DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ( April 18, 2014) – Dozens of Daytona State College Foundation scholarship recipients came face to face with their benefactors during a donor appreciation luncheon held April 14 at the college’s teaching eatery and kitchen, Café 101.
With food prepared by Daytona State culinary students, the affair was a chance for the scholarship recipients to personally express their thanks for the financial help they received to attend college.
Among them was Benarah Sanford, who earned her
Associate Degree in Nursing from Daytona State and is now pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, thanks to a DSC scholarship endowment established by Dr. William Schildecker and the Bert Fish Foundation.
As a trustee and donor, Schildecker and the Fish Foundation have donated millions to Daytona State and other organizations throughout the years in support of education and health care. They will be the honorees this year at the Daytona State College Foundation’s Sept. 18 annual gala.
Daytona State President Carol W. Eaton said the luncheon was an opportunity for donors to witness first-hand how their support of the Foundation touches lives. “We invited you to meet our scholarship recipients so that you can see for yourself, so you can actually gain an understanding from personally meeting and speaking with our students, just how great an impact your investment in their future will have,” she said.
Over the past 10 years, the DSC Foundation has awarded more than $7.5 million in scholarships, with nearly $1 million being awarded this year alone to almost 1,200 students. Scholarship awards are granted each semester. The Foundation is actively seeking to increase its donor base and scholarship resources in order to help more students defray the cost of their college education.
Schildecker and the Fish Foundation have established 11 individual scholarships through the DSC Foundation on behalf of Daytona State students pursuing degrees and certificates in a wide range of health care programs. The college’s Foundation has received nearly $3 million from them since 1984 for scholarships and program support.
For more about DSC Foundation Scholarships, visit http://donate.daytonastate.edu or call (386) 506-3195.
NOTE: Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College has responded to the education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 50 years. The college enrolls nearly 30,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including health care, emergency services, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology and more.
Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education a number of times in 2013. In June, the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Also in June, Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, featured the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers and, this past spring, U.S. News & World Report ranked Daytona State among the top in the nation – No. 2 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
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