2016 Jenyethel Merritt Award for Civic Service
Shirley A. Washington is the 2016 Jenyethel Merritt Award for Civic Service Award recipient.
NFCC honored a total of seven outstanding award nominees on June 25 during the Jenyethel Merritt Award for Civic Service Award and Celebration Ceremony at Van H. Priest Auditorium and following Award and Scholarship Banquet in the NFCC Student Center. Nominees honored for their dedication, service and contributions to the NFCC community are Sarah Higginbotham, Dr. Rosalie "Rose" A. Hill, Keysha Horn, Deloris M. Jones, Elesta Pritchett, Flora Woodfaulk and award winner Shirley A. Washington. The award is named in honor of the late Jenyethel Merritt who served as president of the historic Suwannee River Junior College and was the first female president to lead a public Florida community college.
Former FAMU President Dr. Walter L. Smith, author of The "Magnificent Twelve: Florida's Black Junior Colleges", was the guest speaker at the Award and Scholarship Banquet and Dr. Eugene L. White, retired educator and former SRJC band director, provided music for the event. Proceeds from the banquet will benefit student scholarships at NFCC.
NFCC is celebrating the historic Suwannee River Junior College (1959-1966) throughout 2016. This year marks the 50th anniversary of SRJC's merger with NFCC, then North Florida Junior College, in 1966. SRJC played an important role in the history of NFCC, the Florida College System and education in our community.
AFC Communications and Marketing Commission Chair Travis Jordan and AFC Executive Director Michael Brawer present Marcia Mayer with the 2015 LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award at the AFC 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference in Orlando on Nov. 12.
NFCC Alumna Marcia Mayer Awarded 2015 LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award
MADISON, FL – Marcia Mayer, an alumna of North Florida Community College, was honored with the 2015 LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) at the AFC 2015 Annual Meeting and Conference in Orlando on Nov. 12.
NFCC President John Grosskopf escorted Mayer to the podium to receive her award, which is named in honor of LeRoy Collins, former governor of Florida whose leadership was instrumental in establishing the state's community college system. Other special guests attending the ceremony included Mayer’s family and friends, her former NFCC instructors Nita Fico and Jackie Humes, and NFCC Executive Director of Development and External Affairs Dr. Cheryl James.
Mayer was honored with the LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award for dedicating her life to helping others. As a nurse, she has crossed borders and helped thousands of people across the world including malnourished and starving children, expecting mothers with HIV/AIDS, war zone victims and victims of hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, floods and other disasters.
“Marcia is a true success story,” said Grosskopf. “She has made a profound difference in our world and touched many thousands of lives either directly or indirectly through her service and generosity.”
She has served on seven emergency medical missions with Doctors Without Borders, an organization awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize and well known for delivering emergency medical aid. Marcia’s compassionate heart led her to Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Armenia, Cambodia, Sudan and Nigeria, where she traveled across vast landscapes and visited remote villages to help administer treatment and vaccines.
As an outreach nurse she has served with the Flying Doctors of Mercy and Flying Samaritans in Mexico, Solid Rock Missions in the Dominican Republic, Omega Medical Missions in El Salvador, the Nicaraguan Children’s Fund, and Northwest Medical Teams in Liberia and Indonesia.
She deployed eight times with the American Red Cross to help victims of catastrophic hurricanes (including Hurricane Floyd, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Sandy), the South Central Texas floods, and tornadoes in Enterprise and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Countless lives in her own community have been impacted through her work in hospitals, prisons, nursing homes and juvenile psychiatric facilities.
Mayer graduated from NFCC’s Practical Nursing program in 1992, completing her associate degree in nursing at the University of State of New York in 1994. Eight months later, she was in serving in the Peace Corps – “My eyes opened and I could no longer contain my empathy and compassion for those in need. It is hard for me to verbalize the things I have witnessed and the joy that I have shared with others as I have used my talents, gifts, and education throughout the years. I get choked up just thinking of any one of these missions and the lives lost and saved.”
Mayer credits North Florida Community College as her starting point and former NFCC instructors Nita Fico and Jackie Humes for being the strong role models that pushed her to go further and use her talents to the fullest extent. “If it were not for my instructors, Nita Fico and Jackie Humes, pushing me; the closeness of the college to where I lived; and being accepted to the nursing program at NFCC – well, it all never would have happened.”
