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If you are applying to UM and feel you are a good candidate to be Coral Reef’s nominee for the AMAZING scholarship opportunity, please submit a paragraph/statement explaining why – concentrating on the highlighted features of the program belowPLEASE SUBMIT THIS INFO TO ME VIA EMAIL NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 10TH TO ALLOW ENOUGH TIME TO SUBMIT THE NOMINATION AND FOR THE NOMINEE TO COMPLETE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS.

The George W. Jenkins Scholarship, funded by Publix Super Markets Charities, is one of the premier scholarships available to students at the University of Miami. This four-year scholarship is awarded based on academic merit, financial need, and an essay that demonstrates a history of overcoming significant adversity. The scholarship is valued at more than $62,000 per year; in total, it is worth more than $250,000 over four years. The award includes tuition and fees, on-campus room and board, a meal plan, University health insurance, and a laptop allowance Students may also receive a stipend for books, transportation,and personal expenses.

 The George W. Jenkins Scholarship program was established through the generosity of Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., and the University of Miami in honor of Publix founder George W. Jenkins. The scholarship is awarded to high school graduates from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with strong academic credentials, significant financial need, and a history of overcoming adversity. George W. Jenkins, founder of Publix Super Markets, came to Ybor City, FL, in 1925 with only $9 in his pocket. At age 17, he began his career as a broom pusher and store clerk at Piggly Wiggly Grocery. Jenkins quickly earned a promotion but was distraught when an absent owner purchased the store and refused to meet with him. A true self-starter, Jenkins bought a vacant space next door and opened the first Publix Food Store in 1930.  As Jenkins expanded his grocery chain, he maintained the belief that Publix stores should be places where “customers find it a pleasure to shop and employees find it a pleasure to work.” Today, Publix is the largest employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States, with over 1,000 stores – a testament to Jenkins’ strong work ethic and desire to achieve. It is these qualities the George W. Jenkins Scholarship program wishes to encourage and reward in today’s students.

Lou Gilman
CAP/College Advisor
Coral Reef  Senior High School
305-232-2044, ext 2151