Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Award Full College Scholarship

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Booker T. Washington Senior
Wins College Scholarship
From Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club

Booker T. Washington Senior High School student Ashley Milfort has won a four year Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club Scholarship Award—valued at $30,000—enabling the senior to attend college.

The Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club, one of South Florida’s oldest and largest community service organizations, presented the award during the school’s recent awards assembly. Nearly 1,000 students, teachers, parents and local dignitaries—and the local media—attended the ceremony.

Rick Freedman, chairman of the Kiwanis’ scholarship committee, presented the award to Wilfort who is the first of her family to attend college. She has been accepted to the University of Florida where she will major in Business Administration.

“This was an exciting event for Ashley as well as the Kiwanis,” said Freedman, who created the scholarship award in 2007 with funds raised from the club’s annual Biscayne Bay Gala. This year’s Gala is scheduled for October 25 at Jungle Island when the club will honor Lauren Book as its Citizen of the Year.

“With the funds from the Gala, our club began purchasing prepaid scholarships through the Stanley Tate Project Stars Program whereby the State of Florida matches our money dollar-for-dollar towards the purchase of college scholarships. The second four year scholarship came due this year and Ashley became our recipient.”

According to Freedman, “Ashley is a young woman who has beaten all the odds to achieve a high grade point average (GPA), be in the top 10 percent of her class, and perform more than 1,300 hours of community service. The scholarship committee read through more than 280 pages of information from 14 seniors before deciding on Ashley. She is great representative of her family, school and our club.”

Born in the Overtown section of Miami, Milfort is the youngest of three children raised in a single parent home by her mother who works for the TSA. Over the years her family struggled yet Ashley, 18, graduated with a 4.2 GPA while serving as the treasurer of Key Club and playing on the Booker T. Washington girls basketball team.

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