“I sincerely thank North Florida Community College and my nursing instructors Nita Fico and Jackie Humes,” said Mayer. “Nita and Jackie, because of your encouragement and your confidence in my ability, I took a very giant leap and the windows to the world opened for me. The planet became my workplace. Serving humanity and giving hope has brought endless joy and thousands of tears in to my life. I am forever grateful for every moment.”
Through the years Marcia kept in touch with NFCC, sharing service projects with nursing students so that they could take part in her national and international missions. This year she decided to help more students start their journey at NFCC, just as she did 23 years ago.
In 2015, Marcia partnered with the NFCC Foundation to establish the Fico-Humes-Mayer Scholarship Fund, bequeathing her entire estate to the NFCC Foundation to benefit nursing programs and scholarships at the college and to honor her former instructors. Mayer currently lives in West Palm Beach, Fla.
“Marcia has, through service to others, made a profound and lasting difference on the local, state, national and international level,” said Grosskopf.
NFCC is proud to have Mayer among its alumni and congratulates her on being honored with the prestigious 2015 LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award by the AFC Communications and Marketing Commission.
Madison County Charmettes Chapter Donates $600 to NFCC Foundation
MADISON, FL - The North Florida Community College Foundation has received a $600 donation from The Charmettes, Incorporated’s Madison County Chapter to assist with student scholarships at NFCC. The Charmettes Madison County Chapter Scholarship is offered annually to a Madison County high school senior that has been accepted for admission and is planning to attend NFCC during fall term. Scholarship awards can be used toward tuition, books and fees and those interested in applying should contact their high school guidance counselor for details.
Presenting The Charmettes’ donation to NFCC Executive Director of Development and External Affairs Dr. Cheryl James, far right, are Madison County Chapter members, left to right, Secretary Shirley Barfield, Treasurer Emily Dickey, Nacoya Humphrey, Scholarship Chair Glyndell Presley and President Cheryl Clemons.
The Charmettes, Incorporated is a national civic organization that had its beginnings in 1951 when friends Gwendolyn Baker Rodgers and Frankie Drayton Thomas recognized the need for an organization that would bring together women with similar ideas, principles and backgrounds to organize themselves to utilize their skills, talents and resources for community impact. Today, The Charmettes, Incorporated is a nationally recognized women’s community service organization with 19 chapters active throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
For more information about The Charmettes Madison County Chapter Scholarship, contact the NFCC Foundation at 850-973-9414 or email Foundation@nfcc.edu. For more information about The Charmettes, Incorporated, visit www.thecharmettesinc.org.
W.L. & Neta Carter Foundation Donates $35,000 to NFCC
MADISON, FL – The North Florida Community College Foundation has received a $25,000 donation from the W.L. & Neta Carter Foundation to assist with student scholarships and program support at NFCC. In all, the W.L. & Neta Carter Foundation has donated $35,000 to NFCC this year; the recent $25,000 donation made in August and a $10,000 donation made in February.
“We appreciate the investment that the W.L. & Neta Carter Foundation is making in NFCC and its community,” said Dr. Cheryl James, Executive Director of Development and External Affairs at NFCC. “These funds help us offer scholarships directly to Hamilton County residents and give deserving students a better opportunity to pursue their dreams and get a great education.”
The W.L. & Neta Carter Foundation Scholarship is offered to a Hamilton County resident who has a high school diploma or GED and has been accepted for admission and is planning to attend NFCC. Scholarship awards can be used toward tuition, books and fees.
The NFCC Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for Spring Term 2016 classes that will begin in January. The scholarship application deadline is Dec. 1. Applications are available at nfcc.edu/foundationgiving/scholarships or by contacting the NFCC Foundation office at 850-973-9414 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Representing Hamilton County on the NFCC Foundation Board of Directors are Maceo Howell and Karen Mitchell, Hamilton County School Board.
