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Kallins Little Delgado Law Firm from Palmetto Florida held their eleventh annual scholarship banquet on May 6, 2016. Our Firm presented 10 Manatee County students scholarships totaling $15,000. Winners were chosen based not only on their academic achievements but also their community service, and extracurricular activities.
This year a new scholarship was added. The James “Tripp” Battle Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was added to honor James “Tripp” Battle. Battle was a pastor at Bayshore Baptist Church and the team chaplain for Bayshore High School Football Team. Battle was killed on December 4, 2014. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Monica C. Gilley of Bayshore High School.
Since 2006, the firm has given away more than $163,000 in scholarships to local students. Previously, individual lawyers gave money to different organizations or other groups to help provide student scholarships. Instead of going directly to the student, however, the money went to the registrar of finance at different schools. The partners then decided to start their own scholarship program which started with 5 recipients in 2006 and $5000 to 11 recipients in 2015 and “Why don’t we start doing our own event?” he said. “It’s not a lot but it’s something.”
The event has grown to include a reception, dinner and keynote speaker. He encouraged students to jump on every opportunity. The scholarship check now goes directly to students and it’s up to their discretion how to use the money whether for books, gas or furniture.
Named scholarships were also given in honor of Dr. Edward Kallins, father of law form partner Scott Kallins, and Andrea Peters, a former law firm employee who died of complications related to arthritis.
Edward S. Kallins Memorial: $1000 Victoria Carmen, Palmetto High School
James” Tripp” Battle Memorial: $1000 Ryan Davis, Bayshore High School
Andrea Peters Memorial: $1000 Jenna Gilley, Southeast High School
$3000 Scholarship: Priscilla Orena, Bradenton Christian
$2000 Scholarship: Esther Garcia, Braden River High School
$2000 Scholarship: Chase Richardson, Bayshore High School
$2000 Scholarship: Carolina Montes Zamora, Manatee High School
$1000 Scholarship: Gabrielle Jarmoszko, Manatee School for the Arts
$1000 Scholarship: Megan Stevens, Southeast High School
$1000 Scholarship: Mark Simat, Lakewood Ranch High School
$1000 Scholarship: Haley Waldo, Bradenton Christian High School
2006 – 2015: 102 scholarships totalling $148,000 given over 9 years.