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Patrick Brett Foundation offering ‘Fresh Start’ scholarships to those in need

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St. Petersburg scholarship donor, the Patrick Brett Foundation, is taking its next big step.

The upstart non-profit whose scholarship criteria focuses on an applicant’s character and financial need, announced plans for its 2017 “Fresh Start” scholarships. 

There are thousands of great scholarships out there for young people who get great grades, have tons of extra curricular activities on their resume, and are excelling in their journey,” reads the scholarships page at PatrickBrettFoundation.org. “They probably don’t need a fresh start. Unfortunately, there are a myriad of young people who wish and pray for a fresh start. They are stranded between finishing strong and collapsing in defeat. They are at a tipping point. They need a push over to the side of finishing strong. They need some saving grace. They need a fresh start. That will be the legacy of becoming a Patrick Brett Scholar.”

The foundation was started by Patrick’s family, but his peers and friends are who envisioned the Fresh Start scholarships. They were also the crafters of the organization’s mission: to “offer guidance, nurture ambition, promote leadership, and encourage positive change in the community, while honoring the selfless values of our friend, Patrick Brett.”

Patrick passed away following a car accident in 2005. He was a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Florida at the time, and a former member of the National Honor Society while at St. Petersburg’s Northside Christian School. He’d just gotten back from a semester-long U.N. internship at The Hague, in the Netherlands.

His dream was to be president of the United States.

He also would have been turning 30 this year. So, in his honor, the foundation is planning a “30-for-30 birthday bash campaign” aimed at raising money for the foundation’s Fresh Start scholarships.

The campaign will include a revamped social media presence, with the launch of the PBF’s new Facebook page and Instagram account.

There will also be an event to commemorate Patrick and celebrate the 30-for-30 efforts, in which the foundation is suggesting $30 dollar donations — hence the event’s name. It’ll be on Saturday, May 28th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 3 Daughters Brewing.   

“One of the most exciting parts of this journey [has been] watching this group of 35 young professionals take the ball and run,” said Terry Brett, co-founder of the organization, along with his wife, Kim Brett.

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Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for SaintPetersblog.com, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for FloridaBarTab.com. He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail devon@floridapolitics.com, or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

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