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Local Residents Establish First Endowed Scholarship at FGCU to Benefit Learning Disabled

FORT MYERS, FL - David and Karen Crowther recently established the first endowed scholarship at Florida Gulf Coast University that will financially assist students with learning disabilities annually in perpetuity.

The first David and Karen Crowther Scholarship will be awarded this summer for the 2007-08 academic year. Students with documented learning disabilities may apply for the scholarship on-line now at and clicking on the scholarship icon.

From personal experience, the Crowther family knows that students with learning disabilities are more than capable of competing in the academic arena and earning degrees. They have found students with learning disabilities to be dedicated to their education goals, studying late into the night and waking early to begin again. This schedule leaves little time for friends or work, which is often critical to cover their educational expenses.

In spite of these challenges or perhaps because of them, these students remain committed and passionate about the fields they have chosen. This also has been the case with their daughter Savannah who has a learning disability and is now earning a college degree in Early Childhood Education in order to help children with similar learning disabilities.

"We are extremely grateful to the Crowthers for this scholarship. It will help qualified students with learning disabilities achieve their educational goals. Perhaps more importantly, this scholarship will encourage these students, giving them a feeling of self-accomplishment," Cori Bright, director of Adaptive Services at FGCU said.

David and Karen Crowther attended the President's Celebration silent auction in February and noticed scholarships among the bid offerings. "We saw this as an opportunity to help others," David Crowther said. "We simply want other kids to have the same opportunity as Savannah has been fortunate enough to have," Karen Crowther continued.

For more information, contact senior director of Advancement Judie Cassidy at (239) 590-1058.

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