– On December 21, 2017 thirty-two college students from Pinellas County were presented $500 checks at the annual holiday luncheon of the College Fund of Pinellas County, Inc. The luncheon, held in a hall provided by Anona United Methodist Church, is an annual event that continues the semester-by-semester scholarship support provided by the College Fund charity to students selected by the organization based on scholastic achievement, financial need and a personal interview. Each student’s grades were reviewed by College Fund directors Sheila Keller, Shirley Lorenzo and Regan Musgrove before treasurer Sherry Rankine wrote the check.
In addition to the students and the College Fund board of directors, the luncheon was attended by family members of the students and several of the organization’s donors. The program, which included the introduction of each student, gave the donors the opportunity to meet the students they were supporting.
Several students were asked to take a microphone and offer advice to their fellow students from the lessons they had learned. The program also included a beautiful rendition of holiday season music sung by grant recipient Jermaine Robinson of Seminole who is majoring in Musical Theater at Rider University in New Jersey.
Students who were unable to attend the holiday party will be sent their check by mail. All totaled the College Fund expects to pay out over $56,000 in student grants for the fall 2017 – spring 2018 school year. Since its founding in 1965, the College Fund has awarded over one million dollars in scholarships to over 780 Pinellas County residents, enabling them to achieve their goal of a college education and thereby improve themselves, their family’s living standard, and their role in the community.
The College Fund has no paid employees. The financial contributions from its Directors and Advisors exceed its administrative costs; therefore, 100% of the donations from the public are used to support students. More information is available on the College Fund website: www.collegefundpinellas.org.