The Viner Community Scholarship is a program that provides South Palm Beach County High School students with four year scholarships to colleges and universities in the State of Florida public educational system.
Eda & I have been very involved in scholarship programs for college students at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University and wanted to target the best and brightest students in our own community who have a real need for financial assistance. We spent one year researching what a successful scholarship program looks like and found that one factor was to have a strong Mentoring Program as a key component. The research indicated that mentored college students have better academic performance and higher retention rates (rates of staying in school) than college students without mentors. Our mentors are trained and prepared to give young people the tools and support they need to deal effectively with personal and social pressures as well.