Photo courtesy of the COLLEGE FUND OF PINELLAS COUNTY
The College Fund of Pinellas County’s board of directors for 2014 are, from left, front row: recording secretary Bette Ra Ivey, vice president of student selection Audrey Scheidenhelm, treasurer Sharron Rankine and assistant treasurer Loretta Laws; back row: vice president of public relations Robert Rankine, president James Cordea and vice president of finance Gerald Dominick.
LARGO – The College Fund of Pinellas County held its annual meeting Feb. 28 at the Largo Public Library, kicking off the organization’s fiscal year.
During the meeting, the organization elects officers and sets goals for fundraising and the selection of college grant recipients.
James Cordea of Largo was elected president of the board of directors along with the vice president of student selection Audrey Scheidenhelm, vice president of finance Gerald Dominick, vice president of public relations Robert Rankine, treasurer Sharron Rankine, assistant treasurer Loretta Laws, recording secretary Bette Ra Ivey and corresponding secretary Lawrence Poindexter.
James Rembert of Clearwater retired from the board of directors and was honored for his 25 years of service by being elected as the first emeritus member of the board. Rembert, 93, a 1940 Pinellas High School graduate and the first principal of Ridgecrest Elementary School, joined the College Fund board of directors in 1989 and served as president in 1996. A former U.S. Army Technical Sergeant, Rembert has also been an active leader at Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church in Clearwater.
The College Fund of Pinellas County is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers to raise funds for the college education for highly qualified Pinellas County residents who need financial assistance. Students are selected through a rigorous process involving a review of grades and finances and a personal interview. Grants are typically $1,000 per year in $500 increments dependent upon a review of grades, finances and course load after each semester.
The College Fund has no paid employees. The financial contributions from its directors and advisers exceed its administrative costs, allowing 100 percent of the donations from the public to be used to support students.
Since 1965 the College Fund has awarded nearly one million dollars in scholarships to nearly 700 Pinellas County residents, enabling them to achieve their goal of a college education and thereby improve themselves, their family’s living standard and their role in the community.