Florida Partners in Scholarship
Established in 2013, the Florida Partners in Scholarship program helps provide Floridians access to a personal, life-changing education at Eckerd College—the only national private liberal arts college in Florida—through scholarships funded by corporations and other organizations that seek to employ highly educated graduates, thus growing Florida’s network of top professionals.
CHANGINGLIVES. Florida Partners in Scholarship Inspire Today. Hire Tomorrow. The Mission Established in 2013, the Florida Partners in Scholarship program helps provide Floridians access to a personal, life-changing education at Eckerd College—the only national private liberal arts college in Florida—through scholarships funded by corporations and other organizations that seek to employ highly educated graduates, thus growing Florida’s network of top professionals. The best education is one that prepares you for the how, as well as the what—an education that teaches you to ThinkOutside. Florida Partners in Scholarship provide Eckerd students with significant financial aid that will decisively impact their college experience and future careers. The Challenge Florida employers are seeking highly educated professionals, and this demand is rapidly growing while college affordability steepens: ä Only 36.5% of Florida residents have earned a postsecondary degree.1 Florida is not producing enough college graduates to meet the projected job market demand in 2018.2 The shortage of college graduates in the national workforce in 2020 will reach 1.5 million.3 On average, only 20% of Eckerd students are from Florida, while half hail from the Mid-Atlantic, New England and the Midwest combined. According to the National Education Association, the decrease in state funding for higher education leaves two-thirds of college graduates with average debt of $26,600. ä ä ä ä The Impact An Eckerd education prepares students for success in today’s complex global economy not by teaching students a rigid set of facts but instead teaching students how to learn. To attract the most talented Florida students and ensure their degree completion, we must increase scholarship support for families with financial need. ä Florida’s unemployment rate for those with a bachelor’s degree is 4.6%, compared to 7.6% for those with an associate degree and 9.2% for all Florida workers.4 The typical worker with a bachelor’s degree earns 40% more over the course of a lifetime than the typical worker with an associate degree.5 In Eckerd’s 2012 Senior Survey, 50% of seniors who responded (70% of the class) reported having participated in an internship while at Eckerd. Of those students, 27% said the internship led to a job offer. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, in 2010, the 4-year graduation rate was 35% at Florida public universities, but 63% at Eckerd College. ä ä ä The Investment Florida Partners in Scholarship provide Eckerd students with significant financial aid that will decisively impact their college experience and future careers. To become a Partner, simply make a leadership gift of $1,000 or more toward annual scholarships by June 30, and your gift will be awarded to Florida students in the following academic year. Senior Partners A Florida Partner who makes a minimum gift of $5,000 to annual scholarships is considered a Senior Partner and may establish a named scholarship. Associate Partners A Florida Partner who makes a gift of less than $5,000 to annual scholarships contributes to the collective impact of the Florida Partners Annual Scholarship. Benefits of Joining Publicity in Florida Partners in Scholarship published materials Access to employee and intern recruitment events on Eckerdâ€™s campus Opportunities to meet scholars benefiting from Florida Partners scholarships Weekend community service opportunities with Eckerd students More Information To learn more about how to support Eckerd students, please contact: Matthew S. Bisset Vice President for Advancement Eckerd College 4200 54th Avenue South St. Petersburg, Florida 33711 email@example.com 727-864-8482 SUPPORT+INSPIRE “It is with the utmost gratitude and appreciation that I thank you for your generosity and support. It is my goal to remain focused on and committed to my studies, so that after graduating from Eckerd and obtaining a bachelor’s degree, I will be able to secure an innovative career as a computer programmer as well as remain involved in the arts community.” Rebecca Kessel, Class of 2017, Pinellas Park, Florida JACKSONVILLE TALLAHASSEE ORLANDO TAMPA ST. PETERSBURG NAPLES MIAMI iv v i ii iii Source: Lumina Foundation Ibid. Source: McKinsey Global Institute Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Source: Pew Research Center About Eckerd College An Eckerd College experience is not about teaching students a rigid set of facts. As one of 40 schools featured in Colleges That Change Lives and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Eckerd makes it clear that our first priority is to teach students how to learn. Eckerd, a private college of liberal arts and sciences, invites students to ThinkOutside. We take advantage of our spectacular mile of campus waterfront along the Gulf of Mexico for outdoor laboratories as well as for an impressive array of intramural, club and intercollegiate sports and water recreation. Offerings in the arts and humanities inspire creativity and foster critical thinking and self-awareness. Every year, students and faculty travel outside the U.S. to some 40 foreign countries for research and cultural learning. And we venture together in the Eckerd experience to think outside the conventional questions, methods and solutions, seeking to build a better world. Office of Advancement 4200 54th Avenue South St. Petersburg, Florida 33711 www.eckerd.edu 727-864-8482 (local) 800-456-9009 (toll-free) This brochure was printed on Endurance Silk sheets manufactured by International Paper with FSC Chain of Custody Certification. To read more about Eckerdâ€™s sustainable practices, visit www.eckerd.edu/green.