History of Harriette Glasner

A founding member of this congregation, Harriette 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.  Since the fund was established, it has provided scholarships to students who actively serve their communities by working for social justice.

Eligibility for an Harriette 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 team to administer the Scholarship Fund.  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 received by the team prior to its annual deadline, which is normally in March.  Awards will be announced in early May.  Scholarship recipients will be honored by the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation at a special award ceremony later in May.  Recipients are invited to attend the ceremony.

Your Support Matters

Like any other fund, its resources are not perpetual.  It relies on financial support from people like you…people who want to empower these young students to continue their efforts to make the world a better place.  Please consider a donation to the fund or including the fund in your legacy giving plans.  Click here to learn how to make a donation.  Be sure to clarify that your donation is for the Scholarship Fund.  If you have questions about legacy giving, please use the contacts below.

For more information, please contact:

Harriette Glasner Social Justice Scholarship
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 Harriette Glasner Social Justice Scholarship

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


Download the Application