The Breeze is happy to have had a role this week in a pair of outstanding community-sponsored education recognition programs.
We again published the Mayors Scholarship Fund Award program book, included in the weekday Breeze on Wednesday and distributed Thursday at the annual awards banquet. The program highlighted the accomplishments of 24 outstanding students this year, each the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship awarded through one of the city's oldest scholarship programs.
We also sponsored for the first time the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Awards dinner held Monday night at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. The program recognized 28 students and educators - one each from schools of all levels serving Cape Coral - along with five seniors who received $1,000 scholarships toward their college educations.
The scholarships awarded by the Mayors Scholarship program are made possible through numerous fundraisers held by the organization now celebrating its 32nd year as well as from donations made by the sponsoring businesses.
The Chamber's recognition program, 22 years strong, and its scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the business community which, through good times and bad, has managed to dig deep to make futures a little brighter.
We congratulate all of the honorees of both programs who, through academic achievement, school and community involvement, volunteerism and just plain hard work and dedication - especially by the educators recognized -have earned the honors bestowed.
We also thank the volunteers and sponsors who make these programs and others like them possible. They are numerous and we are privileged to be among them:
n Mayors Scholarship program:
Cape Coral Elks #2596, Cape Coral Ladies of the Elks #2596, Waste Pro and Zemel Trust
The Breeze Newspapers; Cape Coral Kiwanis Club; Cape Unions (IAFF Local 2424; IUPAT Local 2301; FOP Lodge 33); Castle Harbour Homes/Metropole Construction; CCCIA; The Earle Tolles Family; Edward Jones; Fine Mark National Bank & Trust; Ford's Garage; Buchanan, Ingersoll, Rooney, Fowler White & Boggs, Attorneys at Law; German American Social Club; Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, PA; Lee County Sheriff's Office; National Coalition for Patriots, and The Wilbur Smith Law Firm
2014 Patron Sponsors:
Cape Coral R/Seahawks, LCEC, Lee Memorial Health System, Paul Homes and Kathleen White
n Awards of Excellence:
In addition to the Breeze Newspapers, major sponsors included LCEC, Hodges University, Avalon Engineering, Nova Southeastern University, Achieva, Physicians' Primary Care, Arthur Printing, which printed the program guides, and Boost Creative, which provided the program design and the Excellence in Education pages published in today's Breeze.
Other sponsors included Crown Trophy, LAI Design Associates, Cheeta Printing & Signs, Subway, Keiser University, Giving Alliance of Women, Cape Coral Community Foundation, Cape Coral For the Children, Dixie Roadhouse and Marilyn Stout, candidate for Lee County School Board for District 1.
When it comes to supporting our own, Cape Coral is there.
Other organizations that also award scholarships include the Cape Coral Kiwanis Foundation, the Rotary Club of Cape Coral Gold Coast and the Cape Coral Community Foundation as well as the Cape Coral Art League and the Cape Coral Irish American Club, which award specialty scholarships.
The efforts of all of these community organizations and the volunteers of which they are comprised are commendable as they recognize - and reward - hard work, talent and yes, ambition, the key ingredients to future success.
- Breeze editorial