Two first-year Palm Beach Atlantic University students have been chosen to receive the University’s Farish Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded to those who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievements and a commitment to community service.
|First-year Palm Beach Atlantic University students Beryl Carr (left) of Mims, Fla., and Jessica Martin of Palm Harbor, Fla., have been chosen to receive the Farish Scholarship.|
Beryl Carr of Mims, Fla., and Jessica Martin of Palm Harbor, Fla., will receive the award, which is named in honor of the late Palm Beach County Judge Joseph D. Farish Jr. It is one of only a handful of full-tuition scholarships ever awarded by the University.
Working hard, serving his country and helping others were basic beliefs for Farish. In addition to being a respected attorney and judge, he was also a World War II veteran, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Another cause he championed was that of U.S. troops and their families. One of his final endeavors before his death in 2010 at age 89 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.
PBA’s Farish Scholars are 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; be an entering freshman; complete the full admissions application process; and exhibit extensive community involvement.
Carr is majoring in biology with a concentration in botany, environmental science and field biology, and she is minoring in music. She is also a member of the University’s Frederick M. Supper Honors Program.
Carr graduated from Astronaut High School in Titusville and has been active at Christ Community Church, also in Titusville. She has been involved in the middle school and high school camps through her church, and this summer she was a leader for the middle school camp. She also has been active in a local unicycle club, and she plays piano.
Martin’s major is medicinal and biological chemistry and she is minoring in biblical studies. She later hopes to apply for admission to PBA’s Gregory School of Pharmacy. She attended East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs during her freshman and sophomore years of high school, and she completed her last two years at St. Petersburg College, earning an Associate of Arts degree.
She also has been active in Clearwater Community Church. Martin’s twin sister, Jenna, attends PBA, and the sisters also have an older brother, Chris.