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May 2013 Check Presentation

Friday, June 7, 2013

The power of gratitude. When someone expresses the depths of their appreciation that you have positively impacted their life, it makes the spirit fly with one of the warmest, most fulfilling emotions in the world. And the joy in one’s heart truly soars when that person feels compelled to pass that blessing on to others, creating a human connection that reaches into infinity.

That immense elation is felt by the Polk State College Foundation each time an alumnus opens up their heart and gives generously to benefit Polk State College students, making educational dreams come true and creating the building blocks of the future.

At SEMCO Construction, Inc., it is a passionate calling — this incredible philanthropic spirit that bonds the generations together as surely as bricks and mortar secure a building that soars into the sky. Led by Polk State College alumni who deeply appreciate the foundation of success the College brought to their lives, SEMCO is strongly dedicated to forging the pathway to a bright future for countless Polk State students.

The powerful impact SEMCO has made on Polk State College is evident through its enormously generous support of all Foundation initiatives, with approximately $14,000 donated to date for scholarships and programs.

In addition, Polk State Alumnus and SEMCO President Carl Locke, Jr., who is the incoming chair of the Polk State College Foundation Board, has served the Board since 2009 with incredible dedication and enthusiasm, joining committees and sharing his expertise.

“Polk State is a great local college to support. It’s a privilege to be able to give back to it, so that someone can get their college education to help further their careers and their lives,” said Locke.

“I read many students’ essays as part of the scholarship committee. I saw students who are qualified, have the drive and the interest, but don’t have the financial means. It’s nice to know when you give money to a student who is hungry for the scholarship and for an education, that they’re going to use every second of it, every dime of it,” said Locke.

“It’s pretty amazing to see the quantity and quality of the students that come out of Polk State,” he added.

SEMCO Vice President Jennifer Sturgis, also a Polk State Alumnus, has served on several committees for Foundation events, including the Joggin’ for the Noggin committee and the Wise & Witty Women and Many Magnificent Men host committee.

“It’s exciting to see how these events are not only fun, but the dollars they raise go directly to benefit students, and you get to see the results of the money that you’ve given. And at these events, students use their talent, ability and education – as speakers, in musical groups, and working the projectors and the lights — getting some real-world, hands-on experience. The fact that the community gets to see that happen is so wonderful,” said Sturgis.

On May 20, 2013 at a check presentation ceremony at the Polk State College Board of Trustees meeting, SEMCO was honored for its generous contributions and passionate dedication to Polk State College students. Locke and Sturgis were both present to accept the honor. Kevin Ashley, Development Chair of the Polk State College Foundation Board of Directors, expressed Polk’s tremendous gratitude to SEMCO for making an extraordinarily positive difference in Polk students’ lives.

“Today, it is with great pride that we recognize the important impact on the College that SEMCO Construction has had for us. Carl and Jennifer, on behalf of the Foundation Board, District Board, and the students in our community who ultimately benefit from your great generosity, please accept our utmost gratitude,” said Ashley.

Pictured left to right: Teresa Martinez, Linda Pilkington, Ernie Pinner, Carl Locke, Jennifer Sturgis, Dan Dorrell, Dr. Eileen Holden, Rick Garcia, Mark Turner, and Greg Littleton.