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Friends, Family Remember Carol Luedecke's Caring with Arts Scholarship Gift

09/04/2001

DESTIN ---There was a determination and drive about Carol Luedecke that was contagious. When she wasn't working on developing her next business concept, Luedecke was volunteering somewhere in the community helping others.

It was because of Carol Luedecke's caring spirit that the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation has contributed $12,000 to establish a permanent scholarship endowment at Okaloosa-Walton Community College in memory of the late Destin businesswoman and arts patron.

"Carol would have been thrilled by this," said John Luedecke of his wife who recently died after a courageous battle with cancer. "The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation decision to fund the scholarship is really an out pouring of love from so many of her friends and business acquaintances."

Luedecke said Carol's dynamic personality and success "was grounded in a deep belief in ethics, in constantly striving to improve, and in a personal commitment. She was also very concerned about those who were less fortunate than others and was anxious to lend a helping hand."

Beverly McNeil, chair of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Scholarship Committee, said many friends and companies contributed the funds to help establish the scholarship "because Carol just made you feel good to be around her. Carol gave such marvelous support to our arts foundation."

McNeil said the Carol Luedecke Performing Arts Scholarship will provide financial assistance to students in OWCC's arts program. "Carol gave all of us so much encouragement, and now her scholarship will do the same for students in the arts program" said McNeil. She also said a requirement for the scholarship will be for the recipient to enroll in the college's Business Ethics course.

OWCC Foundation president Herb Tinsley said the Luedecke Scholarship gift from the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation "demonstrates how two organizations can work together to support education. We were saddened by the loss of Carol Luedecke, but her legacy will live on through students who receive this scholarship."

Tinsley explained the Luedecke Scholarship contribution is eligible for matching funds from the Florida Academic Improvement Trust Fund and increase the total endowment gift to $20,000. Earnings from the endowment will provide financial assistance to students. The first Luedecke Scholarship will be awarded for Fall 2002.

For information on establishing a scholarship fund or other charitable giving opportunities, contact the OWCC Foundation at 729-5357.