The joy of communicating and receiving knowledge, the excitement of learning and discovery, of broadening horizons and nourishing minds – these are at the heart and soul of a good education. And the essence of journalism at its best embraces this same meaningful purpose. Nothing epitomizes this better than the shared mission which powerfully links together Polk State College and The Ledger. The Ledger has shown its devotion to providing excellent educational opportunities for aspiring journalists by its establishment of The Susan Barbosa Journalism Scholarship. With this endowed scholarship, The Ledger pays tribute to one of its award winning journalists, Susan Barbosa, who passed away in 2002 following a year-long battle with cancer, and perpetuates her legacy of excellence for all time.
A Polk State College student who dreams of impacting individuals and the community through the power of journalism is enabled through this award to achieve his or her goals of a higher education. The Ledger has further displayed its commitment to education by the vital role it has played in recent years in the success of the Polk State College Foundation’s Wine for Wisdom event through its generous sponsorships.
The Ledger’s passionate commitment to fulfilling this endeavor is evident by its enormously generous gift of $60,000 to the Polk State College Foundation. In a check presentation ceremony on November 28, 2011 at the District Board of Trustees meeting on the Lakeland campus, the Polk State College Foundation gratefully honored The Ledger for its immense generosity. On hand to accept the honor were Publisher Jerome Ferson, Advertising Director Dawn Willis and Nanay Pittman, Promotions and Event Manager. They received heartfelt thanks from Anu Saxena, Development Chair of the Polk State College Foundation Board of Directors.
“Jerome, Dawn and Nanay, on behalf of my fellow Foundation Board Members, the Members of the College’s District Board, and the students who ultimately benefit from your gift, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for making such a positive difference in education throughout our community, but especially at Polk State!” said Mr. Saxena.
Pictured left to right: Anu Saxena, Dan Dorrell, Linda Pilkington, Teresa Martinez, Rick Garcia, Dr. Eileen Holden, Jerome Ferson, Mark Turner, Dawn Willis, Nanay Pittman and Greg Littleton.