President and CEO Kenneth Gary
Willie Gary and the Gary Foundation
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The Gary Foundation
Willie Gary and the Gary Foundation Give
Nine Scholarships Awarded to
Stuart, FL - Attorney Willie Gary and the Gary Foundation recently hosted a scholarship reception at the Law Offices of Gary, Williams, Finney, Lewis, Watson & Sperando, P.L. in which students on the Treasure Coast were given the opportunity to shine as they met with college representatives from three colleges and universities from Florida and North Carolina.
Over 40 students arrived “dressed to impress” and with transcripts in hand at the law offices in downtown Stuart. Some arrived with a parent or school counselor to support the excited students. Kenneth Gary, president and CEO of the Gary Foundation, greeted students and answered questions, as appetizers and beverages were served. The juniors and seniors were from area schools including: Jensen Beach High School, Fort Pierce Central, Fort Pierce Westwood, Vero Beach High School, St. Lucie West Centennial, Martin County High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Port St. Lucie High School, South Fork High School and Treasure Coast High School. Many of the students had impressive GPAs, in most cases, exceeding 3.5.
As a result of the Gary Foundation’s Inaugural Scholarship Reception, Edward Waters College is recommending that two students from Fort Pierce Westwood each receive full Presidential Scholarships for four years valued at $62,600 each. St. Augustine’s College has recommended five students receive scholarships totaling $96,000. Shaw University has recommended a student from Vero Beach High School, and from Lincoln Park Academy each receive full Presidential Scholarships for four years, valued at $70,400 each. Gary is an alumnus of Shaw University and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In addition, Gary is responsible for reviving the football programs at both Shaw University and Edward Waters College. As a result, the two schools meet annually at the Willie Gary Football Classic.
“The Gary Foundation provides education, direction and opportunities for young people,” said Kenneth Gary. “This was the first of many events the Foundation will host to help send talented students to college. I am grateful to the schools that participated and hope to give away many more scholarships at next year’s event,” continued Gary.
Known for his philanthropic endeavors, Willie Gary and his wife, Gloria, founded The Gary Foundation in 1994 to provide scholarships, direction and opportunities to at-risk students who wish to attend college. The Gary’s have donated millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including $10 million to his alma mater Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.