Two Palm Beach Atlantic University freshmen have been named the first recipients of 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.
Jennifer Coe of Sanford, Fla., and Skye Sherman of Leesburg, 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.
PBA President William M.B. Fleming, Jr., congratulates the University's first Farish Scholars, Jennifer Coe (center) and Skye Sherman.
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.
Coe and Sherman are both students in the University’s Frederick M. Supper Honors Program. Coe is majoring in theatre arts and minoring in screenwriting.
She graduated from Veritas Academy and was active in speech and debate with the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association. She also has served as an AWANA leader with Neighborhood Alliance Church in Longwood, and she was active with IceHouse Youth Theatre and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Recently she served as the welcome/facility coordinator for the Do Hard Things Conference in Orlando.
Sherman’s major is undecided and she is minoring in Spanish. She graduated from First Academy High School in Leesburg and was active on the tennis team and cheerleading squad.
She also was the editor of the yearbook staff, president of the National Honor Society, secretary of Student Government, secretary of the Interact Club and secretary of the Debate Club. Outside of school, she worked to get her private pilot's license and boater’s license, and she is a PADI certified scuba diver.