This fall marks the one-year anniversary of the founding of the Women of Vision Fund of Flagler College. The mission of the Fund is to establish scholarships and opportunities for women attending Flagler College and to create an endowment fund for these endeavors. In its first year, the Women of Vison Fund raised over $95,000, established a Women of Vision Scholarship Endowment Fund and provided scholarships for two students. Plans are underway for new fundraising initiatives, events and scholarship awards in the coming year.
The Women of Vision Fund was spearheaded in 2014 by Dr. Beverly Copeland Carmichael, a member of the collegeâ€™s first graduating class, and Robin Cooper, the Women of Vision Advisory Boardâ€™s first chair. In May 2015, the Women of Vision hosted an inaugural Power of the PurseÂ® fundraising event that brought a record crowd to Flaglerâ€™s historic Dining Hall. Also in 2015, scholarships were awarded to two deserving Flagler College students: Chloe Petito, a St. Augustine native double-majoring in Accounting and Economics; and Shannon Schmidt, an active Student Government participant double-majoring in History and English.
â€œWomen of Vision does more than contribute financially to young women in pursuit of meaningful careers,â€ said Schmidt.Â â€œThe scholarship program asserts the need for women to support and celebrate one another.Â Todayâ€™s colleges should feel compelled to participate in our worldâ€™s dialogue on the empowerment of women through education.Â By supporting the education and empowerment of women through the Women of Vision, Flagler College makes a worthy contribution to that dialogue.â€
â€œReceiving this scholarship has not only given me confidence to move forward into my education but has also put my mind at ease,â€ said Petito. â€œKnowing that I have a strong foundation of women behind my accomplishments will help me to succeed not just in school but also throughout my life.â€
Women of Vision Advisory Board members were united in their assessment of the success of the Fundâ€™s first year of activity. â€œI am proud to be on the Women of Vision Board and to have been part of its wonderful first event,â€ said Board member Ann King. â€œThe Power of the PurseÂ® event achieved everything we intended: it raised awareness of the need for an endowment for women, and it brought the community and the College together for a wonderful afternoon of action, lunch, and lecture. I look forward to the 2016 event!â€
Robin Cooper, Board Chair for 2015, agreed. â€œThe inaugural Power of the PurseÂ® event required a huge time commitment and a lot of work, and in the end it proved to be more than worth it,â€ she said. â€œIt was enjoyable to work with such an amazing group of dedicated women. The Executive Committee has been hard at work all summer, and I look forward to working on next yearâ€™s event. Our goal is to once again fill the beautiful Flagler College Dining Hall and to break last yearâ€™s record attendance.â€
For more information about the fund and how to give, visit www.flagler.edu/wov.