History of Harriet Glasner

A founding member of this congregation, Harriet Glasner was devoted to the cause of justice.  She came to Palm Beach County in 1952 at a time of change here and across the country.  She was a trailblazer In Palm Beach County, advocating for civil rights, women’s rights, reproductive justice and human rights.  She used her time and treasure to work toward desegregation of Palm Beach County schools, public parks and beaches throughout the 1950’s.  She founded or supported many local organizations, including, Planned Parenthood, Emergency Medical Assistance, the Palm Beach County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Palm Beach County Funeral Society, the Florida Council of Human Relations, and the Association of Religious Organizations.  She was a humanitarian in words and actions and the embodiment of our Unitarian Universalist faith and values.  Ms. Glasner was born in 1905 and  died in 2002.

In 2014, a member of our congregation generously funded a scholarship in her name to benefit local high school graduation seniors who plan to attend college or a trade school and have demonstrated involvement in social justice in their communities.  For the past six years the fund has provided scholarships to students who actively serve their communities in working toward social justice.

Eligibility for an Harriet Glasner Social Justice (HGSJ) Scholarship

Students who are eligible to apply will have:

  • Demonstrated involvement in local community justice work
  • Completed an application to the college or trade school
  • Articulated a plan for the path they have chosen
  • Received a letter of recommendation from a teacher or community leader
  • Completed the requirements as stated on the HGSJ Scholarship application

Administration of the Fund

The Congregation’s Justice Action Ministry Committee (JAM) established a four or five person team to administer the Scholarship Fund.  The HGSJS Board for 2020-2021 includes Sylvia Ansay, Sam Irwin, Sadiqa Johnson, Bob Burns, Nickie Albert and Carren Hausser.  The Minister of the congregation and the JAM chairperson participate as ex-officio members of the team. Information for the scholarship, including application forms and letters of recommendation, are made available through this website or through high schools and community organizations in early to mid January.  Completed applications must be returned to the Scholarship Committee prior to their March deadline via either mail or electronically.  The Committee maintains the right not to consider applications made after the deadline stated on the application.  Awards will be announced in early May. Exact dates for application, receipt of awards, and award ceremonies will be included on the applications.  Scholarship recipients will be honored by the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation at a special award ceremony later in May.  Recipients are expected to attend the ceremony.

For more information, please contact:

Justice Action Committee
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches
635 Prosperity Farms Road
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

OR by email to

admin@1stUUPB.org using a subject line JAM Scholarship Fund

A copy of the application is available for download at the link below.

Download the 2018 Application