The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation Marks Pulse Anniversary with Scholarships for LGBT Students

Recipients selected for academic excellence, commitment to improving community

June 08 2019 • CFF Team


ORLANDO, Fla.—(June 8, 2019) – In its continuing effort to honor those lost in the Pulse tragedy, The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation will today award four scholarships in the amount of $4,900 each for local college students. The recipients, their hometowns and schools include:

  • Sebastian Anchea (Apopka) – Florida State University
  • Jacob Davis (Winter Park) – Rollins College
  • Wilfredo Guzman (Orlando) – Rollins College
  • Dean Rooney (Leesburg) – Florida State University

The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation was created in 2017 as a partnership between local attorney Barry L. Miller and the LGBT+ Center Orlando (The Center). Since its inception, now 21 students have been awarded $4,900 each, totaling $98,000.

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 steward The 49 Fund and 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.

“The tragedy at Pulse rocked our community, but it also demonstrated how our city came together,” said Miller.

“Recipients of The 49 Fund must commit to taking a leadership role in the community; we are developing our leaders of tomorrow.”

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