News & Impact Stories
Private support is often the difference between a good university and a truly great university. Private support plays a profound and positive role in our students’ success. Donor support creates learning, service and research opportunities for Florida State students and faculty, and it helps make FSU one of the nation's top universities. Your gifts express support for FSU’s values, community, history and future.
A year and a half after Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation gifted a record $100 million to FSU, the support is transforming the university and creating opportunities for students and business owners for generations to come.
Author: Aileen Mack
(excerpt from The Gainesville Sun)
Over 50 years ago at her freshman orientation, Pam Green couldn’t sleep and was walking around her dormitory at 2 a.m. when she ran into Sally Rhoden. They were both wearing purple hurricanes T-shirts but from their respective high schools in different states.
The accidental meeting sparked a conversation that lasted the rest of the night — and a friendship for years to come.
Author: Robert Branciforte
(excerpt from Florida State University News)
Florida State University’s Dedman School of Hospitality announces the creation of a scholarship honoring an FSU alumnus who leaves a legacy of supporting others.
The Phil LaBrecque Memorial Scholarship will serve as a lasting tribute to LaBrecque, who earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management with a minor in marketing at Florida State in 1970. He died in April at the age of 68.
Author: Erica Martin
(excerpt from FSU Panama City)
A $932,000 gift from the estate of Earldine Ankiewicz will allow FSU Panama City to award at least 20 new scholarships starting in fall 2018.
Ankiewicz, who passed away Jan. 29, 2016, named the scholarship fund after her deceased son and daughter. The “Alex Alfred Ankiewicz and Lucy Elizabeth Ankiewicz Scholarship Endowment” will award scholarships to students enrolled in majors within Florida State’s College of Business or College of Education.
Gentle. Artistic. Perfectionist. This is how Florida State University alumna Jan Kaminis Platt (B.A., ‘58) describes her younger sister, Bobbie Lou Kaminis (B.A., ’64). Raised in Tampa, Florida, Bobbie Lou excelled in the arts and went on to attend Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. However, her distaste for the cold weather lead her to transfer to Florida State University where she continued her studies.
Florida State University moved up five places in the U.S. News & World Report rankings to No. 38 among all public national universities.
FSU had the greatest gain of all of the Top 50 public universities. The rankings appear in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2017” guidebook. Last year, FSU ranked No. 43 among public universities.
FSU Panama City has announced the largest gift in campus history, a $3 million planned gift from Bob and Judy Fleming.
Bob Fleming has named FSU Panama City as a benefactor in his estate to establish the Robert H. and Jacqueline K. Fleming Endowed Scholarship Fund. Jacqueline Fleming, Bob’s late wife, was a teacher who valued education.
Florida State University students who receive private funding through donations to the FSU Foundation write thank you letters to their scholarship donors, often offering a glimpse into their future plans.
For these three College of Fine Arts students, however, words alone couldn’t adequately express their gratitude—they let their talent say “thank you” to their scholarship donors.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University celebrated the launch of Vires, Artes, Mores, the first university-wide recognition society, during the unveiling of a donor recognition wall Friday, May 20, in the lobby of Ruby Diamond Concert Hall in the Westcott Building.
The Vires, Artes, Mores recognition society takes its name from the Latin words found in the university’s seal that mean strength, skill and character. The society recognizes the cumulative giving of Florida State's most generous donors.