Anna Dundas Karabensh of Lake Worth and Candace Jones Kurtz of Boynton Beach have been selected to receive Palm Beach Atlantic University's Women of Distinction scholarships. Proceeds from the 20th annual Women of Distinction luncheon Feb. 23, which will honor Eileen Burns and Suzanne Wright, 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.
The oldest of seven children, Anna Karabensh hails from the small town of Rutland, Vt. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in music education and studies piano, flute and percussion. She performs with the PBA Symphonic Band and Irish Music Ensemble on campus and in venues across Palm Beach County.
A student in the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program, Karabensh was named Outstanding Freshman in the Honors Program, as well as Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. On campus, she served as a Point 58 bible-study leader for her residence hall. She also volunteered in the Coral House Community's Burrito Project, which provides food, first aid supplies and Bible study to the homeless in Bryant Park, Lake Worth. Internationally, she served with missionaries of the Haitian American Friendship Foundation in Pignon, Haiti. Karabensh resides in Lake Worth with her husband, Greg, and they attend Boynton Beach Community Church.
This spring, Karabensh will student teach at Panther Run Elementary School in Lake Worth. Upon graduation, she plans to begin her career as an elementary school music teacher and later earn a master's degree in Ethnomusicology.
Candace Kurtz is pursuing a bachelor's degree in cross cultural studies. Her work in the program has equipped her to form strong relationships with the Muslim community and has provided opportunities to share her newfound appreciation and love of Muslims with others. Kurtz also had the opportunity to use her cross cultural skills while working for the Global Language Institute where she assisted Colombian children studying the English language.
An advocate for human rights, Kurtz serves in a leadership position for the campus chapter of International Justice Mission and completed an internship with Global Refuge International. Last year, she advocated for fair trade on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., with Not For Sale, an organization that strives to abolish human trafficking.
Kurtz was named Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and was elected president for PBA's chapter of the National Honor Society for Religious and Theological Studies, Theta Alpha Kappa. Prior to enrolling at PBA, she received the Academic Excellence in English and Literature award from Palm Beach Community College, as well as the William B. Marshall Scholarship for Composition from the English Speaking Union. Kurtz and her husband, Sean, live in Boynton Beach and attend Grace Fellowship in West Palm Beach. After spring graduation, Kurtz will continue her cross cultural work with human rights organizations.