Making a difference where it matters most
Help us empower those serving critical roles in challenging times
Nurses, teachers, counselors, social workers. These and other professionals play vital parts in times like these, when the whole community’s wellbeing is in the balance. They help people heal. Ensure that children keep learning and families stay strong. Innovate solutions that serve the public good.
At FGCU, we do our part by preparing these frontline heroes. With world-class faculty and hands-on learning, our students graduate ready to hit the trenches and conquer real-world challenges. Your support helps get them there.
By funding a scholarship or supporting a program, you can empower more individuals to follow this path and make a difference where it matters most. On the frontlines.
Graduates by the numbers
- 3,300+ education graduates
- 1,900+ nursing graduates
- 1,750+ mental health graduates
- 1,650+ biology/biotechnology graduates
- 35+ physician assistant graduates
- Last year, more than 8,300 students relied on scholarships to help them earn a degree
FGCU professors depend on philanthropic support for equipment, research initiatives and resources to create real world impact.
Taking our places on the frontlines
On campus, in our communities and across the region, FGCU's finest step up when they were needed. See FGCU on the Frontlines.
The pandemic intensifies the need for scholarships
The need for scholarships always surpasses available funds. This year, that need is even greater.
The FGCU Foundation Board of Directors recognizes that the pandemic has created unique hardships for students. That gave Foundation Board Treasurer Charles Ketteman an idea.
“We were all experiencing personally what’s happened,” he said. “We realized the impact it was having on our students. Many have lost their jobs, or their parents have lost their jobs, and the students need that cash flow to come to FGCU.”
He suggested board members create a scholarship fund to which each member would donate “as much as we felt good about, then ask friends and acquaintances to match us,” he said. “I felt we could raise $50,000 or $60,000 and do it quickly so we could impact 50 students.”
The group raised $30,000 in the first 48 hours and quickly got to $55,000. They hope to reach $100,000 for the Foundation Board Pandemic Scholarship Fund. So far, they have awarded 55 scholarships.
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