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SCF Foundation Hosted its Largest Scholarship Luncheon Oct. 8

(Bradenton, Fla., October 21, 2014) — More than 300 VIPs, benefactors, special guests and students attended the largest scholarship luncheon in the State College of Florida Foundation’s (SCFF) history Oct. 8 at Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton.

In 2014, the SCF Foundation awarded scholarships to 538 students, which was a 14 percent increase over last year. The foundation has hosted a scholarship luncheon for the past 14 years to thank benefactors for their support of SCF students.

Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the SCF Foundation, recognized this year’s benefactors for their generosity in providing funds for student scholarships.

“The growing number of benefactors who have attended our scholarship luncheon reflects the wonderful participation and responsiveness of our community. This is philanthropy in its truest sense,” Holmes said.

SCF student speaker Christopher Stough, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, shared his story of overcoming challenges in his life. After making a promise to his mother to finish college, he found a new direction for his life at SCF.

“When I came to SCF, I found a path of hope and an opportunity for a better life. I am deeply grateful to SCF staff and faculty who have been a support and inspiration to me,” he said.

Stough received the Helena Ruth Hall Scholarship and plans to complete a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security at SCF and later pursue a master’s degree.

As past president of the SCF Venice chapter of the Student Veterans of America, Stough has already begun to pay it forward by creating the Veterans Scholarship Fund through the SCF Foundation.

SCF student Ashley Eickelmann served as the mistress of ceremonies. Eickelmann is a “gap student” who holds several jobs that disqualify her for financial aid but don’t provide enough to cover her costs for college. She received the Keith E. Tucker Scholarship and plans to become a pediatric nurse.

This year’s successful scholarship luncheon was made possible by presidential sponsors, Suncoast Credit Union and Synovus Bank, and honors sponsor, 1st Manatee Bank.

Suncoast Credit Union has been a proud sponsor of the SCF Foundation Scholarship Luncheon for the past 14 years.

"We believe that if one student succeeds, the entire community succeeds," said Cindy Helton, executive director of Suncoast Credit Union Foundation & Community Relations. "By aligning with State College of Florida, our Foundation is able to extend its mission of promoting the education, health and emotional well-being of children in our communities." 

Donice Dawson, senior vice president/regional retail manager at Synovus Bank, said, “Synovus Bank has become a new sponsor of the SCF Foundation Scholarship Luncheon as part of the mission of our community outreach program, REACH, to support higher education and strengthen the area’s workforce.” 

 

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