FGCU, Lee Sheriff to Sign Agreement for Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Deceased Deputy
Florida Gulf Coast University President William C. Merwin and Lee County Sheriff Rod Shoap will sign an agreement to establish the Cpl. Alfredo Baņos Scholarship Fund at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 6 in the Campus Support Complex Building main reception area.
Baņos died Jan. 20 in a car accident on Corkscrew Road, east of I-75.
Immediately, Lee County deputies joined with members of the community to begin a scholarship fund in memory of Baņos’ dedication, leadership and service to the area. Baņos’ devotion was so well respected he previously won the Bonita Springs Optimist Club’s “Deputy of the Year” award in 1996.
The community responded to the appeal with donations totaling $20,000 to start the fund. The State of Florida Ethics in Business Scholarship Program matched the fund with another $20,000.
FGCU is expecting other representatives from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Baņos family and community volunteers to attend. FGCU administrators and staff will join them to celebrate the signing.