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Impact on Students

Preparing students to thrive in an increasingly competitive and global economy is a top priority at Florida State University. This undertaking starts by recruiting the best, most deserving students and providing them with the financial resources they need to succeed.

The following are areas where philanthropy can make the greatest difference to students at FSU:

Graduate Fellowships
Fellowships are critical in attracting the best and brightest graduate students to FSU. The awards allow these talented students to complete their degrees and undertake research without the need for outside employment. They are excellent gift opportunities for donors with an interest in both the academic and research missions of the University.

Endowed scholarships enable FSU's colleges and schools to assist undergraduate and pre-professional students with tuition and other college expenses according to donor stipulations. Scholarships reward high achievement and bring the region's best students to FSU. They also enable deserving students with financial need to develop their gifts and experience careers and futures they might never have had.

Private giving is the primary means for providing students with these resources. Your gifts increase the funds available for attracting top students, primarily by creating new undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships.

Learn More About the Impact on Students

Florida State University Students Give Back — In Big Ways
Students are the heart of Florida State University, and through their philanthropic efforts, they are proving that this heart is not only strong and wise but also quite passionate. 

The Last Gift to Her Husband: A Commitment to FSU
For Elaine Alexander, a non-alumna of Florida State who lived 3,000 miles from Tallahassee, the opportunity to connect with FSU was seldom. But all of that changed when her husband, Robert C. Alexander '68, '72, lost his battle with cancer in late 2009.

Building a Legacy of Excellence in Medical Education
Thanks to the generous planned gifts established in the College of Medicine by Mina Jo Powell, Ashley Lucke is preparing to live her dream of serving others as a physician.

Preserving the Seminole Identity
A decade after beginning his higher education at The Florida State University, Jonathan Grandage has found his future in Florida's history thanks to the Walbolt Fellowships in History.

Supporting the Dreams of First-Generation College Students
Obtaining a higher education is considered a given in many families. But for many students, they are the first in their family to pursue a college degree and may face unique challenges and obstacles. Thanks to the James and Mary Koalska Scholarship, first-generation students in the College of Social Work are able to follow their dreams and earn a college degree.

One Woman's Dream Lives On Through Another
Erin Gray, a junior who recently completed her first semester in the nursing program, was named the first recipient of the Pamela Thompson Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Pamela Thompson, who was just 19 years old when she was the victim of a violent crime.

Hospitality is Her Business
Cassandra Rayne, a Summa Cum Laude graduate in with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management, found her FSU experience even sweeter than she expected when she was named a recipient of the Jane Zuknick Morgan Scholarship in the Dedman School of Hospitality.

One Student's Juggling Act
Dustin Brown is a busy guy. He is a fourth-year student in The Florida State University's Bachelor of Fine Arts Studio Art program, holds down a part-time job and spends his free time clowning around. Literally.

For Scholarship Recipients, It's All in the Family
The Spykers, two of three triplets and a sister 14 months older, found out that each girl's entire college costs would be paid for without loans through a combination of private donations, university, federal and state grants and college work study. Theirs is a story of all the pieces of financial aid working together to benefit eligible students.

Fostering Undergraduate Research: The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Awards
The Office of National Fellowships awards URCAA scholarships to undergraduate students—including Jared Doster and Marlee McCleary—to carry out a research or creative project of their own design in partnership with a supervising professor.

Honoring the Heart of a Resident Assistant
Wanting to preserve the memory and spirit of their daughter, Michaela Thomas, Kathleen and William Yockey created an award to recognize and provide scholarship money to an exemplary returning resident assistant (RA).

Minority Scholarship Opens Doors at FSUPC
As a single mother of three, Latasha Jones never thought she'd be on her way to earning a bachelor's degree.

FSU Alumnus Creates Chance of a Lifetime for Students
Alumnus David Ford's endowment to establish the Office of National Fellowships provides students, such as Myron Rolle, with a chance of a lifetime.

The Impact of Unrestricted GIfts
“I think what they [donors] are doing for FSU and for students like me is great,” says Michael Cain.

Shaping Students Into Active Citizens
"The Service Scholar Program was a major factor in my choosing Florida State," said Thelma Acquaah-Harrison.

Florida State University—Changing Lives
Dana Ford always knew he would attend college and eventually become an attorney.

Nursing Students Excel With Support from Longtime Philanthropist
Camille Guidry was honored to be a recipient of a special scholarship designed to help female students succeed.

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