FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF BREDE-WILKINS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Central Florida Foundation has announced the establishment of the Brede-Wilkins Scholarship Fund at the Foundation. The fund is designed to support qualified individuals with financial assistance toward the cost of a higher education.

Consistent with the charitable purposes of Central Florida Foundation, the fund will provide scholarships to individuals pursuing an undergraduate degree. Applicants must have completed 500 hours of employment at Village on the Green, a Lifespace Community in Longwood, FL.

The 2018 scholarship process is now open. Qualifications include:

  • Initial applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0
  • Renewal applicants must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5.
  • Initial and renewal applicants must have plans to be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited post-secondary educational institution
  • Applicants must display participation in community service and extra-curricular activities
  • Applicants must demonstrate the character and motivation to work hard and complete their educational goals.
  • For more information on how to apply, email bredewilkins@cffound.org.

 

“Central Florida Foundation is committed to continuing the legacy of the Brede-Wilkins Scholarship Fund to help students achieve their educational goals,” said Mark Brewer, president and CEO of the Foundation. “We are honored to partner with residents of Village on the Green in this important endeavor.”

 

The initiative was initially established in 1988 by Ellen H. Brede and her brother Leonard O. Wilkins, two of the founding residents of the Village on the Green Retirement Community. Since neither of the founders attended college, their collective intent was to provide educational scholarships to employees at Village on the Green and was administered by a local bank. To further continue its legacy, the committee has voted to establish the fund at Central Florida Foundation to run a more robust scholarship program.

 

Since inception, the effort has awarded 1,725 scholarships valued at over $3.2 million.

 

“The Brede-Wilkins Scholarship Fund is the crown jewel of our community,” said Basil Pflumm, scholarship committee chair and Village on the Green resident. “This effort was initiated by two generous residents and has continued to be totally supported by residents since its inception – it truly brings our community together in a meaningful way.”

 

To donate, click here. Checks should be made payable to Central Florida Foundation with Brede-Wilkins Scholarship Fund in the memo field and mailed to Central Florida Foundation, 800 N. Magnolia Avenue, Suite 1200, Orlando, FL 32803. For information on other ways you can give, including a planned gift to the fund, visit cffound.org.

About Sabina Covo

Nombrada como una de las colombo americanas más influyentes en el sur de la Florida por The Americas Community Center and Broward County, y galardonada como uno de los 20 mejores profesionales de menos de 40 años en el sur de Florida por Brickell Magazine en 2013, Sabina Covo cuenta con más de catorce años de experiencia en periodismo, escritura y consultoría en comunicaciones, tanto en Estados Unidos como en América Latina. Ha sido reportera, presentadora de noticias de televisión y radio, y corresponsal de Telemundo 51, donde comenzó su carrera en el año 2000, ha trabajado para Mundofox, Cadena Ser, La W Radio y Caracol, La Televisión Nacional de Austria, Prisa, Canal Cartagena y ADN Chile. incluyendo convenciones nacionales democráticas y republicanas. Sabina ha entrevistado a personalidades como la secretaria de Estado Madeline Albright, los presidentes colombianos Álvaro Uribe y Juan Manuel Santos o la estrella internacional Julio Iglesias para nombrar algunos. Ella ha cubierto elecciones desde 2004 incluyendo convenciones nacionales Sabina Covo fundó su agencia de relaciones públicas Sabina Covo Communications LLC con sede en Coconut Grove en 2014. En 2008 obtuvo un premio Building Our Community Award de la entidad internacional March of Dimes por su trabajo dentro de la organización y en 2009 fue nominada por la Cámara de Comercio de Coral Gables con un “Raising Star Award”. Se graduó de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida con un grado de Comunicaciones y Ciencias Políticas en 2001. Sabina started her career as a journalist in 1999. She graduated with a Communications Degree from Florida International University and has worked as a journalist, TV and Radio Anchor and Reporter for different stations and print publications in Latin America and the US including Caracol, W Radio, Austrian National Television, America Teve, Canal sur, NBC and Telemundo. She served as the director of Media Relations for Gordon Reyes and Associates in Miami and was nominated for a Raising Star Award by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. She has a Building our Community award for her collaboration with the March of Dimes, and is part of Sharing for Kids. Sabina is a columnist for El Nuevo Herald in Miami, and a TV Contributor for America Teve and CNN.

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