Florida College will direct all gifts made on #GivingTuesday to the Scholarship Partner Fund, providing students with scholarships in academics, athletics, fine arts and more. The Scholarship Partner Fund is the best way to support high-achieving students at Florida College, according to acting chief advancement officer, Martin Adams.
“The focus of #GivingTuesday is about people helping people, and our people are our students,” Adams said. “If we don’t serve our students, we aren’t serving who we need to be serving.”
One of Florida College’s biggest areas of need is scholarships for students. As Florida College tries to compete with other public and private institutions of higher learning, the amount of scholarship dollars the school has to offer is of tremendous importance. Paul Casebolt, director of admissions and retention services, recognizes the value of scholarships in the recruitment process.
“Generally speaking, paying for college is something people are very concerned about,” Casebolt said. “The ability of Florida College to offer competitive scholarships, whether we are talking about academic scholarships, music scholarships, or athletic scholarships, is going to be very important to us moving forward.”
High-achieving students like Hannah Henderson, a senior in Florida College’s liberal studies program, understand the value of academic scholarships when pursuing a college education. Henderson is able to focus on the opportunities available to her at Florida College because she isn’t worried about the cost of attendance.
“Academic scholarships made it possible for me to come to Florida College and focus on my academics,” Henderson said. “My scholarship took all of the financial stress off me, allowing me to spend all of my time taking advantage of all of the educational opportunities that Florida College has to offer.”
#GivingTuesday also offers Florida College students a chance to give back to one another and the local community in Temple Terrace, Florida. While Florida College alumni and friends across the nation are making gifts to support student scholarships, students are organizing their own ways to serve others with their time and energy.
“We emphasize with our students learning, living and leading His way,” Adams said. “Really, what that means is learning to serve, and #GivingTuesday is a perfect learning opportunity.”
As a part of #GivingTuesday, Henderson is coordinating a clothing drive in her residence hall, Hinely Hall, along with some of her friends. The women plan to donate the clothing to Metropolitan Ministries for people in need. Living in a residence hall together has allowed Hannah and her friends to become like a family, and they are excited about the opportunity to serve others together.
“The more time you spend with people, the closer you get to them,” Henderson said. “You see the people who are in your dorm or on your floor more often. You go to their rooms to hang out, and you grow closer.”
Scholarships provided by the Scholarship Partner Fund allow students like Henderson to enjoy a Florida College experience and prepare for lives of service to God and man.
“The opportunities created by donating to the Scholarship Partner Fund are really ensuring the next generation of students at Florida College will get the kind of education we offer, preparing them to serve in all aspects of life,” Casebolt said.
Join the #GivingTuesday movement with Florida College and make a gift to the Scholarship Partner Fund at floridacollege.edu/givingtuesday on Tuesday, Nov. 29!