2021 AEL Family Foundation Scholarship


The Amelia Island Book Festival is pleased to announce college scholarship opportunities to the high school seniors of Nassau County annually.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior in good academic standing.

  • Planning to attend College or University in Fall 2021.

  • Seeking a degree in any field.

  • A citizen of the United States.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete online application at beginning Monday December 21, 2020.

  • Submit 2-page maximum report, double spaced, 15-point type font. 

  • Deadline of March 15, 2021 at 5pm.

Applications are now closed.

Winners to be announced soon!

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.