Success – Hodges President’s Scholarship Dinner


L-R) Thelma Hodges, Dr. Jeanette Brock, Michel Dougherty

A Who’s Who of Collier County residents were in attendance at Hodges University’s inaugural President’s Scholarship Dinner, held recently at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. With the final results still being tallied, a significant amount was raised to benefit the Advancing Today’s Woman Scholarship Fund at Hodges. The sold-out event was held at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club and co-chaired by Sandra Lee Buxton and Michele McKinney.

“We are humbled by the support we received from everyone who attended the event,” said Judy Coleman, Director of Development at Hodges. “Our goal was to raise both funds and awareness for this important scholarship. Judging by the generous support we received, we will not only be able to provide critically needed scholarship funds for deserving students, but the community has really done its part in investing in the women of today as well as the future of our community tomorrow.”

“Scholarships change lives, not only for students who want to help ease the financial burden for their families, but for those whose lives will be transformed because of an education.”

Hodges University President Dr. Jeanette Brock echoed the importance of scholarship support for women students. “We at Hodges University have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students,” she said. “At this event, you, too, can also make a difference in the lives of our students by providing scholarship funds to offset the necessity for the students to take out student loans to finance their education. When all is said and done, we all will be the beneficiaries of helping these students receive their degrees when they give back to the community by becoming the future leaders of tomorrow.”

L-R) Phil Memoli, Michel Dougherty, Howard Isaacson

L-R) Phil Memoli, Michel Dougherty, Howard Isaacson

At Hodges University, the average student age is 33, a good number are working part- or full-time. The majority, roughly 67 percent of the student body, is female. This initiative is all about providing a stepping stone and creating opportunities to invest in and empower the goals and aspirations of financially challenged and educationally disadvantaged students by providing access to a quality education and great leadership development.

If you are interested in more information about the Advancing Today’s Woman Scholarship Fund at Hodges University, or if you would like to make a donation to the Fund, please contact Judy Coleman at 239.598.6122 or

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