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Children of Fallen Soldiers Receive College Scholarships

10/29/2004

CONTACT: Nina Banister or Justin Glover  (850) 413-2842
 
MIAMI – During a ceremony today at the United States Southern Command headquarters in Miami, 24 college scholarships were presented to the children of Florida service men and women who lost their lives while bravely fighting in Iraq.  The scholarships were provided through the Florida Prepaid College Foundation Board.
 
Each child received a four-year university tuition plan, four-year university local fee plan and one-year dormitory plan.  Joining Florida Prepaid College Foundation Chairman Stanley G. Tate in honoring Florida's fallen soldiers, their families and their children were Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher and General James Hill, Commander, U.S. Southern Command.
 
"Rebuilding lives after losing a loved one takes courage and support from others," said Gallagher. "These scholarships will help offset the cost of higher education for the children and spouses of Florida service men and women who bravely risked their lives and died fighting for freedom."
 
In Memory
Petty Officer Michael Anderson
Petty Officer Nathan Bruckenthal
Petty Officer Trace Dossett
Captain Daniel W. Eggers
Petty Officer Ronald Ginther
SFC Curtis Mancini
Sgt. Arthur Mastrapa
Spc. Robert D. Roberts
Staff Sgt. Wentz Shannaberger
CWO Aaron Weaver
Sgt. Roy Wood
Sgt. Pamela Osbourne
 
When the children are ready for college, their scholarship will cover the actual cost at any of Florida's 11 public universities or 28 community colleges, or the value of their scholarship may be transferred to most private colleges in Florida, select technical schools and most out-of-state colleges.
 
The Florida Prepaid College Foundation is the charitable direct support organization for the Florida Prepaid College Board, which manages the Florida Prepaid College Plan and the new Florida College Investment Plan.