Daytona State Foundation receives donations for scholarships
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 23, 2014) – The Florida College System Foundation (FCSF) this week awarded the Daytona State College Foundation nearly $36,000 in scholarship funding aimed to help first-generation college students and those pursuing nursing or allied health careers. Part of the award was matched, bringing the total to nearly $50,000.
FCSF board member Larry Stewart presented the checks at the Wednesday, July 23, DSC Foundation Board of Directors meeting held in the Hosseini Center on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus.
“On behalf of the state foundation, we are glad to participate with you,” Stewart told board members. “As a community college graduate myself from way back when there were no foundations, thanks for what you do for students today. It really makes a difference.”
Among the guests at the event were past scholarship recipients like 25-year-old Nicole Woehr, who is pursuing an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene. Woehr echoed the sentiments of her fellow scholarship recipients in expressing gratitude for the financial assistance she was provided. “A lot of us have to pay for school out of pocket, so anything is greatly appreciated,” she said. “It’s nice to see that others recognize the work we put into our education, so thank you very much.”
The FCSF recruits gifts and donations from national and statewide groups for the benefit of Florida’s 28 state colleges. The monies donated this week to DSC come from three of the state foundation’s funds:
Florida Blue Scholarship
- Check Amount: $13,815
- The Florida Blue Scholarship was established through a $2.5 million gift from insurance company Florida Blue and equally matched by the state of Florida. The earnings from the $5 million endowment are awarded annually and distributed to Florida’s 28 state colleges.
- Florida Blue Scholarships are awarded to DSC nursing and health sciences students to help defray their college expenses.
- During Wednesday’s DSC Foundation board meeting, this scholarship donation was matched by Florida Hospital Memorial Systems. Debora Thomas, the hospital system’s chief financial officer and member of the DSC Foundation board, was on hand to announce the matching gift.
Helios Education Foundation First-Generation Scholars Scholarship
- Check Amount: $17,779
- This scholarship is awarded to first-generation college students, with preference given to students who are preparing for careers in education.
Dream Makers Scholarship
- Check Amount: $4,326
- This scholarship designated for first-generation college students was established through a $1 million gift from Bank of America that was equally matched by the state of Florida. The earnings from the endowment are awarded annually and equally distributed to Florida’s state colleges.
For more information on DSC Foundation scholarships, visit donate.daytonastate.edu/.
Photo Caption: Scholarship recipients joined college officials and donors at this week’s DSC Foundation Board meeting. From left are students Peter Campomanes and Nicole Woehr, Florida Hospital Memorial Systems Chief Financial Officer and DSC Foundation Board member Debora Thomas, FCSF Board member Larry Stewart, student Jasmine Marrero, DSC President Carol Eaton and DSC Foundation Executive Director Kay Burniston.
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 28,000 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 repeatedly earned recognition as a leader in higher education. Most recently, 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. Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, featured the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers and, for two years running, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Daytona State among the top 10in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
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