships were awarded)
2012 - Tilon Pervenecki of Florida Atlantic University High School
2011 - Dilshan Ranadewa of Suncoast Community High School
2010 - Alley Robinson of Jupiter High School(2nd award)
2009 - Alley Robinson of Jupiter High School
2008 - Joshua N. Disatham of Suncoast High School
2007 - Tegan L. MacDonald of Park Vista High School
2006 - Corey J. Kubber of Santaluces High School
2005 - James Melotek of Spanish River High School

Stephen Schiff, ASPB President and Scholarship Committee Member

Christina Ramsey with ASPB President Stephen Schiff

Christina Ramsey with ASPB President Stephen Schiff

Our Eleventh Award - May 7, 2014
Atlantic Community High School senior, Christina Ramsey, has received the 2014 scholarship award from the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. The "Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Merit in Astronomy" includes a check for $1000 and a year's membership in the Society. The Astronomical Society scholarship was established by members to encourage and reward Palm Beach County students with a special interest in astronomy. Previous awards went to James Melotek of Spanish River High School in 2005, Corey J. Kubber of Santaluces High School in 2006, Tegan L. MacDonald of Park Vista High School in 2007, Joshua N. Disatham of Suncoast High School in 2008, Alley Robinson of Jupiter High School in 2009 and 2010, Dilshan Ranadewa of Suncoast Community High School in 2011, Tilon Pervenecki of Florida Atlantic University High School in 2012 and 2013, and Egon Nicolae Einoder of Atlantic Community High School in 2013, the only year that two scholarships were awarded.

 

 

 

Egon Nicolae Einoder

Egon Nicolae Einoder

Tilon Pervenecki

Tilon Pervenecki

Our Ninth and Tenth Awards - May 1, 2013
Florida Atlantic University High School senior, Tilon Pervenecki, and Atlantic Community High School junior, Egon Nicolae Einoder, have received the 2013 scholarship awards from the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. Each "Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Merit in Astronomy" includes a check for $1000 and a year's membership in the Society. Scholarship Committee Coordinator, Tom Sarko, made the presentations at the ASPB May meeting. The Astronomical Society scholarship was established by members to encourage and reward Palm Beach County students with a special interest in astronomy. Previous awards went to James Melotek of Spanish River High School in 2005, Corey J. Kubber of Santaluces High School in 2006, Tegan L. MacDonald of Park Vista High School in 2007, Joshua N. Disatham of Suncoast High School in 2008, Alley Robinson of Jupiter High School in 2009 and 2010, Dilshan Ranadewa of Suncoast Community High School in 2011, and Tilon (as a junior) in 2012.
Tom Sarko
ASPB Awards Committee Coordinator


Tilon Pervenecki

Tilon Pervenecki

Our Eighth Award - May 2, 2012
Florida Atlantic University High School junior, Tilon Pervenecki, has received the 2012 scholarship award from the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. The eighth annual "Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Merit in Astronomy" includes a check for $1000 and a year's membership in the Society. Scholarship Committee Coordinator, Tom Sarko, made the presentation at the ASPB May meeting. The Astronomical Society scholarship was established by members to encourage and reward Palm Beach County students with a special interest in astronomy. Tilon recently joined ASPB, and only learned of the scholarship after becoming a member. Previous awards went to James Melotek of Spanish River High School in 2005, Corey J. Kubber of Santaluces High School in 2006, Tegan L. MacDonald of Park Vista High School in 2007, Joshua N. Disatham of Suncoast High School in 2008, Alley Robinson of Jupiter High School in 2009 and 2010, and Dilshan Ranadewa of Suncoast Community High School in 2011.

Sincerely,
Tom Sarko
ASPB Scholarship Committee Coordinator


Our Seventh Award - May 24, 2011
Suncoast Community High School senior, Dilshan Ranadewa, has received the 2011 scholarship award from the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. The seventh annual "Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Merit in Astronomy" includes a check for $1000 and a year's membership in the Society. Scholarship Committee member, Stephen Schiff, made the presentation at the Suncoast Community High School Graduating Class of 2011 Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 24th. The Astronomical Society scholarship was established by members to encourage and reward Palm Beach County students with a special interest in astronomy. Dilshan has been an active member of ASPB for many years. Previous awards went to James Melotek of Spanish River High School in 2005, Corey J. Kubber of Santaluces High School in 2006, Tegan L. MacDonald of Park Vista High School in 2007, Joshua N. Disatham of Suncoast High School in 2008, and Alley Robinson of Jupiter High School in 2009 and 2010.

