On Oct. 6, 2005, the Ocala-based family of the late Clifford "Cliff" and Jeanette Davenport presented a $1 million check to Florida State University. The intimate ceremony honoring the Davenports' gift included President T.K. Wetherell; former Ocala Mayor Jim Kirk; Alumni Association President Barry Adams; children Cliff Davenport Jr., Gene Davenport and Sally Anne Hugli; and grandson the Reverend Rick Hugli. This gift represents a distribution that was made possible through a trust created more than 20 years ago by the late Mr. and Mrs. Davenport.
The Cliff and Jeanette Davenport Scholarship and Loan Fund will be used to give financial assistance to high school graduates from Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam and Sumter counties. Rewards will be given to students interested in attending FSU who have demonstrated an ability to achieve at a high scholastic level but do not have the resources to secure a degree. The funds will allow financial assistance through the four years needed to obtain a degree in management, finance, marketing or public relations.
Though not a graduate of Florida State, Mr. Davenport was one of the prime initiators of the movement to bring coeducation to the Florida State College for Women and to later change its name to Florida State University. His daughter Sally Ann Hugli, a 1957 graduate of FSU, knows that this money will benefit deserving students. "I had a great time at Florida State and didn't want to leave. I think Daddy wanted others to get that experience."
As FSU President T.K. Wetherell notes, "This gift was made possible by donors who planned ahead. We are extremely grateful to all of the individuals who leave a legacy at Florida State, and the Davenports set a great example for others to follow."
During October and November, the FSU Foundation received notification of several other bequest commitments from loyal members of the FSU family who designated their bequest gifts to undergraduate student scholarships. Some of their stories are highlighted inside, and we hope you enjoy reading about them. We intend to continue to share these wonderful stories in future issues of our newsletter.
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