Palm Beach County’s Highest Academic Achieving Seniors Honored at Once-in-a-Lifetime Dinner at The Breakers Hotel

Annual Dinner

41st Annual Scholastic Achievement Foundation Dinner
April 16, 2019, The Breakers Hotel
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Dinner

WEST PALM BEACH – The Scholastic Achievement Foundation of Palm Beach County will honor our county’s highest academic achieving high school seniors at a special dinner on Tuesday, April 16. The foundation is seeking community and business support for the 41st annual event.

The annual dinner, founded in 1977 by Clifford E. Ripley – then an assistant superintendent for the School District of Palm Beach County – recognizes graduating seniors from Palm Beach County’s public, private and parochial schools. It is an opportunity for the county’s brightest scholars to be celebrated for their achievements at The Breakers Hotel.

Sponsorships for the 41st Annual dinner are available at all levels, and donations can be made online at Tickets to attend the dinner are also available for purchase at

There will be 185 students recognized at the 2019 dinner, which will be emceed by WPBF Channel 25 News Anchor Tiffany Kenney.

In addition to recognizing outstanding student achievement, select students receive scholarships during the event, including four-year, full-tuition scholarships to Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University and Palm Beach State College. In addition, selected students will receive $1,000 scholarships.

In the four decades that the Scholastic Achievement Foundation has hosted its annual celebration at The Breakers, more than 4,400 students have been recognized, and more than 360 students have received scholarships.

“The Scholastic Achievement Foundation is a once-in-a-lifetime event for these outstanding seniors, and celebrates their academic success,” said May Gamble, a retired educator and president of the Scholastic Achievement Foundation’s Board of Directors. “This is the 41st year that our Foundation has hosted this special dinner for our students, and we look forward to community support to help us continue this unique tradition for years to come.”

To support the Scholastic Achievement Foundation and its 2019 event, visit

Scholastic Achievement Foundation of Palm Beach County

In 1977, Clifford E. Ripley, then Palm Beach County Schools’ Assistant Superintendent, called together several key administrators from public, private and parochial schools, and proposed the idea of a dinner to recognize outstanding scholastic achievement in high school seniors throughout the county. The Scholastic Achievement Foundation was born!

The recognition took the form of an elegant dinner held in the Venetian Ballroom of the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, meant to give each student a memory to last a lifetime. In 2017, 186 students attended and were honored. In 2018, we were also honored to have Tiffany Kenney, News Anchor, Channel 25 News as our Mistress of Ceremonies.

The Foundation began presenting sponsored scholarships, in the amount of $1000 to selected students who attended the dinner. In addition, in 2018 we presented a four-year, full tuition scholarship to a student to each of the following universities: Lynn University, Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Palm Beach State College.

In 2019 we will be including a full tuition scholarship to FAMU.

For over 41 years the achievements of more than 4400 students have been recognized at our dinners with over 360 of these students receiving scholarships. Our continuing mission is to honor these outstanding scholars. We need your help to support these students as they attend the finest colleges and universities in the country, pursuing careers as leaders in fields as diverse and exciting as biomedical engineering and instrumental performance.


  • 2019 APR

    41st Annual Dinner

    2019 Scholastic Achievement Foundation Dinner, The Breakers Hotel, April 16, 2019

    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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