Pulse Memorial Scholarship

$3,799 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 54 people in 21 months
Carlos Carbonell
for Valencia College Foundation, Inc.
 ORLANDO, FL
UPDATE: As of April 11, we are at $22,642 donated directly to Valencia Foundation. The GoFundMe can get us to our goal, please keep donations coming and we can award scholarships this summer! 

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On June 12th, our community was shaken to its core. We lost many souls, people's families were ripped apart and futures were stopped short. Those left behind have long roads ahead - not only in physical and emotional healing, but also in piecing back normalcy and regaining control of their lives. 

Two of the communities most impacted were LGBTQ and Hispanic (or Latinx now used as an inclusive term).  
Both of these groups have typically encountered roadblocks in gaining educational and financial advantages (high school graduation rates amongts Latinx people are lower than other groups and only 15% of young Hispanics have college degrees;  40% of homeless youth is LGBTQ and a percentage of gay youth who experiences harrasment in high school chooses not to go to college). 

As both gay and latino, I know first hand that it was through education that I not only was able to shape my future as an immigrant in this country, but also be empowered as a gay man while in a non-inclusive world many years ago to stand proud regardless of any adversity. As our society changes and becomes more inclusive, and becomes aware of all segments in our society that are in need, we can send a message to those communities and provide them with a symbolic and tangible way to be educated, to evolve and to be empowered. 

This is why I am supporting the Valencia College Foundation, which I am on the board of, in their mission to have an endowed scholarship in memory of the Pulse tragedy.  A scholarship committee composed of members of faculty and staff, as well as students who stepped up, has raised over $22,642 [UPDATED].

With $7,500 more, this scholarship can be an endowed scholarship, and forever continue to change people's lives, in memory of the events in our community. 

As we meet that goal, we can also continue the message of love, support and empowerment, to those who can attend the University of Central Florida. I have started the proceedings to register a similar scholarship with the same name at UCF and after we finish raising funds for the Valencia College scholarship, funds raised through this account can go to the UCF scholarship.  

·         Every penny raised (after gofundme fees) will go directly to the Valencia College PULSE Memorial LGBT Scholarship.

·         For those who prefer to donate by check, please see below:
Valencia College Foundation
PO Box 3028
Orlando, FL 32802
(Memo should note “PULSE”)

·         Valencia College Foundation is a separate, not-for-profit, IRS approved 501(c)(3) corporation chartered in 1974 to provide financially for the educational needs of Valencia College that cannot be met through state aid or student tuition income.

·         For additional questions you can contact me or Barbara Shell, Valencia College Foundation
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We are now at $22,642 raised (because a lot of you are donating directly to Valencia Foundation, the change isn't reflected in the amount on Gofundme). We have thousands more committed so we are very close! Help us by spreading the word a bit more. Also, mark the date, we will announce scholarship recipients as well as thank you, the donors, on June 8th. Invitations will be forthcoming.
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The Foundation has now received $18,964 from direct donations, and surely spreading the word has helped. We are closer to our total goal of $30,000. If we can raise another $12,000 via GoFundMe, we can reach that goal soon and get the scholarship endowed! I reduced the goal to $12K from $15K. Please help by asking friends directly if they can donate.
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Cynthienia
6 months ago

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$3,799 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 54 people in 21 months
Created February 2, 2017
Funds raised will benefit:
Valencia College Foundation, Inc.
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Orlando, FL
EIN: 237442785
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Orlando Fontanez
19 months ago

Happy to help.

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Believing in good things for all.

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