Members of Cape Coral’s Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) of Southwest Florida Chapter 155 presented the Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Foundation with a generous contribution to their scholarship endowment benefitting veterans.
In September 2014, the KWVA established a scholarship endowment worth $15,050 to support veterans returning to school for a degree or to obtain skills. After two consecutive semesters of contributions, including last week’s gift of $3,600, the endowment is now valued at $21,150.
“Returning veterans are interested in finding work in this market. Taking classes at FSW helps them supplement skills they learned during their service,” said Bob Kent, treasurer for KWVA Chapter 155. “With the scholarships we provide, FSW is a perfect fit for them.”
“We are finding that veterans are choosing FSW because our programs are workforce based,” said Dr. Lou Traina, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “After two years they leave with an associate’s to find a local job or stay with us to earn a bachelor’s in nursing, teaching or business administration. Thank you KWVA for supporting our veterans.”
An average of 400 veterans receive benefits at FSW each year and last month the college was the first in Southwest Florida to install special veteran’s parking spaces.
Many organizations and individuals are choosing to establish a scholarship endowment with the FSW Foundation. Through this financial arrangement, a donor has control over the specific terms of the fund. For more information, visit www.fsw.edu/foundation.
About the FSW Foundation:
Since 1966, the Florida SouthWestern State College Foundation has been enhancing the quality of higher education for FSW students and faculty. The FSW Foundation has awarded $1.2 million for student scholarships and $700,000 in academic support to the college annually since 2011. The Foundation’s focus is attracting and managing private contributions from individuals, organizations, businesses and other private foundations to support the college’s mission. To learn more about the non-profit, tax-exempt FSW Foundation or to make a gift, visit www.fsw.edu/foundation.