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2021 AEL Family Foundation Scholarship

$5,000 Award Winner

Sofia Dupee

Yulee High School

Sofia is currently a senior at Yulee High School. In her application essay she quoted from Rupi Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers:

She writes, "My death will be grand/the land will crack." This line, for me, has the greatest meaning because it highlights how much I want to do something worth more than just my own while. I want to touch the lives of thousands of people across thousands of state lines and leave cracks in the land that I walk on."

Sofia currently works for the Fernandina Beach Fire Department in Ocean Rescue. She is leaning toward study to be a flight nurse or travel trauma nurse at Florida State College Jacksonville.. 

2020 AIBF Scholarship Winners

For 2020, the scholarship committee received a total of 34 applications. Two students were awarded these scholarships during a ceremony on Saturday, February 15.


Emily Vining, a Fernandina Beach High School senior, received the Christa Powell Walley Scholarship for $2,000. There were seven applicants for this scholarship, which is offered for students seeking college education in the communications or creative writing fields. In her writing sample, Vining noted noted “the historical power of ideas spread through education.” Vining will attend the University of Florida and plans to major in history to become a historical journalist.



Jeremiah Giedrys, also a Fernandina Beach High School senior, was selected out of 27 applicants for the $5,000 AEL Family Foundation Scholarship based on his essay responding to the question, “Why does education matter to you?" In his essay, Giedrys wrote: “I know that by striving to do my best in school, I can open up opportunities that my parents were not able to achieve, and show them that their sacrifices were worth it.” Giedrys will attend Florida State University.