For a young person, losing a family member can be a devastating experience. However, losing multiple family members all at once is almost unthinkable. That’s what happened to Dexter Gardiner, who on July 9, 2006 lost six family members in a tragic car accident on the Bronx River Parkway.
Yet despite the loss, Dexter chose to use the tragedy as a way to help others who have experienced similar situations in losing beloved family members unexpectedly. Needless to say, for those left behind, especially children whose college education may suddenly be in doubt due to financial concerns, the world can suddenly seem very uncertain.
However, thanks to Dexter choosing to start the Gardiner Foundation, children in these unthinkable circumstances can rest easy, knowing they can receive financial help for their education. By teaming up with Jeff Korek and his partners here at the law firm of Gersowitz, Libo, and Korek, a scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded annually to as many as five deserving students. By doing so, we at Gersowitz, Libo, and Korek can do our part to help ease the financial burden a student’s family may have in trying to help them realize their dreams of higher education.
To help families in need, we at Gersowitz, Libo, and Korek work hand-in-hand with the Gardiner Foundation to sponsor a number of events. These include:
Whether helping more than 300 families win a free Thanksgiving meal or enjoying free entertainment, food and beverages, and exciting action on the basketball court, we at Gersowitz, Libo, and Korek take great pride in partnering with the Gardiner Foundation to help local families not only with financial and scholarship assistance, but also with help obtaining school supplies, spiritual mentoring, and burial assistance if needed.
By partnering with the Gardiner Foundation, we at Gersowitz, Libo, and Korek are more dedicated than ever to helping those in our community overcome tragedy and discover happiness and achievement in their lives. Because we are a personal injury firm that deals with family tragedies on a daily basis, we realize just how important financial resources can be to a family struggling with sudden loss. If your family is in need of attorneys who can help you with a personal injury claim, contact us here at Gersowitz, Libo, and Korek for a free consultation, and let us help you get the financial compensation you and your family need and deserve.
Once we and the Gardiner Foundation have looked over all the applications and determined those we feel are the most deserving, the winning students and their families will be contacted. And when it comes time to award the scholarships, the ceremony will be held at the Gardiner Foundation Basketball Classic at St. James Park in late August. Always a very rewarding and emotional event, the scholarship ceremony is our way of not only recognizing the students and their families, but also having an opportunity to express our thoughts regarding the courage shown by each family.
Students must meet the following requirements in order to qualify for these scholarships:
How to Apply: Please attached the items listed above and complete the following application form.
Last date of applying: July 15 each year for that years scholarship. All applications submitted after July 5 will be considered for the following year.
Award date: The scholarships will be awarded at the Gardiner Foundation Basketball Classic in St James park in late August each year.
Amount: $1,500 each to 4 or 5 recipients yearly.