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UWF, PSC receive $1 million gift to fund scholarships

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida (UWF) and Pensacola State College (PSC) announced today a $1 million gift from Quint and Rishy Studer to fund scholarships for graduating high school seniors in the City of Pensacola.

The Pensacola Pledge Scholar Program will provide financial support for graduating seniors of Escambia County Public Schools who are residents of Pensacola to attend either UWF or PSC. The announcement was made today at a press conference at Pensacola High School.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the Pensacola community,” said Escambia County Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas. “Many students now have the possibility to continue their education in our outstanding local colleges because of the generous efforts of Quint and Rishy Studer.”

Pensacola Pledge Scholar recipients meeting the admission requirements to attend UWF will receive $2,000 per academic year, and recipients meeting the admission requirements to attend PSC will receive $1,200 per academic year.

“Quint and I are grateful to be in the position to continue to invest in our area,” said Rishy Studer. “We have great confidence in Pensacola’s young people, the school district, the direction of the city and the quality of education offered at UWF and PSC. It is our hope that this contribution will help today’s young people become Pensacola’s leaders and contributors in the future.”

“This gift is momentous, certainly monetarily at $1 million dollars,” said UWF President Judith Bense. “But beyond the dollars, it is the impact on our young people that is so special.”

High school students from the City of Pensacola who apply and are selected will be able to begin their education at PSC or UWF, transfer from PSC to UWF and complete a bachelor’s degree at either institution, said PSC President Ed Meadows.

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