September 4, 2007 – The FSU Seminole Club of NYC moved into action immediately after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. By September 17, 2001, the club had established the first scholarship fund to assist victims of the 9/11 attacks. The scholarship fund will help send a relative of a victim of the attacks to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. With the help of major donors Chris and Andrea Diamantis, the fund was endowed in August. Chris is a FSU Booster Inner Council Board Member and Chairman and CEO of Millennium Settlements.
The club's president in 2001, Christopher Jaskiewicz, says: "In the aftermath of the attack, we believed a great way to honor victims would be to send a child or relative to FSU, which we know to be a special place. Thanks to our club leaders, donors, and FSU Boosters, the vision is now a reality." Chris is the chief operating officer of real estate company Gotham Organization, Inc.
"We are proud of what we have accomplished as an alumni club far from our alma mater. As New Yorkers, we are prouder still that we are able to help a victim's relative attend our beloved Florida State University," says current club president, Adrianne Mellen, the Director of Special Events for the March of Dimes - NY Division.
A major donation was also provided by David Ford, a FSU Board of Trustee Member and New York resident. The FSU Seminole Boosters assisted with several fundraising events, including one in Manhattan where FSU Football Head Coach Bobby Bowden and former FSU quarterback and Heisman award winner Charlie Ward appeared. The rest of the fund was donated by generous Florida State alumni from around the country.
Chris Diamantis says: "When Chris Jaskiewicz talked to me about the fund, my initial reaction was that this is a great idea that could even be made better by expanding potential recipients to relatives of first responders who did not die – medics, construction workers, and others who worked on the site in the days following the attack. As we have come to learn, these people are suffering. I am proud to contribute to the victims of 911 and to FSU for this cause and think the club should be applauded for coming up with the idea and having the wherewithal to get it endowed."
Each recipient of a scholarship shall be known as a FSU-NYC September 11 Scholar. The amount of the endowment is $ 25,000 and the next goal of the club is to raise $100,000, which would entitle the fund to a $50,000 grant from the state of Florida.
The FSU Seminole Club of NYC, Inc. is a not for profit, charitable organization that is part of a network of Seminole Clubs worldwide and is comprised of FSU Alumni, Boosters and friends in the New York metropolitan area.
FSU ALUMNI CLUB ENDOWS FIRST 9/11 SCHOLARSHIP
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