Florida Southern College student
LAKELAND, Fla. (Aug. 23, 2004) - Florida Southern College senior Cynthia L. Ford received a scholarship from the George Grier Kirkpatrick, Jr. Scholars Program. Administered by the Florida Independent College Fund (FICF), the program provides scholarships to students in financial need from the north central Florida counties.
Ford is majoring in special education and plans to teach in elementary school. She hopes to continue her education and eventually teach at the college level. She is the daughter of Daniel and Rhonda Ford of Homosassa, Fla.
Senator George Grier Kirkpatrick, Jr. championed education in Florida. His efforts helped create many scholarships including the Minority Teachers Scholarships, Opportunity Scholarships, Step-Up Scholarships, Bright Futures Scholarships, and scholarships from the FICF. His work has enabled tens of thousands of Florida students to build productive careers. The FICF created the Kirkpatrick Scholars Program to honor and continue Kirkpatrick's work.
About Florida Southern College
Founded in 1885, Florida Southern College is a private, comprehensive United Methodist college with a liberal arts core. The college maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 38 undergraduate majors and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student/faculty ratio, provides strong student/faculty mentorship programs, boasts 24 NCAA Division II national championships, and is ranked by U. S. News and World Report as one of the top ten Southern Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelors. Located on scenic Lake Hollingsworth, Florida Southern is the home of the world's largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.