Chamber Foundation

The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a private non-profit foundation, affiliated with the Chamber to oversee the endowment established through a donation by John C. Giba. The Board of Directors of the Foundation receives and administers funds for educational purposes. Through the John C. Giba Student Leadership Awards, selected high school seniors within the Palm Beach North Chamber’s service area are encouraged, recognized and rewarded for their holistic leadership qualities through outstanding scholastic excellence, community service and extra-curricular activities. The applications will be available starting in January of 2019. The students are selected in early April by the Foundation’s Board and the money for the gifts shall be derived from the endowment. 

2019 John C. Giba Student Leadership Application

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The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce Foundation Student Leadership Award Program exists to encourage, recognize and reward selected area High School seniors who have demonstrated strong leadership potential through a combination of academic excellence, community service, and extra-curricular activities. The Chamber Foundation recognizes these students at the Annual Education Awards membership breakfast with a plaque and a monetary gift. Money for the gifts is derived from the income of an Endowment Program established under the Chamber Foundation, a private non-profit foundation.

John C. Giba, a Jupiter-Tequesta businessman, believed in the importance of student leadership through education. The Chamber Foundation was formed to oversee the endowment established by Mr. Giba’s donation, and is committed to investing in the educational future of our youth.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Recipients of the Student Leadership Awards must:

  • Reside in or attend school in one of the municipalities served by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce: Mangonia Park, Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Shores, Lake Park, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach, Jupiter Inlet Colony
  • Be a senior in high school
  • Complete and submit an application signed by his/her School Principal

Five (5) recipients will be selected. One (1) recipient will receive a $3,000 award. Four (4) additional recipients will each receive a $1,500 award. Recipients will be selected using the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated leadership experience that significantly impacts his/her school and/or community.
    Outstanding academic excellence (minimum 3.0 high school grade point average (GPA))
  2. Evidence of significant community service done during the high school career
  3. Involvement in school-based or community extra-curricular activities that demonstrate leadership qualities.

TIMELINE
Friday, March 29, 2019 by 5 PM: Applications DUE
Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 12, 2019: Applications are reviewed
Monday, April 15 – Monday, April 22, 2019: Finalists interviewed by committee
Monday, April 29, 2019: Recipients are notified
Wednesday, May 15, 2019: Annual Education Awards breakfast (recipients recognized)

Applications may be emailed to Whitney West at whitney@pbnchamber.com.

Recent Activity

In 2018, in addition to successfully awarding Leadership Awards to five local students, the Foundation in conjunction with the Chamber honored 35 Teachers of The Year from local and public schools.

Foundation President

Sal Faso
North County Neighborhood Coalition
salfaso@comcast.net

Board of Directors

Phillip D’Amico
Principal
Watson B. Duncan Middle School

Sal Faso
President
North County Neighborhood Coalition

Bob Goldfarb
Personal Styling Concierge
Bob Goldfarb Custom Clothing

Beth Kigel
President and CEO
Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce

Stephanie Mitrione
External Affairs Manager
Florida Power & Light Company 

Rick Murrell
SVP, Managing Director
Saltchuk 

Dr. Teeranai “Nong” Ovathanasin
Executive Director, Academic Operations Office
FAU – MacArthur Campus 

Ed Sabin
Chief Operating Officer
Southern Implants North America, Inc.

Meetings

Scheduled regularly by committee members.

Eligibility

Foundation Board of Directors membership is by invitation-only.

Staff Contact

Whitney West
Director of Programs & Operations
whitney@pbnchamber.com
(561) 748-3954