Nina Haven Circle of Scholars reception returns following COVID-19-induced hiatus

Event took place May 22 at Kane Center in Stuart; Judy Weber honored for many years of service

Since 1962, Nina Haven Scholarships have allowed Martin County students who may not have had the opportunity to go to college the chance to participate in this life-altering event.

2022 Nina Haven Scholarship recipients
2020-2021 Nina Haven Scholarship recipients

Each year, students selected based on their financial need and a proven record of academic excellence, maturity, grit, leadership and service are presented with their awards at a reception at the Kane Center in Stuart (2020 and 2021 were exceptions, due to COVID-19 constraints).

Tiffany Parrish, Nina Haven Scholarships board member. Photos by Liz McKinley

On May 22, this year’s Circle of Scholars added several new features.

In addition to honoring the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Nina Haven Scholarship recipients, the 12 Copper Key Promise Scholarship Kids were recognized. These youngsters are identified as potential Nina Haven recipients while they are still in middle school and nurtured by a consortium consisting of Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, Community Foundation of Martin-St. Lucie, House of Hope and Nina Haven Scholarship Foundation.

Judy Weber, Nina Haven Scholarships board member
Dr. Nicholas Brown, Nina Haven Scholarships board treasurer, Tom Weber and Judy Weber, Nina Haven Scholarships board member

The highlight of the day’s events was a tribute to Judy Weber, who more than anyone is the face of the nonprofit. Judy spent 26 years as Executive Director and/or board president at Nina Haven Scholarships and is still an active board member. A video tribute was created that highlighted her many contributions and years of commitment.

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Tracey Etelson, executive director of Nina Haven Scholarships
Pam Fogt, Nina Haven board president; and 2022 scholarship recipient Jake Flynn
Dr. Nicholas Brown, Nina Haven board treasurer, delivering keynote address to scholarship recipients.

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