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St. Andrew’s Society of Southwest Florida, Inc. Establishes a Study Abroad Scholarship Fund at FGCU

 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.


The African Network of Southwest Florida, Inc. Establishes Scholarship Fund at FGCU


FORT MYERS, FL –The African Network of Southwest Florida, Inc. has established a scholarship fund at Florida Gulf Coast University to financially assist students of African descent in their educational journey at the University for the benefit of African people.

 “The African Network of Southwest Florida Scholarship Endowment” will be used to award scholarships to students who have demonstrated excellent pre-college academic credentials, are admitted to the university as degree-seeking undergraduate students, be in Good Standing, and have completed the university’s applications, describing any family hardship and how the degree’s discipline will benefit the people of Africa.    

 The African Network of Southwest Florida, Inc. (ANSWFL) was formed in March 2004 to promote Africa’s rich heritage and diverse culture to empower future generations of Africans in Diaspora. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for the men, women and children of African descent by promoting literacy, raising awareness of African culture and diversity past, present and future.

 FGCU’s International Office was instrumental in guiding the ANSWFL’s development of this relationship with FGCU. “Members of the ANSWFL felt welcomed at FGCU, and establishing a scholarship here is a way of expanding their relationship with the university, advancing their community presence and supporting future generations of Africans,” said Elaine Hozdik, director of the International Services.

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