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New College Name Prompts Scholarship Donation

December 20, 2012 - Eastern Florida State College — Eastern Florida State College’s new name starting next year — has received its first donation to help students complete their education.

EFSC donation

Attorney Douglas Beam presents his donation to EFSC President Jim Richey between the College's two commencement ceremonies on Dec. 20. Beam said he wanted to be the first to donate under EFSC's new name - Eastern Florida State College - which will become official next summer.

Melbourne Attorney Douglas Beam has given $1,000 to show his support for the renaming and the College’s expanded mission to start offering four-year bachelor degrees in August 2013.

The money will go to the EFSC Foundation, which has provided more than $2.5 million in student scholarships over the past five years.

“Mr. Beam’s generosity reflects the enthusiasm that many people throughout Brevard have shown toward the College’s new name,” said EFSC President, Dr. Jim Richey. “We’re extremely grateful to him and everyone for helping launch us into a new era.”

The Board of Trustees approved the name change Dec. 17 in a move that was necessary because the addition of four-year degrees transforms EFSC into a state college.

Initially, the college will offer a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Organizational Management with two concentrations — general management and health care management.

The College also will remain firmly committed to its community college roots, continuing to offer more than 100 two-year degrees and certificate programs as its primary mission.

The name now goes to the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott for final approval during the spring 2013 legislative session. It is expected to become official July 1, 2013.