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Endowment for Florida Campus students reaches full funding

When the Mid-Florida Chiropractic Society (MFCS) created a scholarship fund for deserving Florida Campus students in 2006, its goal was to raise $50,000 to establish an endowed scholarship. It also had provisions to award a total of $10,000 in gift scholarships—with one $2,000 gift being granted each year for five years.

In 2010, MFCS exceeded both of these goals by raising $62,500 for the endowed scholarship and $10,500 for the gift scholarships for a total of $73,000. This impressive amount was raised by an organization of both Palmer alumni and graduates from other chiropractic colleges.

Says Micah Richeson, D.C., a Parker College graduate, “For me it is about supporting chiropractic, not just a particular institution. I help people every day through chiropractic and want others to be able to do that also; by helping this school it helps the advancement of chiropractic education.”

Michael Chance, D.C., Davenport, ’78, one of the MFCS members to propose the endowed scholarship, remembers coordinating the first “Swing Back into Spring” golf tournament—which has been the society’s primary fundraiser—with Keith Richeson, D.C., Davenport ’75.

Dr. Chance also credits MFCS president John Frazier, D.C., Davenport ’94, and subsequent presidents Dr. Richeson and David West, D.C., Davenport ’00, as key players in making the now annual golf tournament a success.

In order to be eligible for the annual scholarships, applicants must be full-time Florida Campus students, come from nearby Florida counties, be in good standing and have enrolled in the 2nd or above quarter by that spring’s quarter. In the Fall of 2011, the first scholarship to come from the endowment will be awarded.

Says Florida Campus President Dr. Peter Martin, “The generosity of the Mid-Florida Chiropractic Society has and will continue to touch the lives of deserving students. The scholarships seek to reward those students who have exhibited strong scholastic abilities and the desire to serve others through their extracurricular activities, traits that will carry over into successful practices after graduation.”

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