The impact of making a difference
Thanks to donors to the Eastern Florida State College Foundation, students at the College can realize their dreams for a better life through higher education. From paying course tuition to buying expensive textbooks, the dollars given translate into real-life differences for thousands of students thanks to the Titan Awards Scholarship system. Here are a few of the recipient's stories. Please help more students by donating to the Titan Annual Fund.
Chantel Gallagher: grateful for help affording textbooks
"The Textbook Scholarship has put me one step closer to my dream, helping me afford
all of my textbooks for the year. If it wasn’t for your help, I don’t know if I would
have been able to afford all of the tools necessary to earn my degree. I am deeply
grateful for the scholarship. I hope you will continue to assist other struggling
students like me be able to achieve their dreams."
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Raquel Magalhaes on the emotional impact of a scholarship
"Having someone believe I deserve a scholarship is really motivational. It has helped me to realize that all the work and effort I put into learning is even more valuable than I thought. I promise I will make this opportunity count and do my best to make sure you know that your choice was the right one. I hope someday I can repay this gift by helping somebody else feel the same joy I am feeling right now." Read more of Raquel's story
Janelis Rodriguez wants to pay it forward in life and her career
"Many people take life, kindness and even other people for granted. They feel entitled and never pay it forward. I am the total opposite. This scholarship has taught me that people who have suffered can be noticed and appreciated, as well or better than those who just get handed things in life. I live each and every day to the fullest because I know the people who selected me for this scholarship believe in me." Read the rest of Janelis' story
Christy Wilhite emphasizes the value of higher education
"Both of my sons and my husband are all attending college right now, so our household is struggling to cover the basic costs of living. This scholarship is assisting by not only providing basic needs, but also by helping to keep the number of student loans we must take out to a minimum. As I try to reach my full potential with my studies, I am also demonstrating to my children the value and importance of higher education. Without your assistance, I would not be able to accomplish my goals and continue to set this example, so I am truly grateful." Read more of Christy's story
Scholarship helps Natasha Diaz balance home life and busy class schedule
"Nursing has always been my dream. Now I can focus on my studies without having to
worry about a financial burden at the end. Thanks to the scholarship, I was able to
purchase supplemental books to aid in my studies. It also provided me with funds for
transportation. This was huge for me as I have clinicals every week, classes and a
child to care for all at the same time. The scholarship you provided me has made my
journey easier and less stressful."
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Scholarship recipient Chardé Brown plans to give back
"The scholarship definitely lifted a heavy burden off of my shoulders. I promised
myself long before I knew about this Foundation program that I would give back to
EFSC by creating a scholarship for students like me who didn’t receive grants or free
money from the state."
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EFSC student Randall Garland on "becoming a better me"
"To me a scholarship isn’t just money in an account somewhere — it’s an opportunity;
it’s a chance to move beyond your circumstance and grow towards something so much
more. To me it was an opportunity to become the person I see myself as."
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Graduate Carlo Canales sets example for children
"I graduated from the Eastern Florida State College Aerospace Technology program Spring 2015 — a task that was possible thanks to the financial help I received. Now, I am applying to many companies and I’m sure the sacrifice will be worth it! Thank you, to every single person who believed in me enough to pay my way to a better me." Read more of Carlo's story
Nursing student Heather Sacik realizing dreams thanks to scholarship
"In being a single mother to two young boys, the decision to go back to school and
pursue a nursing degree was a little daunting. I was unsure if I could financially
accomplish this task on my own. With the help of this scholarship, I now have the
opportunity as a single mother to teach my boys that anything is possible if you work
hard, dream big and never, ever give up!"
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Local mom Rachel Williams combines college and family commitments
"Before I turned 30, I lost both my mother and my father. Not having their support
has been rough and made it hard to fulfill my goals. My husband and I have had to
struggle and sacrifice to keep my education on track. Being a stay-at-home mother
trying to pursue a degree at the same time has left us with only one income to support
us all. This scholarship is a much needed and greatly appreciated godsend. Thank you
again for your generosity"
Read more of Rachel's story
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