The Florida Endowment Foundation for Florida Graduates is having their annual contest for Florida students to win seed money totaling $10,000 to help alumni realize their goals.
In order to enter, students must post a photograph and essay detailing their plan on the Foundation’s Facebook page. The entries with the most “likes” will then be judged for clarity and soundness by industry experts. Alumni with the most inspirational plans will be awarded up to $5,000. “This contest provides students with a little rocket fuel to make their dreams come true,” said Beaven.
“Our mission is to help students maximize their future opportunities, and this is the next step to making sure we continue to do that even after they graduate,” said the Foundation’s CEO, Heather Beaven. The winners will receive capital to start a business, attend college, or jump-start military service.
The prize funds must be used for the purposes explained in the essay and will be provided directly to the college or used to purchase items, goods or services needed to achieve the students’ goals. The contest is open to students at least 18 years of age who have completed one of the Foundation’s programs, including Jobs for Florida’s Graduates, Girls Get I.T., SUPERB, or VOiCE between 2003 and 2014.
The Foundation mentors students throughout Florida including Gadsden, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Volusia, Orange, Brevard, Flagler, Seminole, Putnam, Gilchrist, Jackson, Martin, Duval, Suwannee, Bradford, Nassau, Sarasota, Citrus, Levi, Marion, St. Johns, and Broward Counties. “We have had the privilege of working with over 20,000 students. Their success has been noticed by a long list of supporters and we hope our alumni stories will provide further examples that STEM training, digital arts, leadership, character development, service learning and career planning are vital to our economy,” said Beaven.
The Foundation has been been supported by the Florida Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, Cisco Enterprises, NASA, AT&T, Corinthian Colleges, STEM Florida, Verizon Wireless, NOVA Southeastern University, Wal-Mart and Jobs for America’s Graduates.
Students must submit their entries via The Foundation Facebook page by June 16, 2015. Facebook “likes” will be tallied June 23, and entries with the most “likes” will then be judged and winners announced on July 1, 2015.
About the Florida Endowment Foundation for Florida’s Graduates (the Foundation)
The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Flagler County. The Foundation is dedicated to providing support to students through critical transitions in their lives and careers. Its programs include Jobs for Florida’s Graduates, Girls Get I.T., VOiCE and SUPERB, which are designed to give students the tools they need to be fully prepared for high school, college, work, military service and/or entrepreneurship.