Florida residents Lisa Nyman of Jupiter and Whitney Smith of Punta Gorda have been selected to receive Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Women of Distinction scholarships. Proceeds from the 23rd Women of Distinction luncheon on Feb. 19, which will honor Susie Elson and Nancy Murray, provide scholarships for outstanding female students at Palm Beach Atlantic.
The students, who were selected based on their academic achievements and community involvement, will deliver the welcome and invocation at the event held at The Breakers, Palm Beach.
Lisa Nyman is a senior majoring in mathematics and minoring in oceanography. She is president of the Mathematics Society, and she has served as a tutor in such subjects as statistics, finite math, probability, geometry and algebra.
Off campus, she has volunteered as an educator at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, where she shares information with visitors about sea turtles at the center’s turtle hospital. She additionally volunteered at Jenkinson’s Aquarium while living in her former home in New Jersey. Also during that time, she performed in theater sketches with the Actor’s Playhouse.
She uses her acting and voice experience to put on plays and other performances through her church. She also has taught religious education classes to fifth-grade students.
Whitney Smith is a junior majoring in education and minoring in dance. She has served as a peer mentor in the First-Year Experience program at PBA, as well as serving as a participant in PBA’s Quality Enhancement Plan program. She also has been chosen to be a Presidential Ambassador, is on the University’s dance team and has been a part of the PBA Praise gospel choir. She also has been named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
In addition to volunteering at the Lourdes-Noreen McKeen Residence in West Palm Beach, she also loves volunteering as a teacher for an after-school Bible club, the Good News Club, at North Grade Elementary School in Lake Worth.