EFSC Foundation Newsletter April 2018

Volume 3 APRIL 2018 Bringing Donors and Scholarship Recipients Together Director’s Minute Dear Titan Friends, This morning my heart is full! Last evening, the Foundation celebrated our donors and scholarship recipients at a reception. The room was full of hope, dreams and opportunity. I observed the generosity, commitment to education, and belief in supporting our community that defines our donors. They give to EFSC because they believe in the value and power of a college education. Scholarship recipients - Kyrstin Clodfelter, Elaika Ann Santos, Jennifer Lee S tudent scholarship recipients got a chance to thank the donors who believed in them and their potential at the Eastern Florida State College Donor and Student Recipient Reception at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place. “I see such opportunity in these young people. We love to give back to our community, education is the answer and we are happy to do whatever we can,” said Susie Wasdin, alumni, donor and EFSC Foundation board member. Susie and Tom Wasdin are part of the Distinguished Alumni & Friends Scholarship. Christopher Strohm, recipient of the Distinguished Alumni & Friends Scholarship said, “I wanted to thank them personally. I applied because I had a financial hardship and was hoping for a bit of help, and I got that.” The March 16 event featured Dr. Al Koller, who retired from NASA after more than 32 years as an engineer and program manager, and then served 21 years in senior administration roles at Brevard Community College, now EFSC. He is currently president of the e3 Company. Dr. Koller spoke about the help he received in his youth and the importance of passing that on. He also stressed the importance of encouraging one another. “You start with an event like tonight where you celebrate one another. You see firsthand the good that you can do,” he said. The donors witnessed the return on their investment in meeting with students. Personally, I felt privileged to be part of the transformation of their lives. In my parting remarks, I wanted the students to remember one thing about the evening: “You are standing in this room because someone believed in you, your potential and provided you with the gift of an education.” Please watch our 4-minute video https://youtu.be /9JhjvZmx2kA where students and donors share their experiences. We count on YOU – the support of our Alumni, local businesses, corporations and Titan friends – to help students realize their educational goals. If you are interested in supporting student scholarships, please contact our offices at (321) 433-7055 or [email protected]. Go Titans! Jennie Kriete Director, EFSC Foundation Eastern Florida State College President Dr. James Richey thanked donors for all they do in helping the Foundation provide scholarships to students needing assistance. “You can see the results of your generosity in this room and in our classrooms throughout the college where students are pursuing their dreams – dreams that might otherwise be lost or abandoned. You are truly making a difference in their lives and in our community,” said Richey. Eastern Florida State College President Dr. James Richey Tonya Cherry, Donor Relations Coordinator, recognized all donors and recipients in attendance. Visit efscfoundation. org to learn more about the EFSC Foundation, student scholarships and how to donate. Jennie Kriete, Director EFSC Foundation; Stuart Braudrick; scholarship recipient; Jaime Curtis, donor; Carina Rodriguez, recipient FN31823