Florida College will award the first scholarships funded by credit cards from Suncoast Credit Union this fall. Students will receive a total of $8,000 in scholarships from the college’s affinity credit card program.

According to Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations, the outstanding support of alumni and friends using these credit cards made it possible to raise enough funds to start awarding scholarships to deserving students.

“The Florida College credit cards offered by Suncoast Credit Union provide another opportunity for alumni and friends of the college to support student scholarships,” Olson said. “It requires minimal effort, but with enough support, it generates a major impact.”

This fall, Florida College will begin annual distribution of $8,000 in scholarships from the credit card program. This year’s funds will be used to support high-achieving academic and athletic students as originally intended, but the function of the program is changing.

Moving forward, Florida College will be changing the program and the way future scholarship dollars are awarded. In order to provide the maximum amount of financial help to students, the two card accounts, both academic and athletic, will be merged into a single account. From now on, all money generated from both credit card styles from Suncoast Credit Union will be combined in one account to provide ongoing support to students. This modification will not require a new credit card or any other changes for card holders.

The money raised from the entire program will now be used to provide scholarships for the children of Florida College alumni or members of The Hutchinson Bell. As usage of the Suncoast credit card grows, the amount of annual scholarships will grow as well.

“This change to the program will allow us to help students more effectively,” Olson said. “It gives valuable scholarship dollars to children of the people who have diligently supported us throughout the years.”

Florida College is excited to announce this change, as it will greatly benefit students, alumni and members of The Hutchinson Bell. Visit floridacollege.edu/suncoast to sign up for your credit card today!