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Chelsea Morgan of Palm Harbor is the recipient of the 2013 Jimmy Whitehouse Scholarship Award presented by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections.

The award was announced at the FSASE annual conference this summer in Marco Island.

Only one $1,200 scholarship, named in memory of a former Highlands County supervisor of elections, is awarded each year.

Morgan, a senior at the University of Florida majoring in political science, was nominated by Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark for her academic achievements, commitment to work toward her educational and personal goals, and willingness to help others along the way. Clark also recognized Morgan's leadership qualities, positive attitude and passion for volunteering.

Clark waited until Morgan's summer internship with the State Department in Washington, D.C., ended before presenting her with a check and commemorative certificate Aug. 21 at the Election Service Center in Largo.

Morgan's experiences as a cancer survivor give her a unique perspective as a volunteer at Shands Hospital, where she works with pediatric cancer patients.

"I commend Chelsea for her many accomplishments, especially her volunteer service with pediatric cancer patients and her work with bone marrow donor registration," Clark said. "To register more than 1,800 people in the bone marrow database and to see the results of 10 life-saving matches is phenomenal."

Affirming Morgan's selection, Clark added, "We are honored for Chelsea to represent Pinellas County and to be selected from among all 67 counties in Florida."

Scholarship applicants are required to be junior or senior students in a Florida college, registered to vote, and majoring in political science, public administration, business administration, journalism or mass communications.

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At its state conference Aug. 16 in Clearwater, the Florida Community Development Association presented its Friend of Community Development Award to Pinellas County official Anthony Jones in recognition of his high level of service, excellence and outstanding leadership in the field of community development.

Jones was surprised to learn he had won the award.

"To receive this kind of recognition by one's peers is quite humbling," he said. "I'm inspired each day by the amazing dedication of our team to improve the communities we serve."

In his dual roles as director of community development for Pinellas County and executive director of the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County, Jones manages housing and neighborhood initiatives and oversees the annual distribution of up to $40 million in funding and bonding authority from federal, state and local sources. Under his leadership, Pinellas County's programs have won national awards.

He currently serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Florida Community Loan Fund and is chair of the lending committee.

"Anthony was a natural choice," said Michael Holmes, FCDA second vice president and housing manager with Clearwater, who recommended Jones for the award. "He has been instrumental in assisting Clearwater with our community development initiatives such as the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 Funds, Habitat for Humanity's Stevens Creek and Country Club Townhomes, just to name a few recent programs. The list of accomplishments goes on and on."

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