The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida will add $1,000 to the Wings of Shelter Scholarship at the FGCU Foundation. The grant was made possible by ticket proceeds and sponsor support from the recent Human Trafficking Symposium held at Florida Gulf Coast University.
According to Sally and Lowell Senitz, Founders of Wings of Shelter and the scholarship, “It is our desire to see that children rescued out of child sex trafficking can have the advantage to benefit from this fund to assist with their opportunity to attend college, Florida Gulf Coast University, the first University in the State of Florida with this scholarship, offers the opportunity for these brave “overcomers” that have strived so highly to be able to attend the University and to have the strong desire to obtain a good future and make a difference in their communities within Florida.”
“Often victims do not have an opportunity to continue their education that may have been disrupted due to enslavement. This scholarship is one element of an essential support system to guide victims from surviving to thriving,” according to Brenda Tate, President of The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida. “We value our working relationship with Wings of Shelter, FGCU’s Foundation and Regional Resource Center on Human Trafficking, along with the U.S. Attorney’s Regional Task Force on Human Trafficking. Our partners are moving the region forward toward the demise of human trafficking.”
“The FGCU Foundation is privileged to work with the Wings of Shelter in providing scholarship assistance to the victims of this horrible crime. We are grateful to The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida for contributing to this fund and setting an example for others to expand the scope of possibilities in helping these young people,” states Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation’s Bill Rice.
Sponsors supporting the Human Trafficking symposium, and helping to make the scholarship contribution possible, include Naples United Church of Christ, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, NCH Health Care System, Collier County Community Foundation, and Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva. Media support was provided by Life in Naples, WGCU Public Media and NBC2.
About The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida
The Women’s Fund is the only non-profit in Southwest Florida focused exclusively on women and girls and was the first to publish academic research assessing the status of women in the area. Signature programs include (1) stopping the sale of our children for sex and (2) economic security for women. The Board of Directors will build a $5 million endowed organization dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in Southwest Florida by 2020. With this sustained funding source, The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida will make significant and sustainable investments in collaborative partnerships, create and fund innovative solutions to complex problems and deliver measurable impact. For more information visit http://www.womensfundflorida.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow The Women’s Fund online at http://facebook.com/womensfundfl and on http://twitter.com/womensfundfl.