The Charlotte Community Foundation recently awarded over $128,000 in higher education scholarships for the 2018-2019 Academic School Year. On Thursday, May 10, a closed reception was held to celebrate and recogonize the 33 Charlotte County scholarship recipients, sponsored by Fawcett Memorial Hospital.  The reception was emceed by NBC-2 Anchor, Stacey Deffenbaugh, and Fawcett Memorial Hospital CEO, Bill Hawley.

~ Testimonial of the Month ~

Sue Zawacki, BSN RN

I received my BSN in 1985 and after 33 years of practicing nursing I made a decision to go back to school to earn a master’s degree in nursing leadership.

The scholarship I received from the Charlotte Community Foundation is extremely valuable as it eases the financial burden of the cost associated with seeking an advanced degree. This allows the opportunity to focus on my studies and alleviates the worries associated with the financial obligation of tuition. Since receiving the scholarship I have a feeling of connection with the Charlotte Community Foundation as their generosity is assisting me to gain additional education in nursing leadership.

I am currently enrolled in the Nurse Executive track at the University of West Florida’s online MSN program. I am in my fourth class and will complete the four core classes once this class finishes in December 2018. My spring and summer 2019 semesters will include three specific classes for the Nurse Executive program. In the fall of 2019 I will begin the first of three semesters for my practicum which will lead to the completion of the MSN program in the summer of 2020.

The Charlotte Community Foundation holds education in high regard as demonstrated by the generous gifts they give in the form of scholarship funds to Charlotte County residents. This affords many the opportunity to complete higher education at levels they may not have been able to afford with the scholarship. The outcome is positive for the community as this results in more highly educated Charlotte County residents who in turn utilize their education in many ways to better the community.

Scholarships include:

Nora Penton Beatty Nursing Scholarship – for students participating in a nursing program or applying to participate in a nursing program.

Nursing Scholarship – for students participating in a nursing program or applying to participate in a nursing program.

Health Professions Scholarship – for anyone entering or attending a two-year or four-year EMT/paramedic or nursing program at Florida Southwestern College, Charlotte County campus, or Charlotte Technical College.

Virginia B. Andes Healthcare Scholarship – for Charlotte County public high school graduates, residents or employees entering their 3rd or 4th year in a health care related field.

Dennis Munholand Memorial Scholarship – for students entering the field of dentistry, dental hygiene and/or dental assistance.

David Gerdel Memorial Scholarship – for Charlotte County public high school graduates entering the field of engineering.

Leo Wotitzky Scholarship – for Charlotte County high school graduates attending post-secondary education institution or technical program.

Charlotte Community Foundation is proud to be part of awarding annual scholarships to higher education students across Charlotte County. This could not be done without the generosity of the many donors who have established scholarship funds.  We also appreciate Fawcett’s commitment to providing educational opportunities to all ages in Charlotte County and thank them for their support in celebrating our newest scholarship recipients.

Charlotte Community Foundation, Inc.  As the Center for Philanthropy in Charlotte County, the Foundation focuses exclusively on the needs of Charlotte County.  Providing more than $900,000 in 2017 alone, the Foundation provides personalized donor services to assist individuals in establishing tax advantageous charitable funds which provide distributions, grants and other resources to support nonprofits in Charlotte County. The Foundation’s mission is connecting people who care with causes that matter.