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University lands $2 million gift

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  • | 10:17 a.m. May 29, 2014
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FORT MYERS — Community Health Association, a nonprofit foundation, pledged $2 million to help students from Lehigh Acres earn health care degrees at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Lehigh Acres is an unincorporated area of Lee County located east of Interstate 75. It's a residential area from which many people commute to Fort Myers and Naples for work.

“We are deeply grateful for CHA's long tradition of support as well as the board's foresight in anticipating the long-term needs of the community,” FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw says in a statement. “These scholarships will make a significant impact on the personal and professional lives of our students, while producing skilled graduates to meet regional workforce demands.”

In 1998, CHA established a tuition assistance endowment with the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation to support Lehigh Acres residents pursuing degrees in health-related fields. These need-based scholarships will be awarded to students from Lehigh Acres who are in good academic standing at the university. Priority will be given to students accepted into the nursing program, students enrolled in the other health-related degree programs within the college of health professions and social work, and students enrolled in the college of education.


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