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Mina Edison Society’s Focus on Excellence Event raises awareness and scholarship funds for Florida SouthWestern State College Students

Florida SouthWestern (FSW) State College students shared how scholarships made their dreams possible for more than 150 attendees at the Mina Edison Society’s Focus on Excellence signature annual event Oct. 30. Busey Wealth Management was the title sponsor.

The event raised $40,425 for scholarships for academic excellence at the college. With enrollment at the college growing to more than 22,000 students, the goal of the Mina Edison Society is to triple annually the number of scholarships granted. Since its founding in 2007, the Mina Edison Society’s endowed fund has distributed $72,000.

The event at The Forest Country Club in Fort Myers with networking, a student expo and awards, featured a keynote address by Dr. Eileen DeLuca, FSW provost and vice president of student affairs highlighting the bright future of the growing home-town college.

“Mina Edison Society is a network of influential professionals providing leadership and scholarships to students,” said Victoria Stephan, director of development institutional advancement, Mina Edison Society. “We are grateful for the investments these leaders provide. They have big hearts and truly understand how education changes lives.”

Susan Kyle, a well-known philanthropist, community leader and advocate for quality education, was recognized at the luncheon with the annual Mina Edison Society’s signature Luminary Award in honor of namesake Mina Edison, a philanthropist, activist and self-titled “home executive” who was a firm believer in education. Mina was the business force behind her husband, inventor Thomas A. Edison, while raising three of his children and three of their own. The Luminary Award honors an individual or organization who has attained eminence in their field and who encourages and motivates others to do the highest good.

About Mina Edison Society

Mina Edison Society is a network of influential professionals providing leadership, mentoring and scholarships to students of Florida SouthWestern State College. Founded in 2007, the Mina Edison Society continues today, demonstrating the philanthropic and entrepreneurial values of Fort Myers’ matriarch, Mina Edison. For more information visit foundation.fsw.edu/mina-edison-society/ or call 239-489-9210.

About Florida SouthWestern State College Foundation

The Florida SouthWestern State College Foundation’s mission is to support the academic vision and priorities of FSW State College by underwriting student success, securing fundraising and honoring donor intent. The Foundation provides close to $2 million in student scholarships and program support to benefit the over 22,000 students FSW serves annually. The Foundation provides support for academic programs, new technology for classrooms and new or improved facilities. For more information, visit foundation.fsw.edu.

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