USF receives $2M for minority students

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 13, 2008


The same nonprofit foundation that donated $10-million to Florida's state university and community college systems last year is giving $2-million to the University of South Florida, creating an endowed scholarship fund for minorities and low-income students.

The Helios Education Foundation's $2-million gift, announced Tuesday, is eligible for an equivalent match from the state of Florida, so it has the potential to generate $4-million in scholarships.

"This is an extraordinarily generous gift," said USF President Judy Genshaft. "And we are delighted to receive funding for those students who are in particular need of scholarships."

USF officials say they will look in particular for scholarship recipients who are undergraduates from low-income families and diverse ethnic backgrounds.

They said they'll also give strong consideration to students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Helios officials say they want their gift to help increase the number of students entering and completing college.

The Helios Education Foundation is a large nonprofit organization with a nearly $600-million endowment.

Helios opened its Florida office in downtown Tampa last fall, around the time it donated $10-million in scholarships for first-generation students attending one of the state's 11 universities or 28 community colleges.


Forklift pins worker against ceiling

A Sears employee was seriously injured Tuesday when the forklift he was operating malfunctioned and pinned him against the ceiling, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

The 56-year-old Brooksville man, who was not identified, was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. Authorities wouldn't reveal details of his condition other than he was "conscious and breathing."