The Zoe Loren ‘Make a Difference’ Foundation was established by the Loren family in honor and memory of Zoe Loren. The scholarship recognizes students who share Zoe’s commitment to giving back to her community. Since 2011, the foundation has awarded over $100,000 in educational scholarships. All of the students are compassionate community-minded individuals who demonstrate a sense of purpose beyond their years. In addition to the three $4,000 college tuition scholarships that were awarded, the foundation also renewed the multi-year scholarships of $3,000 each to two Meyer Academy students.
To assist us with continuing to provide scholarships to these deserving students, we invite you to participate in our annual 5K Run/Walk fundraiser on Saturday, November 10, 2018. We expect our biggest crowd ever and we hope you can join us for this fun family event!
Meet our 2018 winners...
Trevon is a graduate of William T. Dwyer’s International Baccalaureate Diploma program. He maintained excellent grades while holding down multiple part time jobs and volunteering. He has always had a passion for education, and one of the ways he has displayed this passion is by serving as a mentor to elementary school children with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Trevon’s supervisor at Big Brothers Big Sisters describes him as a leader who is looked up to by other mentors in the program. In addition, Trevon has also volunteered with the Homeless Coalition, an organization focused on improving the lives of the homeless in Palm Beach County, and at his school’s library.
Trevon will attend the University of Florida and major in Biology on a pre-med track. Trevon plans on becoming a pediatrician and he hopes to open his own practice in Palm Beach County to continue to aid children in our community. Trevon wishes to continue the mission of the foundation by starting a mentorship program at his college for underprivileged kids.
Liza graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program at Suncoast High School with outstanding grades. During high school, Liza has dedicated many hours helping ESOL students understand their classroom lessons and assignments. She has also volunteered her time teaching karate classes to younger students.
Liza will be attending the University of Central Florida where she will pursue a degree in Chemistry. Liza hopes to become a cardiac surgeon and work at hospitals in different countries for several years.
Alexa graduated from William T. Dwyer High School where she excelled in all of her advanced placement courses.
Alexa has been very involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and was awarded their Mission Award for her exceptional outreach and advocacy during their fundraising campaign. During this time, Alexa raised over $16,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma
Alexa will be attending the Uiversity of Texas at San Antonio where she will be playing for the women’s soccer team. Alexa’s experience while volunteering has shown her that she wants to choose a profession which emphasizes helping others.
Ethan will be entering the third grade at Meyer Acaemy. Ethan is very bright and creative! He loves art, music, performing arts, reading, LEGO robotics, STEM/coding and gymnastics. Ethan is always eager to participate in mitzvah projects at Meyer and at home. He donates the money that he collects in his tzedakah box, helps collect food for food pantries, and donates his gently-used toys and clothes to local families and organizations.
Nolan is entering the first grade at Meyer Academy and he enjoys spending time in the STEM lab. When asked what his favorite thing was about Meyer Academy, his response was, “Everything!”
Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners this year! Thank you to our many supporters who have enabled us to 'Make a Difference' in Zoe's memory. We are deeply grateful for your kindness and generosity.