|Joseph D. Farish Jr.|
Palm Beach Atlantic University has established the Farish Scholars Program, which will award a four-year, full-tuition scholarship annually to two incoming freshmen who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievements and a commitment to community service. Recipients must be Florida residents.
The scholarship, which will be presented for the first time next fall, is named in honor of the late Palm Beach County Judge Joseph D. Farish Jr., who died last year at age 89. One of only a handful of full-tuition scholarships awarded by Palm Beach Atlantic, the Farish Scholarship Program is funded by a multi-million dollar bequest to the University.
“My husband, who lived his life by traditional American values, would be proud to see his name attached to this scholarship at Palm Beach Atlantic,” said Loreen Farish. “The Farish Scholars will continue Joe’s legacy of forward thinking and patriotic devotion.”
PBA’s Farish Scholars will be selected through an application and interview process. To qualify, applicants must have a 3.5 GPA, have a qualifying SAT score of 1380 or ACT score of 31, enter the University as a freshman, complete the full admissions application process and exhibit extensive community involvement.
“As a long-standing friend of Joe Farish and a fellow Rotarian, I take special pleasure in seeing his name join those of John D. MacArthur, Marshall E. Rinker, Theodore Johnson, William Lassiter and Lloyd L. Gregory in the chronicles of Palm Beach Atlantic,” Interim University President William M.B. Fleming, Jr. said. “These men were entrepreneurs and visionaries who led by example, sharing their blessings with other generations so that they could achieve their dreams.”
Working hard, serving his country and helping others were basic beliefs for Farish, who was the son of one of Palm Beach County’s first lawyers. During a remarkable legal career that spanned more than 60 years, Farish leveraged his courtroom success by investing in real estate, radio stations and car dealerships.
A World War II veteran, Farish was a survivor of the D-Day invasion. He served with the Big Red One First Infantry Division and also fought in the North African, Sicilian and European campaigns, earning five battle stars.
After the war, he attended the University of Florida Law School and handled several high-profile cases during the 1970s and 1980s.
Farish became one of Indiantown’s chief property owners and transformed former orange groves into cattle land. The Jupiter Island resident also was a devoted supporter of military organizations and charities, including the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the Palm Beach Historical Society and the March of Dimes.
He also was the longest-standing member of the West Palm Beach Rotary Club.
Another cause he championed was that of U.S. troops and their families. One of his final endeavors was the opening of a funeral home near the South Florida Veterans Cemetery in suburban Lantana. While the cemetery serves all, it caters to veterans in particular.