The scholarship was established to honor local attorney Chris Payer, a Foundation board member who tragically passed away in 2019. Payer was an ardent supporter of Central Florida youth athletics and education.
“Chris Payer was a great family man who loved sports and education,” said Dr. Schwartzberg, ”His values really embody what we’re all about here, and this scholarship honors his legacy.”
Natalie Green spoke about what receiving the scholarship means to her. She said, “First and foremost, I would like to thank my parents for always believing in me and supporting me in everything I do. Without them, none of this would be possible and I wouldn’t be half the person I am today. I would also like to thank my teacher and LMP’s Head Athletic Trainer, Ms. Bonnie Brewer. She inspired me to become an athletic trainer myself and encouraged me to apply for this scholarship. This award means a lot to me and it will make my dream more attainable, starting with my college tuition at LSU. Finally, thank you to Dr. Randy Schwartzberg and everyone at Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation for this incredible opportunity!”
Asha Harris also shared her thoughts about receiving the scholarship. She said, “Being awarded this scholarship means that the people who are usually overlooked are finally getting their chance to be recognized.”