Both R. Keith '66 and Patricia D. Sigmon '66, '67 know the value of their Florida State educations, as well as the importance of giving back to their beloved alma mater.
"The University played such an important role in our lives and is largely responsible for any success that we have enjoyed," say the Sigmons. "Florida State feels like home. It feels like family."
Keith, a retired banking executive, earned a bachelor's degree in finance, and Patricia, a career educator and counselor, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in health education—all from Florida State.
Patricia attended Florida State with the assistance of an academic scholarship from the Southern Scholarship Foundation.
"We've been married for 46 years and always hoped that someday we would be in a position to give back," Keith says. "That time is now, and very few things are as rewarding as helping aspiring young men and women achieve their goals and become productive members of society."
The couple worked diligently with the Office of Planned Giving to create a charitable gift plan that best accomplished their philanthropic goals. The Sigmons included a generous bequest to the FSU Foundation in their revocable trust, resulting in two named endowments to provide support for student scholarships.
"Both of us believe very strongly in helping students further their education," Keith says. "We are creating educational endowments for the College of Education through the Southern Scholarship Foundation, and for the College of Business."
Their bequest will ultimately benefit students who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to serving their chosen fields with responsibility and integrity.
But, the Sigmons' generosity didn't end there.
"We are also helping underwrite the costs for the career services conference room at the College of Business Legacy Hall," Keith says. "We believe these gifts are complementary. The scholarships will help students as they begin their college careers, and career services will provide guidance while they are in school and open doors for them as they enter the working world."
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