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2018 Shining Through Shadows

Resilient Spirit Scholarship Award 

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Introduction of Shining Through Shadows

Melbourne Beach, FL  September 15, 2012

by Kimberly Stark

My daddy was my hero.

Growing up, I was proud

to share him with so many people

who needed his help.After his tragic

accident on September 3rd 2011,

we spent our 11 last days together

on the SICU. Love and prayers filled

the room, but my daddy lay silent

as machines breathed for him.

 In those quiet moments, secluded and separated from our normally busy days, a vision came to me on how to bring back my daddy’s voice and give a renewed life to his beautiful giving spirit that was now silently sleeping. 

It was during those difficult  11 days and nights that I began to see my vision- a way for all the good he had done and still needed to be done continue on.  I decided  right then and there, at his bedside,  to create a nonprofit foundation that would carry on what he was so passionate about - helping people in need. 

 Instead of letting the darkness of the shadow that tragedy cast over our family overwhelm me, I felt him guide me to step out from under the darkness and step into the light instead. 

Now, one year later, Shining Through Shadows, Inc. has been created, and will help other people do just that! 

A few years ago, my dad was inspired and recited this very meaningful quote to his mother one day and told her to write it down for him. It says it all… 

“When we lend our energy to uplift another in any way, we improve our own lives while making the world a better place for all of us.”  Seth T. Stark

I am so proud to honor my father, Seth Thomas Stark, by creating Shining Through Shadows as a permanent tribute to the love he shared with me, my family, his community, and anyone who crossed his life path and needed his help.



We accomplished our mission plan for 2014 to set up our first targeted "Shining Through Shadows Resilient Spirit Scholarship" available for graduates from the South Area Adult Education Center in Melbourne, FL. This scholarship was listed in the Brevard Schools Foundation scholarship opportunities booklet that was published and distributed in February 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

This scholarship benefits an applicant who completes the requirements for their high school diploma at South Area Adult Education Center and plans to continue their education. We are looking for applicants who show a "shining through shadows" resiliency and persevere to accomplish their goals in education despite circumstances that placed an obstacle on their life's path to overcome. The scholarship is available for college courses, books and fees,  or technical classes that result in a certification. This scholarship has the potential to be reoccurring for college credit and advanced education when the established criteria is met.


Gi'Anna with her son

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Update on our 2017 STS Resilient Spirit Scholarship Recipient- Gi'Anna Killian

We are pleased that we have been able to continue to assist Gi'Anna as she continues to take courses at Eastern Florida State College to pursue a career as a Paralegal. In addition to the two $500 scholarships for her Fall and Winter semesters, Shining Through Shadows was able to purchase her textbooks for her Spring and Summer classes in 2018, It was great to see Gi'Anna this past summer and give her a STS teeshirt to wear as her resilient spirit continues to shine.

Helping Resilient Spirits Shine

​​“When we lend our energy to uplift another in any way, we improve our own lives while making the world a better place for all of us.”  Seth T. Stark

This foundation raises funds to provide local scholarships and grants to benefit people who have experienced  a significant loss or change in life circumstances, but were  able to demonstrate a  “Shining Through Shadows” resiliency to overcome the obstacles and rippling effects the event caused in their life.

  • ​Our financial goal for 2019 is to raise $3,000.

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Shining Through Shadows, Inc.
P.O. Box 510297
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 

Registration # CH40030


1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352)