Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna presented a check on behalf of the Florida College System Foundation for $13,915 to the Florida Keys Community College Foundation. The donation matches locally-raised funds for scholarships for students in the nursing program as well as students who are the first in their families to attend college.
Of the total, $8,700 was provided by Florida Blue for nursing students, which matches funds donated to the FKCC Foundation by organizations such as the Hemingway Look-Alike Society, the Lower Keys Women's Club and the American Legion Post 28.
Additionally, the Helios Education Foundation donated $889 and Bank of America donated $4,326 to equal amounts donated locally toward first-generation-in-college-student scholarships. The primary local donor for such scholarships is FKCC President Emeritus William A. Seeker, who established the Sue and Albert Seeker First Generation in College Scholarship in 2007 in honor of his parents.
"The FKCC Foundation is very grateful to receive these scholarship donations that will help FKCC students achieve their academic and personal goals," said Frank Wood, FKCC Vice President of Advancement and the Executive Director of the FKCC Foundation. "Scholarship awards are important and allow students to focus on intellectual challenges rather than financial ones; they reaffirm dreams."
For information about supporting the FKCC Foundation, call Wood at 305-809-3287, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is holding a "Discovery Saturday" event from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, at 35 East Quay Road, at the western end of Southard Street, across from Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.
The free event will feature games, crafts and fun with friends. All kids from kindergarten through fifth-grade are welcome to attend.
This week's theme is "Our Flying Friends." Attendees will be helped to create bird feeders and create their own binoculars to take home.
For information, call 305-809-4750.
The Florida Marlins are offering an exclusive discount on tickets to games taking place at 7:10 p.m. Friday, 7:10 p.m. Saturday, and 1:10 p.m. on Sept. 21.
Ticket prices start at $12, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Monroe County Education Foundation/Take Stock in Children program.
For a complete price schedule or to order tickets, visit www.marlins.com/keys