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Wendell Williams (middle), emeritus board member for the Florida College System Foundation (FCSF), presented a $15,277 check to Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, SFSC president, on behalf of the Florida College System Foundation for endowed scholarships from Florida Blue, Helios Education Foundation, and Bank of America.

Wendell Williams (middle), emeritus board member for the Florida College System Foundation (FCSF), presented a $15,277 check to Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, SFSC president, on behalf of the Florida College System Foundation for endowed scholarships from Florida Blue, Helios Education Foundation, and Bank of America.
Pictured from left: Don Appelquist, executive director, SFSC Foundation, Inc.; Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, SFSC president; Wendell Williams, emeritus board member, FCSF; and Violeta Salud, board member, FCSF.

Students at South Florida State College will benefit from nearly $15,500 in scholarships thanks to the Florida College System Foundation. The foundation recruits gifts and donations from national and statewide groups and disburses them among the 28 Florida community and state colleges.

South Florida State College’s (SFSC) allocation from the foundation was $8,278 from Florida Blue for nursing and allied health scholarships, $2,840 from Helios Education Foundation for first-generation scholarships, and $4,159 from Bank of America for first-generation students.

“The Florida College System Foundation has been contributing scholarship dollars to our college since 1999,” said Don Appelquist, executive director, SFSC Foundation, Inc.  “We’ve been able to match many of these gifts with local contributions, and hundreds of needy and deserving students have benefited.”

Scholarships for students in nursing and allied health fields have been provided by endowed funds from Florida Blue since 2006. These programs are among the most expensive degrees for students to pursue given the costs of laboratory courses, books, national board exam fees, uniform fees, and equipment. Scholarships will provide the community with more nurses and allied health professionals meeting critical workforce needs.

“We are so blessed to have a community that loves SFSC,” said Wendall Williams, former SFSC trustee and founding member of the Florida College System Foundation. “The people in our community really deserve credit. What a difference the college has made in the life of these students. SFSC has been one of the best things to ever happen to this district.”

Funds for first-generation student scholarships were provided by endowments from Bank of America and the Helios Education Foundation. First-generation students often face unique challenges, including less academic preparation, limited access to information about the college experience, and lack of support. Scholarships can help alleviate financial struggles for many of these students. SFSC has received scholarship funds from Helios Education Foundation since 2007 and from Bank of America since 2001.

“The Florida College System Foundation’s endowed scholarships help make a difference in the lives of thousands of students across the state,” said Dr. Thomas E. Furlong, Jr., chairman of the foundation’s board of directors. “We are proud to support first-generation college students as well as students in the nursing and allied-health fields.”

The Bank of America Dream Makers Scholarship and the Helios Education Foundation First Generation Scholars Program scholarship are awarded to students who meet the eligibility requirements as a first generation in college student. Students must also be in good standing with the college and must submit a copy of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application along with the scholarship application. Students can apply to these scholarships through an online application provided on SFSC’s website.

“The aim is for every student to go to college,” said Violeta Salud, member of the board of directors for the Florida College System Foundation. “Few people know what goes into the process of raising funds. I’m extremely impressed with the Florida College System, and it’s a pleasure to give these checks to SFSC.”

The Helios Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on improving student success and creating postsecondary educational opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida.

The SFSC Foundation, Inc. serves as an auxiliary to South Florida State College, affording it the ability to raise funds in support of the college’s mission of educating tomorrow’s leaders and workforce. The SFSC Foundation manages more than 100 endowed scholarships, raises funds to support academic programs at SFSC’s four campuses, and organizes community-focused events that highlight the Heartland’s sole public college.

The SFSC Foundation Inc. accepts contributions in the form of cash donations, check, or credit card. Donors’ generous, tax-deductible contributions directly support students and educators, while helping ensure the continued growth of the college.

To learn more about monetary gifts to SFSC, contact Appelquist at 863-784-7181 or visit http://www.southflorida.edu/foundation/. For more information or to apply for these scholarships, visit SFSC’s Financial Aid Office or call 863-784-7254.

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