Fort Myers DAR Chapter
FORT MYERS, FL - The Caloosahatchee Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is donating $10,000 to the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation at noon, Friday, Feb. 22, at the Wheel House in Fort Myers to establish an endowed scholarship for students who are American history majors.
“The Chapter decided five years ago to endow the scholarship,” Chapter registrar Aileen Lackey said. “Sally Hughes, a past regent, and I began to develop it. Presentation of the endowment on Friday will be the highlight of our luncheon.”
The goal of the DAR endowed scholarship is to support “nontraditional students who are American history majors in pursuit of degrees or those finalizing a degree in the subject of American history. Nontraditional students are defined as those who have been away from the academic environment for an extended period of time,” according to the agreement.
“The scholarship is for an untraditional student returning for a degree in history,” Lackey said.
“Scholarship funds such as the one the DAR is establishing give very real help to those for whom higher education might be out of reach. The most important aspect is that this endowed scholarship will be helping students forever,” FGCU senior director of campaigns, Linda Lehtomaa, said.
President William C. Merwin and vice president for Advancement Tom Healy will sign the agreement along with DAR regent for the State of Florida, Martha H. Raugh. Associate professor of history Irvin Winsboro will attend the signing.
The local chapter says the event is particularly important. Lackey said, “We are celebrating our 75th anniversary this year.”
The DAR is dedicated to service to the nation. Objectives of the organization are historic preservation, promotion of education and patriotic endeavor. The Society was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia June 4, 1891, and in 1896, incorporated by an Act of the United States Congress.
FGCU is an accredited comprehensive public university created to address the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and dedicated to providing a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities.
For more information or to establish a scholarship, contact Lehtomaa at (941) 590-1071.