Sunburst Foundation, Inc. was established to provide funds to minority students who will pursue a bachelor’s degree, with a major in the physical sciences, at an accredited college. The physical sciences are defined as engineering, computer science, chemistry, physics, biology, botany, mathematics, oceanography, geology, pre-dental, pre-medical, pre-veterinary, nursing, astronomy, ecological sciences, pharmacy or zoological majors.
Applicants must be current high-school seniors and must demonstrate financial need. The Foundation focuses primarily on providing scholarships to assist African-American students. Other minority students are welcome to apply; however, African-American applicants will receive preference in the awarding of scholarships. All applicants must be United States citizens or must show proof of immigration status that permits study in the United States. Each applicant’s academic record and test scores must indicate the ability to perform at the college level consistent with minimum academic standards.
The procedure for applying for a Sunburst scholarship depends upon the applicant’s high school, as described below.
Directly Participating High Schools
If the applicant attends one of the following directly participating high schools, application must be made through the school:
Atlantic Community High School
2455 W Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33445
Guidance Counselor/Careers: 561-243-1515
Blanche Ely High School
1201 NW 6th Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Guidance/BRACE* Advisor: 954-786-3621
Boca Raton Community High School
1501 NW 15th Court, Boca Raton, FL 33486
Guidance/College & Career Counselor: 561-338-1410
Boynton Beach Community High School
4975 Park Ridge Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33426
Guidance/Career Counselor: 561-752-1236
Deerfield Beach Community High School
910 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Guidance/BRACE* Advisor: 754-322-0724
Fort Lauderdale High School
1600 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Guidance/Career Counselor: 954-322-1100
Lake Worth Community High School
1701 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 33460
Guidance/Career Counselor: 561-533-6313
Olympic Heights Community High School
20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434
Guidance Counselor / Scholarships: 561-852-6915
Spanish River Community High School
5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton, FL 33496
Guidance / Career Counselor: 561-241-2210
West Boca Raton High School
12811 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33498
Guidance / Career Counselor: 561-672-2001
*(BRACE: Broward Advisor of Continuing Education)
If the applicant attends a public high in Palm Beach County or Martin County other than one of the directly participating high schools listed above, application must be made through the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc. While funding for scholarships awarded through the Community Foundation is provided by Sunburst Foundation, Inc., the Community Foundation independently administers and oversees the scholarship program.
The Community Foundation contact information is as follows:
Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc.
700 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Attention: Stephanie Mejias, Grants and Scholarships Administrator