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(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Applications for more than $550,000 in scholarships are now available through the Broward Education Foundation (BEF) at The announcement comes at a time when students are submitting college applications, searching for financial aid and are in the process of hearing from prospective schools.

Students can attend college next fall with scholarships ranging from $500 to four-year tuitions. Deadline for applications is May 1.

Last year, 156 Broward County public high school students received more than $563,000 in scholarships. Over the last 28 years, more than 4,500 scholarships, totaling nearly $11 million, have been awarded through the partnership of the Broward Education Foundation, the School Board of Broward County, local universities and businesses to provide every student in the Broward County School System who has the desire to pursue a post-secondary education the opportunity to fulfill that dream.

“The Broward Education Foundation Scholarship Program was established to provide college and vocational scholarships to qualified public school graduates who have exhausted all avenues for financial aid and still fall short of resources to continue their education,” said CEO and President Thomas Severino. “These scholarships help so many of our students achieve the dream of higher education and enter our community as members of a robust work force and community members who are ready to extend a helping hand as others have done on their behalf.”

The scholarships are made possible by the generous support of companies, organizations and individual donors. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Claudette Lavoie at or by calling 954.754.321.2030. Donors are recognized at the Student Scholarship Ceremony in June.

About the Broward Education Foundation:

Established in 1983, the nonprofit Broward Education Foundation (BEF) aligns with Broward County Public Schools by providing support for innovative teaching to advance Pre K-12 achievement; critically needed educational materials for Title I school teachers and students, and scholarships for qualified high school seniors. Each year, the Foundation contributes more than $2 million to Broward County schools, serving as the catalyst for educational excellence.

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