November 7, 2018
NICEVILLE, FL – The Northwest Florida State College Foundation held their Annual Scholars and Donors Luncheon on Friday, November 2. This year, the NWF State College Foundation celebrated scholarship recipients, the donors who made their scholarships possible and recognized the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards winners. Held every fall, the luncheon provides an opportunity for students to meet and thank their donors in person. Donors are seated with their scholars and are able to learn first-hand how their generosity impacts students. The Foundation continues to award more than $600,000 dollars in scholarship funding each year to deserving students.
Five NWF Alumni were recognized and awarded as the 2018 Distinguished Alumni: Jeffrey “Mark” Glass – Distinguished Alumni; Sean Dietrich – Against the Odds; Nakara Beliveau – Rising Star; Ryan Bullard – Rising Star; Lowell C. Larson, Jr. – Hometown Hero. Biographies of each Alumni Award Winner can be found on the Foundation’s website.
Members of the Visionary Society were also recognized, including The Eglin Air Force Association (AFA) Chapter 365 who established the Eglin Air Force Association Bob Patterson/Shirley Pigott Scholarship Endowment and the donors who established the Lyn L. Troxler Scholarship Endowment. NWF State College Foundation’s Visionary Society program provides recognition to the elite group of donors committed to building a strong foundation for years to come through the establishment of an endowment.
As the event came to a close, Northwest Florida State College President, Dr. Devin Stephenson, addressed the room, “I am overwhelmed by the generosity in this room and encouraged by the life changers who sit among us. What we have here are those who give unselfishly to help this College secure the future of this region.”
Featured Photo (L to R): NWF College President, Dr. Devin Stephenson; Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Lowell C. Larson, Jr., Jeffrey “Mark” Glass, Ryan Bullard and Nakara Beliveau; NWF Foundation Chair, Chad Hamilton
Photo 2: Crestview Rotary Club members, Deb Gething and Whitney Jacobs, with their scholarship recipient, Skyler Miles.
Photo 3 (L to R): Visionary Society member, Candace Lovell of Eglin Air Force Association; NWF Foundation Chair, Chad Hamilton