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$78,000 in UPS Scholarships Awarded to Students at Florida’s Private Colleges and Universities

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


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Tallahassee, Fla. – Thirty low-income students attending Florida private colleges and universities recently received a combined total of $78,000 in UPS Scholarship awards. Distributed by the Florida Independent College Fund (FICF), students each received $2,600 that can be used toward tuition and college expenses. The scholarships are made possible by a grant from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C.

“The path to better career and economic opportunity is through higher education,” said Dr. Ed Moore, president of the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida (ICUF). “Florida’s low-income students deserve these same opportunities and I am grateful to the UPS Educational Endowment Fund for supporting them in their efforts to obtain a degree.”

Nationally, CIC and the UPS Foundation teamed up to provide nearly $1.5 million in student scholarships this year, which are being distributed through state-based private college associations around the country.

“Helping to make college affordable for students from underserved populations is a truly critical need in our society, and it is rewarding to know that The UPS Foundation is addressing this important issue head-on,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “The independent colleges and universities in this country have a remarkable track record in educating and graduating low-income and first generation students, so it is natural that The UPS Foundation would want to work through CIC and its member institutions in this special scholarship program.”

Florida students receiving a UPS Scholarship attend ICUF member institutions, including Adventist University of Health Sciences, Edward Waters College and Nova Southeastern University.

“UPS’s long-standing policies and inclusive culture make it one of the most diverse companies in the world. The UPS Foundation is committed to support effective programs—like the UPS Scholarship program through CIC—that provide diverse populations with advancement opportunities,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation. “Key partners such as CIC help to advance our mission. The UPS Scholarship program has made a college education possible for more than 19,000 low-income and first generation students and has had a transformative impact on individual lives, on families, and on communities across this country. UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $110 million in charitable giving around the world, including more than 2.3 million hours of volunteer service, to local communities around the world in 2015.”

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The Florida Independent College Fund (FICF) is a not-for-profit organization working closely with the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) to expand access to higher education for all students. These organizations represent 30 private, non-profit educational institutions based in Florida and accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Serving nearly 155,000 students at 125 sites throughout the state, FICF/ICUF institutions offer programs at main campuses, branch campuses in communities, and state colleges, as well as more than 500 fully online degree and graduate certificate programs. For more information, please visit

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