- April 4, 2023
The Flagler County Education Foundation honored the county's senior scholarship winners from Flagler Palm Coast and Matanzas high schools on May 2 with a drive-by and surprise event.
Representatives from the two high schools, school district staff and local scholarship donors delivered yard signs with their scholarship packets to each recipient’s home.
The late Joe Rizzo, who was the executive director of the Ed Foundation, would have had some dust in his eye when the foundation awarded a football player, Benjamin Aurore from FPC, Rizzo's alma mater, with the Joe Rizzo Memorial Scholarship.
Aurore will playing play football next season at Emporia State in Kansas. For Joe, the foundation was about “making it happen for kids.”
Kobe Murphy was awarded the David Griffis Memorial Scholarship. Griffis passed away in March. He was a well-known coach in the school district, who taught Murphy's mother in elementary school.
Coach Griffis' daughter, Tiffany Fink, is a teacher at Old Kings Elementary School. Griffis' wife, Nancy Griffis, is a retired teacher who taught in Flagler Schools. They present the scholarship to Murphy during the drive-by and surprise event.
The Garden Club of Palm Coast awarded three scholarships totaling $8,000 to students with career ambitions in environmental health sciences.
The scholarships were awarded to Jessica Neal and Lilly Achins of FPC and Abby Amaturo of Matanzas.
The club’s scholarship funds were raised from club events during the year. The club’s biggest annual fund raiser is the Spring Festival and Plant Sale in April. For more information about the Garden Club, go to www.gardenclubatpalmcoast.org.