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Northern Trust Establishes FGCU Scholarship Fund in Support of University Programs

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation received a $100,000 pledge from Northern Trust to create the Northern Trust Scholarship Endowed Fund, in support of University programs, including a $25,000 endowed scholarship for student leaders.

Eligible students for the scholarship are juniors and seniors at the University who are undergraduate leaders, and are members of the Lead Team at FGCU, with special interest in campus leadership programs and activities, student organizations, and community involvement.

The "Lead Team" is a service-oriented board devoted to enhancing the potential of student organizations within the FGCU community by providing resources, consultations, and training workshops that will provide and build upon a solid leadership foundation.

"We are grateful for the support Northern Trust has bestowed upon our programs and students," said Dr. Rosemary Thomas, FGCU vice president and Foundation executive director. "Its commitment to investing in the future of our exceptional student leaders is steadfast, and we are honored Northern Trust has entrusted the FGCU Foundation with this gift that will continue to develop excellence in tomorrow's leaders."

John Fumagalli, Northern Trust president and chief executive officer for the West Florida region is committed to supporting education for the next generation of leaders. "Through this scholarship, Northern Trust is proud to assist in the development of student leaders at FGCU, who will reflect a positive image in the community and beyond."

Fumagalli is vice chairperson of the FGCU Foundation Board. He has served on the FGCU Foundation Board since 2007. As the FGCU Foundation Board vice chairperson, he serves as chairman of the Development Committee.

"My experience with leadership programs at FGCU has been outstanding," said freshman Jordan Nation of Sunrise, Fla. "I participated in many programs hosted by Leadership Development including Emerging Eagles, Leadership Academy, Leadership Summit, and LeaderShape Catalyst. Each program uses a different approach to help students develop leadership, motivating and inspiring participants to do great things for the FGCU community."

Northern Trust is a leading provider of investment management, asset and fund administration, banking solutions and fiduciary services to corporations, institutions and affluent individuals worldwide. Northern Trust has offices throughout Florida including Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Naples.

For more information, media representatives should contact Director of Advancement Darlene McCloud at (239) 590-7638.


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