Dean and Alice Fjelstul began supporting Florida Gulf Coast University a decade ago with a First Generation Scholarship. Then they attended the President's Scholarship Luncheon and met their scholarship recipients.
"I was so impressed with our students that I wrote another check as we left the luncheon," Dean Fjestul says. "I was fortunate to come from a family where we never thought 'Should I go to college?' We just knew we would and we did. These students didn't have that advantage, but through hard work and persistence, they, too, made it to college."
The Bonita Springs couple have remained enthusiastic donors, recently establishing two charitable gift annuities through which they receive a fixed income for life as well as tax savings and which will fund life-changing educational opportunities for students for years to come.
"I am a third-generation college student," says Alice Fjelstul. "I realize how important an education is to a person. You cannot succeed without it."
Adds her husband, "The students we now support are talented, but they needed help to get to college. We all need to help others like them get there. It is critical, not just for these individuals, but for our society as a whole."