Every Gift Has a Story and Leaves a Lasting Legacy!
At Pensacola State College, the Foundation manages more than 300 scholarships that have been privately funded as a legacy that donors have helped create. Through these scholarships, donors have supported the passions and interests of students who apply for financial assistance.
In 2021, the impact these donors created was felt by 924 students who were helped with 1,383 awards that total more than $728,526!
Four prominent and generous Pensacola families have collectively given $1 million to fund scholarships for STEM-related programs at Pensacola State College. In appreciation, the Pensacola State College Board of Trustees voted to name Phase II of Pensacola State College’s STEM facility in honor of those families. The Bear, Jones, Moore, and Reeves STEM Building was announced at a press conference held Tuesday, March 1, in the Dona and Milton Usry Board Room on the Pensacola campus. All of the donors — the Bear Family Foundation, the Jo and Bill Jones Family, the Pete Moore Family and James J. Reeves — established the endowed scholarships to support PSC students.
Two new endowment scholarships at Pensacola State College have been created by longtime supporters of the College.
Ret. Army Brig. Gen. John Adams and his wife, Dr. Laura Magan, along with friends Gerry and Mitzi Goldstein, have funded an endowment to provide scholarships for students in any field of study, including certificate programs.
Also, Dave and Mary Hoxeng, owners of CatCountry 98.7 and NewsRadio 1620 AM, two popular area radio stations known for community outreach and service, have established an endowment to provide scholarships for journalism students.
Both endowments were established through the PSC Alumni Association. Adams, Gerry Goldstein and Mary Hoxeng are Alumni Association Lifetime Charter Members.
Retired Pensacola neurosurgeon Dr. Troy Tippett always appreciated Pensacola State College. After all, many of the nurses he worked with in his decades-long career were graduates of the College’s Nursing Program.
Tippett admitted that he didn’t fully appreciate the far-reaching impact PSC has on student lives and the Northwest Florida community until he was appointed to the College’s Board of Trustees just over a year ago.
“It’s as if my eyes were opened,” he said. “I had no idea what a crown jewel PSC is in our community.”
Now Tippett has decided to make an impact of his own.
He has established the Tippett Family Endowed Chair in Science, Technology and Mathematics at the College. It is Pensacola State’s 13th Endowed Chair.
Donors make a difference. Last year, 11 Pensacola State College students were awarded either an African American Memorial Endowed Scholarship or a Dr. Garrett T. Wiggins “Live Your Dream” Scholarship.
In 2022, that number has more than doubled. And it’s all because of generous donors.
On March 4, the scholarship winners will be recognized at a special ceremony in the Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio at WSRE-TV.
The scholarships are usually awarded at an annual banquet, but for the second year the banquet has been canceled because of COVID-19. Due to COVID-19, the College launched a “100 for 100” campaign to make up funds that would normally be raised during the awards banquet, and that campaign continues this year. Volunteers set a goal for 100 people to donate $100 each – a $10,000 goal that was surpassed.
Kyle Lowrey was just three courses shy of earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Arkansas when he decided to trade a university learning environment for a real-world, adventure-fueled learning environment.
Kyle was seeking adventure and to propel his own personal growth and discovery. He became a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy – Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew, where he worked on the famed Appalachian Trail in West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Then, he was off to Colorado where he worked as a ski lift operator. Later, he worked as a whitewater rafting guide in Tennessee and Idaho and became a certified Wilderness First Responder and a Class 4 Swiftwater. He was young. He was energetic. He was experiencing life with gusto and taking on new challenges and new adventures.
Kyle Lowrey passed away on May 29, 2017, in Pensacola after a short illness. The handsome, kind, intelligent and promising young man was only 26 years old.
In 2021, generous donors made it possible for 924 unique students to receive more than $728,000 in scholarships through 1,383 awards from the PSC Foundation! 95% of students graduate from PSC debt-free and begin their next chapter with hope for a bright future.
Selfless supporters established 23 new scholarships in 2021.
Drs. Ellen and Tip McKnight and Hal George raised funds toward their vision of creating an endowed scholarship honoring Chef Earl Peyroux. A former PJC culinary teacher, Earl’s legendary culinary talent and gift for teaching others to cook continues to live on through WSRE’s broadcast of past “Gourmet Cooking” shows. Forty guests attended the Earl Peyroux Experience at the McKnight’s home and raised over $23,100. Chef Gus Silivos demonstrated Chef Peyroux’s techniques on three of Peyroux’s signature dishes during a 30-minute presentation that mimicked Peyroux’s Gourmet Cooking segment.