USF Sarasota-Manatee scholarship benefits from big donor


fund at USF

given $40K

MANATEE -- For students such as Jennifer Caba, Alex Benishek and scores of others at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, the Clyde G. Nixon International Business Endowment Scholarship is a treasure.

Thanks to an anonymous $40,000 donation -- matched and surpassed by $52,000 in contributions by community members -- this year's combined gift level has reached $92,000.

Total endowed funds to date have hit $370,000.

The anonymous donor provided the gift in honor of scholarship namesake, Clyde G. Nixon, who would have turned 80 on Sunday.

The university manages more than $4 million in scholarship endowments and receives more than $200,000 annually in direct scholarship gifts.

Aging in Paradise Resource Center given $13,000

LONGBOAT KEY -- Aging in Paradise Resource Center has received a $13,000 donation to cover the cost of a new part-time administrative assistant and for office equipment from philanthropist Arnold Simonsen.

Simonsen said helping AIPRC continue to provide quality education and support services for seniors on Anna Maria Island, LBK and surrounding areas was important.

Aging in Paradise Resource Center's mission is to provide quality solutions and exciting opportunities for local seniors, enabling them to live with dignity and the highest possible level of health, independence and quality of life.

Cathy Cuthbertson, AIPRC's new administrative assistant, brings a experience having worked with New College of Florida for 12 years as career center director and worked closely with the Salvation Army.

-- Herald staff reports