Inaugural International College Scholarship Golf Invitational and Dinner/Dance a Success; Event Raised $82,000 in Scholarships

International College announces that its First Annual Scholarship Golf Invitational and Dinner/Dance raised $82,000 in scholarships to underwrite the Friends of The College Educational Support Scholarship.

Nearly 100 golf enthusiasts participated in the morning invitational; 200 attended the dinner/dance, where Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Johnny Bench served as the auctioneer.

The Friends of The College Educational Support Scholarship is an award program supported by community donors that connects students with additional vital resources of tuition assistance. These resources help students to lighten their long-range educational indebtedness. Although public scholarships do exist, they are difficult to win due to the intense level of competition. With the private scholarship assistance provided by International College, diligent students are able to obtain the necessary educational support.

“For a first-time event, community turnout and support from local businesses exceeded our expectations,” said Event Chair and Fifth Third Bank President & CEO Colleen Kvetko. “What a wonderful way to help such deserving working adult students reach their academic and professional goals. These community-minded individuals and businesses are not only helping International College students, they are helping to build a stronger workforce and economy.”

The dollars raised from both events will assist approximately 60 students, explained International College Dean of Students Ron Bowman. Scholarship dollars are especially needed in the summer to help students maintain full-time status. Certain financial aid funds are not available to students during the summer term.

GOLF SCORES

The 1st Place Flight 1 team, with a score of 121, is: Ron Rose, Gay Rose, Scott O’Dell, and Cindy Gatz.

The 2nd Place Flight 1 team, with a score of 122, is: Ken Iglesias, Jim Humphrey, C.B. Rebsman, and Robert Stommel.

The 1st Place Flight 2 team, with a score of 125, is: Curt Bradbury, Tracy Lansberry, Mike Kinney, and Jim Wall.

The 2nd Place Flight 2 team, with a score of 125, is: Steve Personette, Phil Memoli, Michael Ellert, and Michael McIntire.

The International College Scholarship Golf Invitational and Dinner/Dance would not be possible if not through the major sponsoring support of: Fifth Third Bank, Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc., Orion Bank, and the Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild.

“The Scholarship Committee is deeply appreciative of the emphasis placed on the fund-raising dollars for scholarships for International College students. It is only through such help and generosity by the community that our College can hope to provide the necessary financial assistance to deserving students struggling with the costs of higher education,” Bowman said. “We wish to extend thanks to Colleen Kvetko and the Golf Committee for taking such an active and public-spirited role in assisting our students. The additional scholarship dollars will not only bring necessary financial assistance, but will boost self-esteem and deliver academic recognition to adult learners who are working diligently to better themselves and their community. The benevolence of event participants will be long remembered.”

About International College:

Ø Students are adult learners with combined pressures of a full-time job, family and desire for professional development.

Ø 70 percent of enrollees are women.

Ø Approximately 25 percent of enrollees are minorities.

Ø A typical IC student is a mother, 30+ years old, working full time.

Ø IC students benefit from small classes, flexible scheduling, individual attention and a dedicated faculty and administration.

Ø IC’s educational model is tailored to fit the needs of working adult learners, while at the same time, provides academic programs that are driven by the southwest Florida region’s workforce needs.

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