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FGCU Physical Plant Endowed Scholarship Receives Fourth Gift from B&I Contractors

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Physical Plant recently received a generous fourth gift from B & I Contractors, Inc. in support of the Physical Plant Endowed Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund financially assists qualified students enrolled in environmental studies, civil engineering or environmental engineering.

B&I Contractors, Inc. president Gary Griffin and vice president Jason Grabowski contributed $5,000 toward the endowment demonstrating a commitment to FGCU students and Physical Plant for a total of $20,000 to the endowment. B&I Contractors, Inc. has served the University by providing mechanical and plumbing services on campus for the last decade.

Scholarship recipient and civil engineering major Krysten Terns is grateful to receive the award. "I am very appreciative to have received the Physical Plant Scholarship. This scholarship has allowed me to help my parents, and to purchase new books so I can keep them for reference in my professional career."

With B&I Contractors' gift, the Physical Plant Endowed Scholarship Fund has received more than $80,000 in contributions since 2007. While serving as an ambassador for the annual employee annual giving campaign, assistant director of Finance and Business Operations for Physical Plant Vikki McConnell realized that collective donations from the department could result in an endowment. Creation of the endowed scholarship fund allows employees in Physical Plant to support both students and its departmental mission.

"Students in our department are a constant reminder of why we are here and who we are here to serve," McConnell said. "Employees contribute to the fund, share information with business and community members, and hope that additional financial support will help more students earn environmental and engineering degrees. The Physical Plant Endowed Scholarship is an opportunity to enhance relationships with business partners as we work together to ensure students become educated in fields of our common interests."

Jim Hehl, director of Physical Plant is grateful to B&I Contractors for their contribution toward FGCU students. "This is something we started in Physical Plant, which makes us very proud. Perhaps other donors will see our employees' generosity and be a part of this collaborative effort to enhance the student growth in engineering and environmental majors and continue to provide opportunities for future FGCU students," Hehl said.

The Physical Plant department at FGCU provides campus operations and maintenance. The department staff is actively involved with students, employing over 100 student workers since 1997, including 65 work study and 13 international students.

For information, media representatives should contact director of Planned Giving Peter Lefferts at (239) 590-1077.

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