NFCC and members of the NFCC Foundation Board of Directors accept a $25,000 check from the W.L. & Neta Carter Foundation on Aug. 28 at the Foundation Board’s regularly scheduled meeting. (l-r) NFCC Executive Director of Development and External Affairs Dr. Cheryl James, NFCC Dean of Administrative Services Amelia Mulkey, and NFCC Foundation Board Members Karen Mitchell, Jackie Johnson and Maceo Howell.
NFCC and members of the NFCC Foundation Board of Directors accept a $10,000 check from the W.L. & Neta Carter Foundation in February at NFCC. (l-r) NFCC Foundation Board Member Karen Mitchell, W.L. & Neta Carter Foundation Board Chairman Patrick Sheil, NFCC President John Grosskopf, NFCC Foundation Member Jackie Johnson and Dr. Cheryl James, Executive Director of Development and External Affairs at NFCC.
Lafayette County’s Marion McCray Joins NFCC Foundation Board of Directors
MADISON, FL – Dr. Cheryl James, Executive Director of Development and External Affairs (left), welcomes Marion McCray (right) as the newest member of the North Florida Community College Foundation Board of Directors on Aug. 28, 2015 at the NFCC campus in Madison, FL. McCray represents Lafayette County on the NFCC Foundation Board along with fellow Lafayette County residents Elouise Green and Chan Perry. These Lafayette County representatives join 11 other members on the NFCC Foundation Board, 14 total, that represent all six counties in the NFCC service district - Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor counties. McCray also serves on the School Board of Lafayette County, representing the Third District.
NFCC Receives Edward K. Roberts Fund
MADISON, FL (May 5, 2015) – North Florida Community College has been awarded $40,000 from the Edward K. Roberts Fund of The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. to help NFCC students with their tuition needs through the Edward K. Roberts Scholarship account. This is the fourth consecutive year that NFCC was selected to receive this gift. Edward K. Roberts Scholarships will be available starting Summer 2015 and/or Fall 2015.
Scholarship assistance will be given to students who may not qualify for other financial aid. Students applying for the Edward K. Roberts Scholarship must have graduated high school or earned a GED with a 3.0 GPA. Students must be enrolled at NFCC and planning to register as full-time or part-time student seeking an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree or a Career/Technical certificate. Preference will be given to part-time students who may not qualify for other financial assistance.
In the past four years, the Edward K. Roberts Scholarship has granted 125 students assistance towards tuition expenses. Many thanks to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and a special recognition to Mr. Edward K. Roberts for the role each has played in the lives of many NFCC students.
For more information about the Edward K. Scholarship at NFCC contact the NFCC Foundation office at 850-973-9414 or email@example.com.
Donation continues support of scholarship available to qualifying MCHS students
Wilbur & Randy Rutherford Foundation Makes $20,416 Donation to North Florida Community College Foundation
Deadline to apply for 2015 Wilbur & Randy Rutherford Foundation Scholarship is April 24
MADISON, FL – The Wilbur & Randy Rutherford Foundation was established in memory and honor of its namesakes Wilbur and Randy Rutherford with the intent to help Madison County families pay for college. Its Foundation Board members (past and present) are Pete Cashwell, Donnie Waldrep, Walter Copeland, Tim Sanders, Terry Olive, Bill Hamrick, Ray Griffin, Lee Cherry and Dan Rutherford. The Board began assisting with the annual Rutherford “father and son” cookout, later known as the Rutherford Foundation annual dinner and gun raffle.
This annual event became the Rutherford Foundation’s sole fundraiser, with proceeds benefitting academic scholarships for Madison County High School (MCHS) students in need of financial aid due to life altering occurrences such as catastrophic illness, death of a loved one, or circumstances that otherwise create a hardship for the student to reach their educational goals. The Wilbur & Randy Rutherford Foundation Scholarship is awarded annually to a MCHS senior planning to attend North Florida Community College (NFCC). The scholarship application requires a 250-word essay outlining the student’s situation and educational goals and must be submitted by April 24 to the guidance counselor’s office at MCHS. The scholarship is awarded in May, with award amount based on need.
On behalf of the Rutherford Foundation, Gene and Teresa Rutherford along with Lindsey Rutherford Jones and Kristen Rutherford Tuten presented North Florida Community College Foundation with a check for $20,416.33 on Feb. 27. These funds were raised by the efforts of the Rutherford Foundation Board together with countless family and friends. The donation has been added to the existing Wilbur and Randy Rutherford Scholarship at NFCC.
