The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation Marks Pulse Anniversary with Scholarships for Eight Local LGBT Students
Recipients selected for academic excellence, commitment to improving community
June 09 2018 • CFF Team
ORLANDO, Fla.—(June 9, 2018) – In its continuing effort to honor those lost in the Pulse tragedy, The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation will today award eight scholarships in the amount of $4,900 each for local college students. The recipients, their hometowns and schools include:
- William (Billy) Budd (New Smyrna Beach) – Florida State University
- Jonathan (Jon) Covert (Deland) – Champlain College
- Jasmine Flowers (Winter Springs) – Columbia University
- Tena Gordon (Palm Bay) – Florida International University
- Francis Jarusiewicz (Merritt Island) – Florida State University
- Osher Ostroff (Orlando) – Valencia College
- Courtney Ring (Oviedo) – Seminole State College
- Neil Rios (Orlando) – Valencia College connecting to University of Central Florida
The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation was created in March 2017 in a partnership between local attorney Barry L. Miller and the LGBT+ Center Orlando. In its first year, eight students were awarded $4,900 each.
To qualify for the scholarship, students must be self-identified as ‘out’ and a member of the LGBT community, attend an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher learning on a full-time basis, earn a 3.0 GPA or higher and demonstrate a commitment to improving the Central Florida community.
The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation worked closely with local LGBT organizations to identify potential applicants from local high schools and universities. The scholarship committee interviewed applicants and made recipient recommendations to Central Florida Foundation’s board of directors.
“Central Florida Foundation is honored to host The 49 Fund to ensure this important legacy continues on to support the educational goals of LGBT students in our community,” said Mark Brewer, president and chief executive officer of Central Florida Foundation.
According to attorney Barry L. Miller, The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation will honor those whose lives were lost by providing a scholarship opportunity to LGBT students striving to make Central Florida a better place.
After the Pulse tragedy rocked our community two years ago, we are proud of how Orlando has demonstrated that we are a strong and vibrant city,” said Miller. “The 49 Fund scholarship recipients have all committed to taking a leadership role in the community to ensure we continue to grow, educate and flourish in the memory of those we lost at Pulse.”
For more information and to donate, visit www.The49Fund.org.
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