Every Gift Has a Story and Leaves a Lasting Legacy!
At Pensacola State College, the Foundation manages more than 200 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!
Two new art exhibitions will open at Pensacola State College on Thursday, Jan. 6, one featuring a talented art instructor and the other showcasing the work of an artist inspired by the past and present while employing a style that was first used in medieval times and which flourished during the Renaissance.
An Opening Reception for the exhibitions is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the PSC Anna Lamar Center for Visual Arts.
The “Anna Lamar Switzer Endowed Teaching Chair Exhibition’’ features the work of Paula Work, a member of the College’s Academy of Teaching Excellence. It will be on display in the Charles W. Lamar Studio Gallery in the Anna Lamar Center for Visual Arts through April 29.
In March of this year, the Pensacola State College Board of Governors Strategic Planning Task Force began meeting to determine how the Pensacola State College Foundation could best achieve its mission in rapidly changing times. The Task Force was led by Mr. Trey Poirier, Vice President of the Board of Governors. Mr. Poirier was joined by other governors including Candice Carroll, Dick Dixon, and Chandra Smiley. They first looked back to accurately capture the organizational history and the donors and community leaders who were instrumental supporters of the College. Their efforts resulted in an alignment of the Foundation’s history to the College’s history and can be viewed on the PSCF
Pensacola business icon Sandy Sansing has helped more than 1,100 Pensacola State College students with nearly $500,000 in financial assistance since he established the Sansing Universal Scholarship in 2002.
But as much as the financial assistance is appreciated and needed, there’s more that Sansing gives to the “Sansing Scholars.”
“The scholarships mean so much to us,” said Sansing Scholar Emily Wade, who is studying accounting at PSC. “But it’s more than that. To have someone believe in you is important. It helps you focus more on your goals and gives you that extra drive and determination.”
Wade was one of 10 Sansing Scholars from 2020 and 2021 who attended a pizza luncheon with Sansing on Monday, Oct. 18, at the PSC Pensacola campus.
President Ed Meadows raised a glass recently to toast donors and supporters who have helped the College raise more than $6.2 million in an ambitious “Your Community — Your Legacy” capital campaign.
That’s 56 percent of the $11 million campaign goal that already has been met. And though the campaign began its quiet phase in December 2018, it wasn’t until Thursday’s press conference at the new Baars Building on the Pensacola campus that the campaign was unveiled to the public. The campaign will fund workforce development, student scholarships, a conference center and College growth and expansion.
Since the 2018 launch, 570 donors have contributed funds to the “Your Community — Your Legacy” campaign, with 226 donors giving $1,000 or more.
Troy Moon, Pensacola State College
They are called “Change Makers” for a reason – they change lives.
Pensacola State College honored its “Change Makers” – donors whose generous gifts and contributions help students earn an education on Friday, Dec. 10, in the Charles W. Lamar Studio Gallery.
“Your generosity will help transform lives,’’ said Andrea Krieger, PSC Executive Director of Institutional Development.
The reception celebrated $2.8 million in new gifts and commitments to PSC. These gifts will have a $3.8 million impact.
“Pensacola State College is a wonderful school that helps develop productive citizens in our community,’’ said David Bear, vice-president of the Lewis Bear Company. The Bear Family and the Bear Family Foundation have been supporters of PSC since 1967 and their recent gift will fund a new Bear Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship.
The Pensacola State College Foundation (PSCF) is humbled to announce that the Escambia High School (EHS) Alumni Scholarship in Memory of Deborah Poe Milam was established on Tuesday, December 7th with a $5,000 gift from the EHS Class of 1970 and a $1,000 gift from Willie Ray Milam Jr. in loving honor of his wife.
Deborah Poe Milam was a businesswoman and leader in the banking industry for more than 40 years, but more importantly, she was a kind and compassionate person. Debi lived a life in service to others, devoting her time and energy to making the community a better place for all through women’s groups, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Community Action Committee, and Mardi Gras Krewe de Wilde. Her husband, Willie Ray Milam Jr., describes Debi as the type of person who lit up an entire room with her presence. Hugh Fones, who had known Debi since middle school, echoed that praise claiming, “If you had Debi Milam on your team, you could accomplish anything.”