Here’s how these Gardens students earned money for college

Alexis Simm, left, standing next to then-Mayor Eric Jablin, is pictured after winning third place in a 9/11 essay contest last year. She was awarded a Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation scholarship this year, along with Shannon.

Alexis Simm, left, standing next to then-Mayor Eric Jablin, is pictured last year after winning third place in a 9/11 essay contest. She was awarded a Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation scholarship this year, along with Heather Shannon.

Two Palm Beach Gardens students are getting some support paying for college from the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation.

The foundation last week announced Alexis N. Simm and Heather E. Shannon as its 2016 scholarship recipients. Each will receive a $1,500 scholarship for her academic achievements and community involvement.

Simm is a William T. Dwyer High School graduate pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Simm also won third place in last year’s September 11th essay contest.

Shannon is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.

Stephanie Mitrione, a member of the foundation’s scholarship committee, said in a news release it gets more challenging to choose the recipients with each passing year.

“It is truly impressive how these young adults manage both their community and academic lives,” she said. “So many of today’s youth promise to be great leaders in our community, and it’s the foundation’s privilege to help support their academic goals.”

The foundation program has awarded scholarships to nine students in the past four years. The scholarships totaled $11,500, according to the news release.

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