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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.

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Private Support Allows Senior to Give Back Through Community Service

“Private support can have a ripple effect—by supporting one student, you, in turn, can positively impact a multitude of students’ experiences,” said Florida State University student Qaree Dreher. A public relations senior, Dreher’s leadership and participation in several of Florida State’s service organizations has helped enhance both the FSU campus and the Tallahassee community at large. But without the private support he received, Dreher’s undergraduate experience would not have been the same.

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Chastains increase gift to $1.5 million to further enhance eminent scholar chair in real estate

J. Harold Chastain (pictured, middle) has said that the Florida State University College of Business prepared him for successful careers in banking and real estate. As a way to show his gratitude, the 1955 graduate and his wife, Barbara, have been generous supporters of the college, and their giving continues to grow.

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Brian and Kathryn Ballard

Brian and Kathryn Ballard donate building to house entrepreneurship school

Brian Ballard, CEO of Ballard Partners, and Kathryn Ballard, a Florida State University alumna and member of the FSU Board of Trustees, are giving the university a building valued at $1.1 million in downtown Tallahassee that will serve as the home of the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship and the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship and will be the physical centerpiece of Florida State’s “entrepreneurial university” initiative.

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Victoria Sunnergren

Student Spotlight: Art History Senior Receives Private Support for Native American Research

Florida State University senior Victoria Sunnergren is dedicated to dismantling preconceptions. An art history and religion double major, Sunnergren participated in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program as a freshman in hopes to be taken seriously as a scholar.

“As an art history major, you hear a lot of jokes about how easy the classes are and how limited the job prospects are,” she said. “UROP let me take what I was learning as an art history major and apply it to research that is relevant to my career interests.”

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JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

JM Family Enterprises, Inc. creates four-year scholarship

$1.2 million gift establishes the JM Family Enterprises African-American Youth Achiever Endowed Scholarship

College-bound African-American high school seniors from South Florida will be able to compete for full, four-year academic scholarships to Florida State University, thanks to a $1.2 million gift from JM Family Enterprises, Inc. that establishes the African-American Youth Achiever Endowed Scholarship.

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Florida State University Receives $100M to Create The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University announced today the largest gift in its history — $100 million — from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation to honor the late Jim Moran and create what will be the nation’s largest interdisciplinary, degree-granting school of entrepreneurship.

The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship will stand alone, offering and greatly expanding the entrepreneurship courses currently taught in the College of Business and making them available to all FSU students.

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Scholarship Creates a Unique Bond Between Students and Donor

The Joyce B. and Bob L. Miles Scholarship in Human Sciences supports Florida State University College of Human Sciences students financially but also provides another valuable resource—academic and career guidance from the scholarship donors.

Joyce, a consumer and family sciences alumna of Purdue University with a master’s in vocational education from Florida State, and Bob, an engineering alumnus of Purdue, awarded their first scholarship in 2014 to Amanda Messingschlager, a senior family and child sciences major.

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Chuck Hardwick

New Gift From Chuck Hardwick Establishes Marketing Fellowship Endowment

Throughout an almost 40-year, high-level career at one of the nation’s largest multinational pharmaceutical companies, a successful political career as a New Jersey assembly man and an appointment by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as a leader on the NYC Council on the Environment, Chuck Hardwick has remained loyal to his alma mater, Florida State University. 

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Mark and Nan Hillis Continue Their Generous Support of Their Alma Mater

Over the years, Florida State University College of Business graduates Mark and Nan Casper Hillis have shown their loyalty and support to the university in countless ways.

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Barbara Dietrick

Student Spotlight: FSU Biological Sciences Senior Wins Endowed Research Award

As author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek once wrote, “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.” Florida State University senior Barbara Dietrick embodies the latter of this sentiment in more ways than one—from her involvement in Greek life and student athletics to leadership positions and undergraduate research.

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