Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Announces the C. Bette Wimbish Memorial Art Scholarship

At the end of the month, our firm will be awarding our first annual C. Bette Wimbish Memorial Art Scholarship scholarships to three high school students in Pinellas County. This scholarship, in conjunction with Black History Month, honors of the life and legacy of C. Bette Wimbish.

The Legacy of C. Bette Wimbish

Bette Wimbish, who was born in 1924, was a lifelong Floridian. She graduated from Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg and received her bachelor’s degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Florida’s only historically black university. In 1960, she ran for the Pinellas County Board of Public Instruction. Her platform centered on improving and desegregating Pinellas Schools. Though she didn’t win, she received a substantial amount of votes. She was also the first black woman to run for a countywide political office in Pinellas. She and her husband also participated in sit-ins and other protests, and were known for opening up their home to black artists, musicians, and athletes who were turned away from hotels or housing due to segregation laws.

After receiving her law degree from FAMU’s law school, she returned to work at a St. Petersburg family law firm. She was the first black female attorney in Pinellas, and only the third black female attorney in the entire state. Later, she was also elected to city council and eventually became vice-mayor. In the areas of law and politics, Attorney Wimbish was a true trailblazer in Pinellas County and Tampa Bay.

Introducing the C. Bette Wimbish Memorial Art Scholarship

To find recipients deserving of our first ever  C. Bette Wimbish Memorial Art Scholarship, we encouraged high school students at Gibbs High School and the Pinellas County Center for the Arts to submit artwork, in any medium, that is related to or inspired by Black History Month. Pieces that incorporate St. Petersburg and the legacy of C. Bette Wimbish receive special consideration.

The artwork will be on display at our Clearwater office from February 21st until February 28th. The artwork will also be on our Facebook page. The winners will be announced on February 28th, and the prizes will be given out in early March. The awards are $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place.

We are very excited to see the artwork these students create in celebration of Black History Month, and hope that their embrace the opportunity to learn more about the political activism and legal accomplishments of C. Bette Wimbish. To see the artwork and learn about the winners, stay tuned our Facebook page, where we will be posting updates about this exciting scholarship.


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