Scholarship Programs

The Morris and Rhoda Wernick Community Scholarship

student graduating One of the primary programs of Pass It On is to provide assistance to deserving students from Broward County to pursue their dreams of attending the University of Florida. The intent is to enrich the college experience and ease the financial burden for a student who might otherwise need to work many hours to make ends meet. This scholarship is an investment in future leaders who are committed to overcoming obstacles, to achieving academic success, and to serving their community with thoughtfulness and care.

student raising hand The Morris and Rhoda Wernick Community Scholarship is open to high school graduates in Broward County who have been accepted to and are committed to attending the University of Florida. This is a renewable scholarship for a matriculating undergraduate student who has gone above and beyond to assist others in the community, and excelled in school despite limited financial means.

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Broward County High School graduate within the past five years
  • Financial need
  • Record of Service to the Community
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 (unweighted)
  • Minimum SAT of 1100
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 24

Requirements of the Scholarship Recipient:

To remain in good standing during the Scholarship award period, the Recipient is required to be enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Florida, maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA. Other Scholarship requirements include maintaining regular contact with the Scholarship Committee of Pass It On, participating in volunteer activities, and attending Pass It On events.

A completed Scholarship Application Form along with the Scholarship Application Checklist should be submitted to:

Pass It On
9204 NW 2nd Street
Coral Springs, FL 33071

Application Timeline:

April 1, 2014 – Deadline for Applications. All application materials must be postmarked by this date.

Scholarship Finalists must be interviewed to be considered for the Scholarship Award.

May 2014 – Scholarship is awarded.

For further information please contact

PIO Partners with Broward College

PIO Partners with Broward CollegeOne of PIO’s main programs has been our Morris and Rhoda Wernick Community Scholarship for a Broward high school graduate who is attending the University of Florida. We have been quite pleased with the process, our applicants and our scholarship recipients. However, we have also felt that the scope of this scholarship is somewhat limited.

As a result, PIO has entered into a partnership with Broward College (BC) which allows us to expand our scope to assist students locally. This partnership will also enable us to combine objectives while retaining the key components of our scholarship goals. Specifically, our BC Scholarships will allow PIO to award renewable scholarships (2 or 4 years) to deserving students from Broward who will attend college locally. Criteria, application process and requirements will be similar to our existing scholarships – academic achievement, financial need, and a record of giving to the community. By partnering with BC, these scholarships will be more accessible to one of our target populations – youth aging out of the foster system.

An additional benefit will be that specific scholarships can be sponsored by businesses or families. For businesses, their scholarship will allow them to partner with the PIO Scholarship Program while designating a scholarship named for their company. The business would also have the option, where appropriate, of offering internships and possibly job opportunities after graduation to the scholarship recipients.

Families can also establish a scholarship and name it. Extended families can pool resources to fund the scholarship to allow their loved one’s memory to continue to give back to the community. What a wonderful way for a family to honor a family member or loved one who cared about education and cared about helping others.

It is relatively easy and affordable to become a corporate or family sponsor for our BC scholarships. For additional information about the PIO BC Scholarship Program, please contact Robert Wernick at or call at (954) 263-1188.

Congratulations to Hadar Arazi,
Recipient of the 2012 Morris and Rhoda Wernick Scholarship

Scholarship Recipient Hadar Arazi graduated at the top of her class from Western High School where she took fifteen advanced placement classes and served as the captain of the swim team. In addition to earning various academic awards and distinctions at Western, Hadar also found time to perform a whopping 1,026 hours of community service! In particular, Hadar spent much of her high school career donating her time at the Chabad of Weston, where she worked as the cook and event coordinator, and the YMCA swim club, where she was the assistant swim coach.

Hadar looks forward to exploring a career in foreign service, and her long-term goal is to serve our country as an ambassador. We are excited to watch this young leader succeed, and we wish her tremendous success when she enrolls at the University of Florida this fall.

Congratulations to Trevor Strickland-Daycock and Nathalia Alzate,
2011 Morris and Rhoda Wernick Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship RecipientTrevor Strickland-Daycock graduated 3rd in his class from Hollywood Hills High School. He is a confident and highly motivated individual who is dedicated to helping others. In addition to his academic excellence, he believes “Volunteerism is an investment in one’s character” and has demonstrated this through his involvement with organizations such as Make-a-Wish Foundation and the SHAPE Club (Students Helping Achieve Philanthropic Excellence).

Scholorship RecipientNathalia Alzate was Valedictorian of her graduating class at McArthur High School. Not only is she an enthusiastic and dedicated student, but she is an exceptionally kind and well-rounded individual who says she always strives to be a "person of character.” She has proven this through her involvement with the Broward Outreach Center, volunteering as a mentor and youth soccer coach, co-founding her high school’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and many other selfless acts.

Pass It On is proud to award Trevor and Nathalia with the Morris and Rhoda Wernick Community Scholarship and are confident that they will both continue their success at the University of Florida this fall!

For more information about Trevor and Nathalia, please see the June Pass It On E-Newsletter.

Congratulations to Camila Escobar,
Recipient of the Inaugural Morris and Rhoda Wernick Scholarship

Scholarship RecipientOut of a field of 35 highly qualified applicants, Camila Escobar was selected for her true dedication to the community. She is the first recipient of the Morris and Rhoda Wernick Scholarship – a renewable scholarship to a deserving University of Florida student. Camila is studying Full Time at the University of Florida and continuing to volunteer as an active and involved member of the community. We are proud of Camila’s accomplishments and her efforts to Pass It On to others.