Scholarship Opportunity for KWHS Graduating Senior from Teacher Recruitment Fund at Community Foundation

An initiative to support local students of diverse backgrounds and promote equality in the Keys is offering a first-time scholarship to a Key West High School graduating senior. The Phyllis Allen Teacher Recruitment Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys is now accepting applications from graduating seniors with diverse backgrounds planning to pursue a career as a Monroe County teacher. Applications for the scholarship are due May 17 to the Community Foundation.

Application requirements and other information is available at cffk.org/diversity.

Established by local civic leaders and named after a lifelong Keys educator, the scholarship fund is providing $5,000 in college tuition assistance to diverse local students who pursue an education degree and return to Key West for their careers. In doing so, the new educational leaders will increase the ethnic diversity of teachers in Monroe County schools and become mentors for future generations.

The Fund will give preference for this year’s scholarship to KWHS students of African-American and Afro-Caribbean heritage.

Keys resident Christine Dalton-Godlewski, creator of the initiative, said, “Our goal is to develop a community in which people of diverse backgrounds and experiences are in positions of authority that build relationships with children of all races and end racial stereotypes.” The new initiative is named after Phyllis Allen, a lifelong Key West resident and 50-year educator in the Monroe County School district.

More information about the Phyllis Allen Teacher Recruitment Fund is available at cffk.org/diversity. Questions about the scholarship application should be directed to holly@cffk.org.

Your Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, In Paradise for Good, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Since 1996, the Community Foundation has been connecting people, resources and needs through philanthropy. CFFK helps individuals and families leave a legacy in the Keys by inspiring giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit every resident from Key Largo to Key West. Over $30 million in grants have been made to student scholarships, arts and culture, beautification and preservation of the Keys, health and human services, hurricane relief, and youth programs. The Community Foundation is known for its signature “Unsung Heroes” event which honors nonprofit volunteers. For more information, call (305) 292-1502 or visit cffk.org.