Jennifer Phelps drew the floor plans for her dream clinic when she was 13. Now the owner of Engage Behavioral Health, the FSU applied behavior analysis (ABA) alumna helps current students achieve their dreams to serve children with autism. “I truly feel blessed to keep the cycle of mentoring FSU graduates going,” she said.
FSU Panama City alumni and donors give back to the campus.
As director of catering at Nike World Headquarters, Lillian Walton has a hand in multiple events each day from detailed parties for executives and athletes to large events for thousands of people. “My day is different every day; that’s why I love catering so much,” she said. “There are no days alike; it changes so frequently within this business.”
Innovations Federal Credit Union is sparking change for FSU Panama City students. The credit union recently committed $32,500 for student scholarships. “Our corporate philosophy emphasizes giving back to the community because this community supports Innovations,” President and CEO David Southall said.
The two-year journey to a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program was completed this summer. After passing a thorough and costly accreditation and approval process, which was funded by the Endowment for the College of Applied Studies, the campus will welcome the first cohort of students Aug. 24.
Students close their textbooks and open their minds with educational initiatives from the STEM Institute. With corporate partners and area volunteers, the organization uses a hands-on approach to learning that brings STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to life.
Because of generous donors, about 175 scholarship recipients are able to afford college each year at FSU Panama City. Endowed scholarships are privately funded and recognize superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character among student recipients who have high financial need.
Electrical engineering students at FSU Panama City must overcome a final real-world challenge before graduation: senior design projects. With the help of community mentors and funding from donors Tom and Donna McCoy, students take their knowledge outside of the classroom to create devises for national defense, communication and environmental preservation.
Since 2001, the FSU Early Childhood Autism Program has helped about 100 children learn countless language, social, cognitive and academic skills. Thanks to donors such as the Bay Health Foundation and the George A. Butchikas Foundation for Autism, ECAP has developed scholarships and a parent resource center to better serve Bay County.
Panhandle Educators Federal Credit Union has supported FSU Panama City for the past 15 years with donations topping $50,000. “As we have grown, we have been able to increase our contributions to our community, which goes back to the roots of the credit union and its philosophy of ‘people helping people’,” President/CEO Greg Frith said.