2020. The year when just about anything planned suddenly was canceled. From postponing the annual Florida College Lectures to sending the student body home at spring break, this year has been full of unexpected and unique challenges.
Florida College initiated The Falcon Fund because donors were asking how they could help students attend Florida College this fall. They knew students would need extra financial assistance this year because of the economic impact of the coronavirus. Parents had lost jobs, many Florida College summer camps were being canceled and these donors wanted to ensure students would still have a Florida College experience this fall.
From May 15 to August 7, donors chose one of three ways to direct their gift: the James R. Cope Adopt Program, Camp to Campus Fund or the General Fund.
For over 25 years, the James R. Cope Adopt Program has been matching students who dream of attending Florida College with donors who are willing to make an investment in their education. About 40% of the Florida College student body qualifies for the Adopt Program. Visit the Adopt webpage to learn more about the students in the program this year!
The Camp to Campus Fund honored our Florida College summer camps and the volunteers who make what is commonly referred to as “the best week of the year” possible. Only seven of the 22 summer camps met in person this year. Camp to Campus funds will be given to senior campers whose final camp experience has been affected, but whose years at camp will still culminate in a Florida College experience this fall.
The final way to donate was the General Fund. Even with this year’s challenges, progress must not halt. This fund contributed to the purchase of production equipment to better allow the college to connect with students, parents and alumni through this extraordinary year. Florida College will be live streaming chapel, all athletics events and other student focused events this year! Subscribe to the Florida College YouTube channel to be notified of these live events.
With 205 donors and over $342,000 raised, The Falcon Fund is proof that the Florida College family is excited for the next generation of Falcons.