Kiwanis Club Breakfast Fundraiser Bolsters SCF Veterans Scholarship Fund

(Bradenton, Fla., November 26, 2014) — The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Veterans Scholarship Fund, established through the SCF Foundation, became fully endowed on Veterans Day, thanks to the generosity of the Sarasota and Venice Kiwanis Clubs, which hosted Veterans Day Breakfast events Nov. 11.

“We thank the Kiwanis Club for partnering with the SCF Foundation to raise funds for the Veterans Scholarship Fund and change the lives of SCF student-veterans,” said Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the SCF Foundation.

SCF Foundation scholarship funds are endowed at $25,000. The SCF Foundation Board of Directors gave approval to match donated funds up to $25,000. A remaining $8,000 in matching funds is available.

John Moore, a Sarasota attorney and president of the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota, said, “When we heard about the SCF Foundation’s goal of filling the gap in student-veterans’ needs through a scholarship fund, it was a natural fit because we’ve always had a heart for veterans, and we thank them for their service to our country.” 

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Christopher Stough, past president of the SCF Venice chapter of the Student Veterans of America, was the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota Veterans Day Breakfast.

Stough, who conceived the idea of a SCF Veterans Scholarship Fund through the SCF Foundation a year ago, expressed gratitude to the community for rallying behind the SCF Veterans Scholarship Fund.

“Today, the dream for an endowed veterans scholarship has been realized. Thank you for your generous donations and astounding support for student-veterans. This scholarship will enhance SCF’s amazing veterans program and bolster veterans’ educational opportunities,” Stough said. 

SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld also was a featured speaker at the Sarasota event, which included a full program saluting veterans from all branches of the U.S. military.  Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jack Carter was the keynote speaker.

The Kiwanis Club of Venice also hosted a Salute to Veterans Breakfast at the American Legion NO-VEL Post 159. Venice Campus Executive Officer Darlene Wedler-Johnson accepted a $1,000 check from Bob Moore, president of the Kiwanis Club of Venice, on behalf of the SCF Foundation for the SCF Veteran Scholarship Fund. Bill Graydon, SCF veterans benefits advisor, and Michelle Boyette, an SCF student who praised SCF’s veterans program, also were speakers at that event.

Bob Moore, a Venice attorney and former SCF Board of Trustee member, is a U.S. Army veteran who attended law school on the G.I. Bill. He knows firsthand how financial assistance can help veterans achieve their dreams.

“Scholarships help students by relieving a lot of pressure so that they can focus on attaining their education. We were pleased with the turnout of people in the community attending the breakfast in Venice,” he said.  

For more information about the new Veterans Scholarship Fund, call the SCF Foundation at 941-752-5390 or visit

Sarasota Kiwanis Club
Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the SCF Foundation; John Moore, Kiwanis
Club of Sarasota president; SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld; and U.S. Marine
Corps veteran and SCF student Christopher Stough.

Venice Kiwanis Club
Bob Moore, Kiwanis Club of Venice president; Darlene Wedler-Johnson, SCF Venice
campus executive officer; Bill Graydon, SCF veterans benefits advisor; and Michelle
Boyette, SCF student-veteran.



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