“The Rutherford family would like to thank the Rutherford Foundation’s Board of Directors, the NFCC Foundation for its continued assistance, and our friends and supporters throughout the community for their hard work and numerous donations of their time, contributions of food for the annual event, tickets for the gun raffle and of course, their monetary donations, said Teresa Rutherford. “It is due to the efforts of many that this tradition continues.”
The NFCC Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit, IRS approved 501©(3) corporation chartered to acquire and receive gifts that support educational programs and help provide financially for the educational needs of NFCC students. Scholarships are awarded three times a year to correspond with the College’s summer, fall and spring terms.
“The generosity and support of our community, such as that extended by the Wilbur & Randy Rutherford Foundation, allows the NFCC Foundation to help students not only in Madison, but throughout the NFCC service district,” said Dr. Cheryl James, Executive Director of Development and External Affairs. “NFCC greatly appreciates the donation made by the Rutherford Foundation. We are proud to continue this partnership that makes such a difference for the MCHS students that receive the scholarship each year.
For more information about the NFCC Foundation or the Wilbur & Randy Rutherford Foundation Scholarship at NFCC, please contact the NFCC Foundation at (850) 973-9414, email Foundation@nfcc.edu or visit www.nfcc.edu (Search: Foundation/Giving).
NFCC President John Grosskopf, third from right, and NFCC Executive Director of Development and External Affairs Dr. Cheryl James, far left, accept a $20,416 scholarship donation check from the Wilbur & Randy Rutherford Foundation on Feb. 27 at NFCC. The check was presented to the NFCC Foundation by, left to right, Teresa and Gene Rutherford, Lindsey Rutherford Jones and Kristen Rutherford Tuten. The donation was made on behalf of the Wilbur & Randy Rutherford Foundation and benefits scholarships for qualifying MCHS seniors planning to attend NFCC.
Partnership opens new scholarship opportunities for Hamilton County students
PotashCorp-White Springs has made a $25,000 donation to the North Florida Community College Foundation as part of its continuing goal to invest in, support and improve the quality of life in its community. The donation will support scholarships reserved for Hamilton County residents entering into STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - programs at North Florida Community College (NFCC), including NFCC’s new Automation and Production Technology program.
Williams presented the check to NFCC President John Grosskopf and Dr. Cheryl James, NFCC Executive Director of Development and External Affairs, on Dec. 12 at the NFCC campus in Madison, Fla. Hamilton County Superintendent of Schools Thomas P. Moffses, Jr. was also on campus for the check presentation.
“The NFCC Foundation appreciates this donation from Potash, Inc.,” said Dr. James. “This donation will increase the number of scholarships that can be offered to Hamilton County residents who attend NFCC.”
PotashCorp-White Springs has been a long-time supporter of education and training opportunities at NFCC. Traditionally, a PotashCorp-White Springs Scholarship (formerly PCS Scholarship) has been awarded to an eligible Hamilton County High School graduate annually through the NFCC Foundation to help cover the cost of tuition, books and fees. Scholarship awards were granted based on students’ GPA, character and involvement in community activities. The scholarship’s focus will now be specifically geared toward assisting Hamilton County students enrolled in STEM related programs at the College that meet set criteria aligned with PotashCorp’s core values and mission.
The NFCC Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit, IRS approved 501©(3) corporation chartered to acquire and receive gifts that support educational programs and help provide financially for the educational needs of NFCC students. For more information about the NFCC Foundation or the PotashCorp Scholarship at NFCC, please contact the NFCC Foundation at (850) 973-9414, email Foundation@nfcc.edu or visit www.nfcc.edu (Search: Foundation/Giving).
Area businesses, community support education at NFCC Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot
The North Florida Community College Foundation hosted its annual Clay Shoot fundraiser on Nov. 1, 2014 and according to Gina Rutherford, Coordinator of External Student Financial Support at NFCC, the event was a huge success. Seventeen teams took part in the event held at Southwind Sporting Clays in Quitman, Georgia. The annual fundraiser benefits student scholarships and educational programs while offering a fun sporting event to the community.