Sincerely,
Tom Sarko
ASPB Awards Committee Coordinator


Our Sixth Award - May 11, 2010
Jupiter Community High School senior, Alexandra ("Alley") L. Robinson, has received the 2010 scholarship award from the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. The sixth annual "Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Merit in Astronomy" includes a check for $1000 and a year's membership in the Society. Scholarship Committee Coordinator, Tom Sarko, made the presentation at the Jupiter High "Class of 2010 Senior Awards Night" on Tuesday, May 11. The Astronomical Society scholarship was established by members to encourage and reward Palm Beach County students with a special interest in astronomy. Alley, the first repeat winner, hopes to pursue a career in astronomy or astrophysics, and will be attending the University of Central Florida next fall. Previous awards went to James Melotek of Spanish River High School in 2005, Corey J. Kubber of Santaluces High School in 2006, Tegan L. MacDonald of Park Vista High School in 2007, Joshua N. Disatham of Suncoast High School in 2008, and Alley in 2009.

Sincerely,
Tom Sarko
ASPB Awards Committee Coordinator


Alley Robinson, Tom Sarko

Alley Robinson, Tom Sarko

Our Fifth Award - May 6, 2009
Jupiter Community High School junior, Alexandra ("Alley") L. Robinson, has received the 2009 scholarship award from the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. The fifth annual "Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Merit in Astronomy" includes a check for $1000 and a year's membership in the Society. Scholarship Committee Coordinator, Tom Sarko, made the presentation at the monthly meeting of the ASPB on Wednesday, May 6. Alley hopes to pursue a career in astronomy or astrophysics. The Astronomical Society scholarship was established by members to encourage and reward Palm Beach County students with a special interest in astronomy. Previous awards went to James Melotek of Spanish River High School in 2005, Corey J. Kubber of Santaluces High School in 2006, Tegan L. MacDonald of Park Vista High School in 2007, and Joshua N. Disatham of Suncoast High School in 2008.

Sincerely,
Tom Sarko

ASPB Awards Committee Coordinator


Our Fourth Award - May 19, 2008
Suncoast Community High School Senior, Joshua N. Disatham, has received the 2008 scholarship aware from the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. The fourth annual "Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Merit in Astronomy" includes a check for $1000 and a year's membership in the society. Scholarship Committee Coordinator, Tom Sarko, made the presentation at the Suncoast Community High School Graduating Class of 2008 Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 19. Joshua hopes to pursue a career in astrophysics. The Astronomical Society scholarship was established by members to encourage and reward Palm Beach County students with a special interest in astronomy. Previous awards went to James Melotek of Spanish River High School in 2005, Corey J. Kubber of Santaluces High School in 2006, and Tegan L. MacDonald of Park Vista High School in 2007.

Sincerely,
Tom Sarko
ASPB Awards Committee Coordinator


Tegan L. MacDonald, Tom Sarko

Tegan L. MacDonald, Tom Sarko

Our Third Award - May 16, 2007
Park Vista Community High School Senior, Tegan L. MacDonald, has received the 2007 scholarship award from the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. The third annual "Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Merit in Astronomy" includes a check for $1000 and a year's membership in the society. Scholarship Committee Coordinator, Tom Sarko, made the presentation at the Park Vista Community High School Graduating Class of 2007 Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 16. Tegan plans to major in meteorology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. The Astronomical Society scholarship was established by members to encourage and reward Palm Beach County students with a special interest in astronomy. Previous awards went to James Melotek of Spanish River High School in 2005 and Corey J. Kubber of Santaluces High School in 2006.

Sincerely,
Tom Sarko
ASPB Awards Committee Coordinator


Left to right: Jennifer Rubow, Corey J. Kubber, Tom Sarko, Glenn Heyward

Left to right: Jennifer Rubow, Corey J. Kubber, Tom Sarko, Glenn Heyward

Our Second Award - May 19, 2006
Santaluces High School Senior and class Valedictorian, Corey J. Kubber, received the 2006 scholarship award from the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. The "Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Merit in Astronomy" includes a check for $1000 and a year's membership in the society.

Scholarship Committee Coordinator, Tom Sarko, presented the award at Santaluces on Friday, May 5, with Santaluces Principal, Glenn Heyward, and Science Department Co-Chair, Jennifer Rubow, on hand to congratulate the recipient. Corey is currently attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Astronomical Society scholarship was established by members to encourage and reward Palm Beach County students with a special interest in astronomy. The 2005 inaugural award went to James Melotek of Spanish River High School in Boca Raton.

Sincerely,
Tom Sarko
ASPB Awards Committee Coordinator


Left to right: Charlie Fredrickson, James Melotek, Dan Adams

Left to right: Charlie Fredrickson, James Melotek, Dan Adams

Our First Award - May 5, 2005
ASPB Scholarship Award Update -- WE HAVE A WINNER!

We have had the most outstanding month since ASPB set up it's Scholarship Award program! We received a total of SIX applications from students across Palm Beach County. We were fortunate in receiving applications from some of the county's most gifted senior students. At a meeting held on Wednesday, April 27th, our Awards Committee deliberated over the applications, finally reaching a consensus on the recipient of this year's $1000 Award. The name and High School of the winning participant will be announced at a future meeting. The award, including a framed certificate, will be presented at that High School's award ceremony in mid-May.

