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 2022, the impact these donors created was felt by 1,066 students and families who were helped with scholarship awards that total more than $895,400!
On Thursday, September 7, local experts Kendrick Doidge of HCA Florida West Hospital, Josh Newby of the Council on Aging of Northwest Florida, and Paula Shell of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida led attendees through the Nonprofit Center training covering how to effectively develop and manage a volunteer and intern program.
Eager to learn best practices, attendees were abuzz with anticipation for the day’s training.
The Vic and Vermell Wozniak Dreamland Endowed Scholarship, befitting of its name, has supported the dreams of Pensacola State College students with nearly $8,000 in scholarship awards. This summer, thanks to a generous donation, the endowment has grown to more than $314,000.
Deserving students will continue to benefit from the Wozniaks’ selfless gifts for generations to come as they endowed their scholarship. With Pensacola State College’s affordable cost of attendance, this scholarship truly goes a long way for students and their families.
Music, and those who compose and perform it, are often treasured as gifts to the world. Joy, tranquility, and the raw emotions of listening and enjoying music make it a universal experience for all.
Donald Ray Tomberlin, a lifelong musical artist, was one such individual who was blessed with a talent he shared with the world. He excelled in songwriting and piano, lending his talent to several Christian groups through singing, playing, and performing his original works nationwide.
He spent much of his time composing songs with his mother. His loved ones describe a book of songs the duo wrote as one of the most cherished family Christmas gifts they have.
In his life, Donald Ray was a quiet, giving, and extraordinarily kind man. Despite being born with cerebral palsy, he lived a life defined not by his disabilities but by his passion for music and his love for others.
On August 1, Kimberly Mathes Cheney and Lauren Paige Cheney, co-owners of The Mathes Group, met with Pensacola State College Director of Foundation Scholarships, Mikenzie Francis, to establish the Jerry Wade Mathes Electrician Apprentice Scholarship in memory of their father and grandfather.
This scholarship, named after the late founder of The Mathes Group, Jerry Wade Mathes, will support students with financial need who are pursuing the electrician certificate program and maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher.
Foundation Executive Board Governors Betty Roberts and Mike Morette were the 2023 recipients of the Grover Robinson III and Sandra Robinson Awards, presented on June 22nd and July 18th respectively. First presented in June of 2000, these awards serve to recognize outstanding members of the Rotary Club of Pensacola that are community leaders exemplifying the ideal of “Service Above Self”. Their namesake, the Robinsons, exhibited the highest example of service to their Club, becoming the voices of community concern and the agencies of action.
Pensacola State College donors who reach the President’s Circle level of giving were treated to an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and desserts from cultures around the world during the annual Garde Manger, held July 19 in the Delaino Student Center on the Pensacola campus.
Garde Manger is an annual celebration where the College thanks its invaluable supporters that help fund scholarships, promote faculty and professional development, expand college and academic programs, and contribute towards development of infrastructure. Invitees enjoy delicious appetizers prepared by Culinary students, participate in a raffle, and an opportunity to socialize and mingle.