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St. Andrew's Society of Southwest Florida, Inc. Establishes a Study Abroad Scholarship Fund at FGCU
4/5/2012

FORT MYERS, FL - The St. Andrew's Society of Southwest Florida, Inc., Naples, has created a study abroad scholarship fund at Florida Gulf Coast University, to further develop the Society's scholarship efforts that support students studying in Scotland.

The St. Andrew's Society of Southwest Florida Scholarship at FGCU has become the organization’s highest priority community program and has the interest of its members. The group hosted a fundraising event on March 23 in support of this scholarship.

Since 2009, The Society's support has enabled FGCU to award significant scholarships to three students to study in Scotland and learn firsthand about the country and develop an appreciation for its history, people and culture.

The Society's Scholarship chairman William Paterson said, "Our relationship with FGCU has been invaluable in two respects: identification of qualified students, and management of our funds. We have been very impressed with the professionalism of our FGCU contacts."

The scholarship application and selection process is coordinated by FGCU International Services. Elaine Hozdik, director of FGCU International Services said, "The generosity of the St. Andrew's Society has been significant in making study experiences in Scotland financially possible for students, immersing them into the culture, history, customs and contemporary experiences of the Scottish people."

"We encourage our students to incorporate academic programs abroad as an educational component of completing their degrees at FGCU. This expands their professional knowledge and world views. It opens up global relationships, strengthens their career options, and will make them better students and better citizens. The St. Andrew’s Society scholarship has put Scotland on the destination list of our students who may not have considered studying in this academically, historically and culturally rich destination."

To make contributions to the fund or for more information, please contact Judie Cassidy, senior director of advancement at (239) 590-1058.

For more information, media representatives should contact Elaine Hozdik at (239) 590-7931.

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