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. 

2020 John C. Giba Student Leadership Application

The 2020 application form will be provided in January 2020!

The Chamber’s Foundation Student Leadership Award Program aims to encourage, recognize and reward selected area High School seniors who have demonstrated leadership potential through a combination of academic excellence, community service, and extra-curricular activities. The Foundation recognizes students at the Annual Education Awards membership breakfast.  Awards are 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.


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 high school senior
  • Complete and submit an application signed by his/her School Principal

Five recipients will be selected.  One recipient will receive a $3,000 award.  Four additional recipients will each receive a $1,500 award.  Recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

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


January 3. 2020: Applications available online
Friday, March 27, 2020 by 5 p.m.: Applications DUE
Monday, March 30 – Friday, April 10, 2020: Applications are reviewed
Monday, April 13 – Monday, April 20, 2020: Finalists interviewed by committee
Monday, April 27, 2020: Recipients are notified
Wednesday, May 20, 2020: Education Awards breakfast (recipients recognized), Venue TBD

Applications may be emailed to Whitney West at

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

Board of Directors

Phillip D’Amico
Watson B. Duncan Middle School

Sal Faso
North County Neighborhood Coalition

Bob Goldfarb
Personal Styling Concierge
Bob Goldfarb Custom Clothing

Stephanie Mitrione
External Affairs Manager
Florida Power & Light Company 

Rick Murrell
SVP, Managing Director

Laura King
Vice President
First Citizens Bank

Noel Martinez
President & CEO
Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce


Scheduled regularly by committee members.


Foundation Board of Directors membership is by invitation-only.

Staff Contact

Whitney West
Senior Director of Programs & Operations
(561) 748-3954