John Giba Student Leadership Award Program


The John Giba Student Leadership Award Program awarded by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce Foundation exists to encourage, recognize and reward selected area High School seniors who have demonstrated strong leadership potential through a combination of scholastic 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.

The selection process will include an interview with the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Selection Sub-Committee. Several scholarships ranging from $1500 to $3000 will be awarded.

Due to the issues surrounding the Corona Virus and school closures,
we will be extending the Application due date to May 1, 2020.

Applications must be submitted to Whitney West at

Mail or deliver application to:
Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce
5520 PGA Boulevard, Suite 200, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 33418

The application, selection criteria and checklist can be found in the following documents:


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

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

PBNC Foundation