A portion of your donation & proceeds will go to scholarships to Florida Keys community members who need assistance with education, business, and professional training. This past year, we provided scholarships through the Upper Keys Business and Professional Women Organization (BPW) and Coral Shores High School, where Holly graduated, supporting Ladies atheltics through the Upper Keys Foundation.
Making a difference
Domestic Abuse Shelter of the Florida Keys
The Holly Given Fund has donated $75,000 to the Domestic Abuse Shelter of the Florida Keys, thanks to proceeds from the Fish for Holly Sailfish Tournaments. The shelter has an office in Key Largo, a house in Key West, and a house in Marathon is being built after Hurricane Irma destroyed the previous one. The new house in Marathon will have an Outreach Suite in Holly’s name. The Shelter is currently in need of additional funding to complete the Marathon shelter.
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Emily is a Key Largo native who graduated from CSHS. She is currently enrolled in the Marine Environmental Technology Program at CFK pursuing an Associates in Science degree. Once completed, her goal is to work with environmental restoration programs to positively impact our local ecology. She has requested assistance to pursue her goals.
2021-22 recipient of a Holly Given Fund scholarship. After growing up in the Florida Keys, Kyia was accepted to the University of Miami and earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Physics. She then worked at Ocean Reef and Plantation Key Schools and decided to pursue a Master’s in STEM education. Kyia requested a scholarship to complete her program with American College of Education by May 2022. She’s currently a lead instructor at a math learning center and hopes to one day be a director of educational programs at a science museum.
2020-21 recipient of a Holly Given Fund scholarship.
Lexi graduated from Coral Shores High School as a stand out student athlete, earning county player of year in basketball and all county and conference team in softball. Lexi is attending Florida Southwestern University and pursuing a BSN in Nursing. She requested a scholarship to assist with college expenses.
2020-21 recipient of a Holly Given Fund scholarship. Michelle graduated from Coral Shores High School with a 4.25 GPA and is currently enrolled at Florida International University. After traveling to Japan, she developed an interest in international studies and is currently pursuing a business degree. Michelle requested a scholarship to help with educational expenses.
2021 Scholarship recipient in partnership with Business & Professional Women of the Upper Keys, third from left in photo. Lauren, after growing up in the Upper Keys, received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Florida Gulf Coast University. While working at the Good Health Clinic in Tavernier, Lauren decided to pursue a career as a Physician’s Assistant. She is enrolled in a 27 month concurrent program with Miami-Dade College’s Physician Assistant program and Nova Southeastern University’s Master’s of Health Science. Lauren requested a scholarship to help with supplies & textbooks to complete the program.
2020 Scholarship recipient in partnership with Business & Professional Women of the Upper Keys. Gabriella is a registered nurse and works full-time for the Baptist Health system at Marathon & Tavernier hospitals. While working on the frontlines of the pandemic, Gabriella was a full-time student in RN-BSN studies and requested a scholarship to complete the program. She graduated in December 2020 and hopes to soon pursue her Master’s degree to become a Nurse Practitioner
2020 Scholarship recipient in partnership with Business & Professional Women of the Upper Keys. Devin, a conch(born in Key West), grew up in Key Largo. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from Florida State University. Devin holds a Senior Planner position with the county Environmental Resources Department. To further her career, she requested a scholarship for her Master’s in Public Administration, which she completed in 2021.
2020 Scholarship recipient in partnership with Business & Professional Women of the Upper Keys. Alana has a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Care Administration and a Master’s in Health and Wellness. After realizing a need in her community, Alana became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and has been serving breastfeeding women in the Upper Keys since! During the pandemic, Alana needed to go digital and requested a scholarship for online software and an Ipad for consultations.
2019 recipient of a Holly Given Fund scholarship. Crystal graduated from high school in the Florida Keys, after moving from Minnesota. She requested a scholarship to complete her real estate studies and licensing. Crystal now holds her Florida Real Estate license and works for a local real estate broker in home sales & property management.
2019 Scholarship recipient in partnership with Business & Professional Women of the Upper Keys, left in photo. Priscilla is a Florida Keys native. After high school, she joined the Army and served for 5 years, achieving the rank of sergeant. She then earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education and taught school locally. Desiring a change of careers, Priscilla requested the scholarship to help pay for her textbooks in the College of the Florida Keys nursing program.
2019 Scholarship recipient in partnership with Business & Professional Women of the Upper Keys. Anouk moved to the Florida Keys from France at 14 and started high school not speaking English. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science. Anouk requested a scholarship to complete an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from The College of the Florida Keys and graduated in May 2020.
2018 Scholarship recipient in partnership with Business & Professional Women of the Upper Keys, second from right in photo. Dannon, after growing up in the Upper Keys, received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. She requested a scholarship to complete her Master’s degree in Nursing and follow in her family’s medical footsteps.
2018 Scholarship recipient in partnership with Business & Professional Women of the Upper Keys, right in photo. Brandy was a student and is now a teacher at Plantation Key School in Tavernier. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from University of Central Florida. Brandy requested a scholarship to complete her Master’s degree from American College of Education in Classroom Instruction & Management. She hopes to use her experience to play an active role in education reform. Brandy completed her Master’s in 2019.
Making a difference.
The Holly Given Fund
The Holly Given Fund is a 501-3(c) non-profit honoring Holly Given’s memory by helping others in the community. The proceeds from this tournament and all donations will provide scholarships and training to Florida Keys community members who need assistance with education, business, and professional training. Your generosity will honor Holly’s memory and help people in the community she loved.
We’re happy to accept questions, comments and applications for the Holly Given Fund Scholarship.
Holly Given Fund
P.O. Box 9691
Tavernier, Florida 33070
Tax ID 82-3858469