ASPB sincerely thanks the members of the original ad hoc committee that placed a proposal for an annual award before the Board of Directors. That original committee consisted of Dr. Barbara Kane, Frank Condon, and Hana Hudecek. If it were not for Barbara's article in "Stars & Scopes", and the committee's initial proposal, we would not be in this situation today. I'd also like to thank members of the Board of Directors who provided their own input to the process, which helped mold the proposal that reached the floor of our regular membership meeting.     
Left to right: Charlie Fredrickson, James Melotek, Dan Adams
I'd like to thank the members of our Scholarship Award Committee, Tom Sarko, Fred Lehman, Jeff Nowak, Ben Kolstad, Dr. Barbara Kane, and Joe Badal, for their support, input, sincere opinions, and time and effort in deliberations at our evaluation meeting. All but Joe were able to make the evaluation meeting.

Thanks are also due to Fred Barch, head Science Program Planner for the Palm Beach County schools, for his gracious assistance in forwarding our award application to each Science Department head and chief guidance counselor, at all Palm Beach County public High Schools. Fred and his staff also provided valuable input regarding the application itself. Special thanks are due to Tom Sarko, who put us in touch with Fred in the first place!

And, finally, thanks to all the ASPB members and friends who gave generously to the Scholarship Award fund. We will be asking for your assistance in the very near future, to grow the award to an even greater amount than this year's. Remember, your donations are fully tax deductible!

A lot of work still remains before we wrap up this year's effort. It has been an extraordinary privilege and honor to head up this Committee for it's Inaugural Award. At our evaluation meeting, we elected Tom Sarko, by acclamation, to head the committee for next year's effort. I pledge my continuing support to this effort, and request the support of our membership to Tom and the Awards Committee in the year ahead.

Most Sincerely,
Charlie Fredrickson
ASPB Awards Committee Coordinator


Our first Committee Meeting (01/10/04)
On Tuesday, December 9th, the "kickoff meeting" for ASPB's newly constituted Scholarship Award Committee was held. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the meeting was held at 7 PM at my home rather than at a local restaurant. After salad and pizza, supplied by Zucarelli's, we adjourned to the Living Room to get started with the meeting proper. Present were: ASPB President Fred Lehman, newly elected Board member Ben Kolstad, longtime ASPB members Tom Sarko and Jeff Nowak, new member Joe Badal, Frank Condon, and myself, Charlie Fredrickson.

Following introductions and statements of what we each "brought to the table", we got down to the proposal as presented at the October meeting. I brought a list of 8 potential high schools to solicit for possible participation in the Award program, gleaned from the internet, and an article on high school involvement in astronomy at one of the local High Schools. There was great interest in expanding the potential list of High Schools to include ALL the public high schools in Palm Beach county. There was brief discussion of extending the award to private schools as well, but this was short-lived. Frank Condon re-iterated his original desire to limit the award to one high school only. There was little interest by other committee members in this proposal.

Tom Sarko presented a copy of a potential application, to be sent to the Science Department Heads of each high school. There was a general feeling that there was a bit too much information required, for such a modest amount as we're proposing. I agreed to work with Tom to re-work the application as needed. Fred agreed to work with Joe on a letter from ASPB, announcing the Scholarship Program, to be sent along with the applications. Jeff agreed to work with Ben to compile a list of all 22 public high school Science Department heads to whom we'll address our proposal. We talked briefly on the subject of funding, then tabled the issue for a future meeting when it can be addressed more fully.

We all agreed that we needed to finalize the letter, application and contact list by early in the new year. We will meet again early in January to complete these tasks, with the objective of having the applications in the hands of the schools in time for an important school meeting in early February.

The meeting adjourned shortly before 10 PM.

For the Scholarship Award Committee,
Charlie Fredrickson
Committee Coordinator


A Note from our President (11/26/03)
Greetings to all members, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

At our November meeting, we voted on and approved a framework within which we can build our scholarship program, and we approved the initial seeding of the scholarship fund. Now, we must quickly move forward to establish a solid structure consisting of a standing committee of trustees and a continuing monetary fund. Several volunteers will be needed to fill this committee. Although the scholarship committee will ultimately report to the executive board, it will have an independent autonomy over its own makeup and internal structure. The committee will have the initial responsibility of establishing the guidelines for the very first scholarship award, but more importantly, its ultimate goal is to structure itself to ensure additional awards continuing in perpetuity.

On a personal note, there is no aspect of humanity on which I have stronger convictions. I believe that we must, as adults, devote some portion of ourselves to the education of our youth. Many of us selflessly volunteer our time and our telescopes at public outings at the museum and at the various libraries. Likewise, many of us have benefited from scholarships in our own youth. In the current economic climate, it is more difficult than ever to scrape together the money to finance a college education. It is now our time to "step up to the plate" and put forth our best effort toward helping a few members of the next generation along the path to their own future.

Sincerely, Fred Lehman
ASPB President