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Earn to Learn FL raises more than $135,000 at Mentors of IMPACT gala

Earn to Learn FL raised over $135,000 through its Mentors of IMPACT gala to help additional Florida students pursue a brighter future through a college education.

Mentors of IMPACT, held Feb. 19 at The Club at Mediterra, recognized the achievements of eight individuals who have inspired others in the community through mentoring: Joe Catti (FineMark National Bank, Alise Bartley, Ph.D. (Mental Health Crusader), Kellie Burns (NBC2), Myra Daniels (Philanthropist), Gail Markham (Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A.), Michael Martin, Ph.D. (Florida Gulf Coast University), Susan McManus (Champions for Learning) and Mark Stevens (Stevens Construction).

More than 200 people attended Mentors of IMPACT, which included a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, networking opportunities, an auction and a keynote address by Babcock Ranch founder Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners. All pledges and donations made during the event were matched through the Florida Prepaid College Foundation’s Stanley Tate Project STARS Scholarship, doubling the gala’s impact.

“So many students have the academic talents and desire to succeed in college, but their access to education is limited because of finances,” said Brenda Tate, founder and CEO of Earn to Learn FL. “Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters at Mentors of IMPACT, including the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, we’ll be able to help more students pursue a degree and ultimately the career path of their choice.”

Earn to Learn FL is a matched-savings program that offers personalized financial capability training and success coaching to students across Florida, with a goal of having students graduate with minimal or no debt. Students who complete training requirements and save $500 of their own money can receive up to $4,000 annually in financial assistance through Earn to Learn FL’s corporate partnerships and sponsorships.

Funds donated at the gala will be doubled through the Florida Prepaid College Foundation’s STARS program.

Tate shared the nonprofit organization’s accomplishments during 2019:

  • 62 students from 14 colleges and universities received financial assistance
  • 113 students completed the financial literacy course
  • 50 new students opened savings accounts through Earn to Learn FL
  • Students in the program recorded an average GPA of 3.45


About Earn to Learn FL

Earn to Learn FL empowers low-to-moderate income students in Florida to earn college degrees and professional certifications with little or no debt through matched-savings, personalized financial capability training, and success coaching. Eligible students who establish a habit of saving for higher education can receive matching funds for financial assistance provided by Earn to Learn FL supporters committed to enhancing workforce development and the economic well-being of Florida communities. For more information, please visit EarnToLearnFL.org or call 239-908-0301.

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