Scholarships for Youth Caregivers.

Scholarships

The Richard & Vera Besser Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors with a caregiving youth experience. The scholarship provides $1,000 to the student to be applied toward their financial needs for college.

Vera was an educator and a caregiver for her husband. Her heart was very touched when she learned about youth caregivers and generously began the scholarship program for the Caregivers Support Network.



Cookie MillerThe Cookie Miller Scholarship has been established in memory of Cookie Miller who was an elementary school teacher in Pinellas County Schools for over 25 years. She lost her courageous fight of over 10 years to cancer in 2007. Her passions for children and education is why her husband Bob established this scholarship.

This scholarship was created to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors or reapplying college students with a caregiving youth experience. The scholarship provides $1,000 to the student to be applied toward their financial needs for college.

For more information on these scholarships or to apply, go to the Pinellas Education Foundation website and apply through the Caregiving Youth Scholarship.



The Walter Bach Memorial Scholarship was established in loving memory of Walter Bach by his wife, Kay. Walter's passion in life was to help children who were less fortunate. Walter was involved with the YMCA to help feed families and give children a better life.

Walter was also able to continue the legacy of his father, who had created a camp for underpriviledged children in Geneva, Wisconsin, called the Norman Barr Camp.

The Norman Barr Camp would bring in buses of children for 2 weeks at a time to enjoy things like swimming in a lake and arts and crafts. In addition, the youth also learned about things such as a the importance of good diet.

This scholarship of $1000 has been established to provide assistance to students furthering their education who have had caregiving responsibilities for a family member.


Previous Cookie Miller Scholarship Winners

2011 - Jovanna Davis,
Gibbs High School

2010 - Megan Leslie,
Palm Harbor University High School

2010 - Grace Senatre,
Clearwater High School


Previous Richard & Vera Besser Memorial Caregiving Youth Scholarship Winners

2011 - Tina Gaila,
Pinellas Park High School
2010 - Kaylene Fairchild,
St. Petersburg High School

2009 - Megan Leslie,
Palm Harbor University High School

2008 - Kristen Sizemore,
Seminole High School

2007 - Tiarra Ramsey,
St. Petersburg Collegiate High School


Previous Walter Bach Memorial Scholarship Winners

2011 - Alicia Johnson,
Northeast High School