Giving Back: Gulfstream Park Partners With Broward College On American Dream Scholarship

by | 02.07.2018 | 12:22pm
Robert Wilson (center) is one of two recipients of the Gulfstream Park American Dream Scholarships

Gulfstream Park has partnered with Broward College to award two South Florida students with the Gulfstream Park American Dream Scholarship.

The American Dream Scholarship helps students who are 75 percent toward degree completion, have a grade point average of 2.5 or greater, live in Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach County, work full or part time and have financial need, yet fall just outside of federal grant assistance.

American Dream Scholars commit to finishing their degrees within three semesters and maintaining their grade point average. To aid them in their efforts, the scholarship provides as much as $1,000 per semester for tuition and fees.

The two student recipients of the Gulfstream Park American Dream Scholarship are:

● Robert Francis Sims, Jr., who is getting his Associate Degree of Science in Technology Project Management

● Robert Wilson, who is getting his Bachelor's Degree in Applied Science in Technology Management

One American Dream Scholar told his benefactor: “Your scholarship has allowed me to stay in school. My mother became very sick and had to take a leave from her job. She had been helping me to pay for school. I was going to have to get a second job to help my mom and family. Things are tight, but the American Dream Scholarship allowed me to finish my degree. I always dreamed of being a teacher.”

Gulfstream Park's 79-year commitment to “giving back” to local and national communities, through philanthropic partnerships, donations and outreach programs, endures today at the local and national levels through many diverse community initiatives.

In the past year Gulfstream has held several events to raise awareness and funds for, among others, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care, His Place Ministries, Overtown Youth Center, Best Buddies and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and After The Impact. Gulfstream also recently set up a reading program at Ben Gamla Charter School and hosts a community outreach booth every Sunday.

“The Gulfstream Park American Dream Scholarship ensures one more student graduates with the qualifications necessary to be an important part of our community's workforce,” said Nancy Botero, Broward College's Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the Broward College Foundation. “I'm so happy Gulfstream Park has joined the many local businesses who support American Dream scholarships at Broward College and help our students soar.”

Gulfstream General Manager Bill Badgett said: “Gulfstream Park is honored to be part of the American Dream Scholarship at Broward College. Gulfstream and The Stronach Group has a long history of giving back. We're excited to continue our partnership with the Broward College Foundation as well as the students, who show great passion and determination to continue their education.”

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