Florida Prepaid College Foundation Launches New Legacy Scholarship

Duane L. Ottenstroer Legacy Scholarship honors longtime Board chairman

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2017

  • Winner will receive a 2-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Foundation
  • St. Johns County high school students are eligible to submit an essay by March 31st to enter to win
  • Scholarship recognizes Mr. Ottenstroer’s outstanding 15 years of service to the Florida Prepaid College Board, the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and to the state of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Prepaid College Foundation has established a new scholarship that recognizes the many years of service by longtime Chairman Duane L. Ottenstroer, by providing two years of college tuition to a St. Johns County high school student who shares Ottenstroer’s interest in public service. Ottenstroer has served on numerous corporate and community boards, continues to be active in higher education policy, and resides in St. Johns County, Florida.

The winner of the Duane L. Ottenstroer Legacy Scholarship essay contest will receive a 2-Year Florida College Plan scholarship, valued at approximately $7,800, provided by the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Foundation. The essay contest is open from March 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017.

“We are so pleased to offer this new scholarship opportunity to a deserving student,” said Board Chairman John Rood, who took the gavel from Ottenstroer in late 2016. “Mr. Ottenstroer’s lifelong commitment to public service as evidenced through his time on the Florida Prepaid College Board is an example for our future generations. We look forward to helping a young Floridian take the path to college and follow in his footsteps of being a successful business leader who gives back to the community and state.”

Each entrant must submit a 500 word essay on “The Value of Public Service: How Can Public Service Positively Affect an Individual and Their Community?” and be a student in St. Johns County, Florida, in grades 9-12. The student must also submit one letter of recommendation from an educator or professional, as well as a personal essay.

“This Foundation was established to help open the door to college for promising students throughout our state,” said Cynthia F. O’Connell, Director of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. “The Duane L. Ottenstroer Legacy Scholarship reflects our commitment to continuing to identify and support Florida’s next generation of talented leaders.”

For more information and to enter to win, go to www.myfloridaprepaid.com/legacyscholarship.

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About the Florida Prepaid College Foundation

Since its founding in 1990, the Foundation has committed to giving aspiring students the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and our state by providing college scholarships funded through partnerships with individuals, businesses, educational foundations and the Florida Legislature. The Foundation administers several innovative scholarship programs designed to help students achieve their dream of earning a college education. The Foundation is the 501(c)(3) direct support organization for the Florida Prepaid College Board. Since 1988, the Florida Prepaid College Board has offered families a means to save for their children and grandchildren’s future college expenses with the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Program. To learn more about the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, visit here.

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