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2021-07-16

Seventeen additional girls will be housed rent-free at the Bill & Nancy Malthouse Pilot Scholarship House on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus. The land was opened on July 13 by the Southern Scholarship Foundation and Pilot International for the house, which will be built next to the Gresham-Kite Scholarship House in North Lake Village, and is expected to be ready for occupancy in the fall or 2022.

The Malthouse and Gresham-Kite Scholarship Houses offer girls the opportunity to live together and get a good start in the responsibilities of adulthood. The FGCU house was opened in 2003. The girls share tasks such as cooking, cleaning and attending monthly meetings. Residents are chosen based on factors such as academic achievement, character, and financial need.

Dr Shawn Woodin, President and CEO of the Southern Scholarship Foundation, was MC at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walthouse Scholarship House on the FGCU campus on July 13.

Dr Shawn Woodin, President and CEO of the Southern Scholarship Foundation, welcoming attendees to the groundbreaking ceremony, noted that the foundation is helping to make the college more affordable by providing free facilities. There are 16 scholarship houses on campuses in Florida. Woodin said: “What the house provides is a total change in the life path of the residents. Once they have the education they come to FGCU for, it launches them into a career where they can be financially stable and help care for their families. “

Danarria Stone, FGCU home manager and economics student, stands in front of the Gresham-Kite Scholarship House. She has lived in the house for over three years. The house is configured with a kitchen and a dining room for group meals. There is also a study room and a living room; each room is furnished for two people.

Danarria Stone, director of the Gresham-Kite Scholarship House, told the opening ceremony of the Malthouse Scholarship House that students learn many adult skills by living in the house. She says the girls have to manage their own money and know how to perform the different tasks, which are rotated between the girls. Learning to be part of a community is the result of living in the scholarship house “.

Rent-free accommodation at Gresham-Kite Scholarship House saves each student approximately $ 13,000 each year. The budgeted cost of food and utilities is shared among residents, with an average house services bill per student of around $ 950 per semester. Most of the girls living in the house have part-time jobs.

The Malthouse Scholarship House is named after the late Bill Malthouse, a former scholar. The house receives support from the nonprofit organization Pilot International, national and local chapters in Southwest Florida. The foundation depends on contributions made by the entire Florida district. Pilot club members, as well as additional donations from individual pilot members, pilot clubs, friends and corporations through tax-deductible donations.

The Fort Myers and Naples Pilot Clubs purchased the property and built the FGCU house through cooperation from the Southern Scholarship Foundation in 2003. It was named after local pilot donors. Many local businesses helped with the construction through in-kind donations. The Pilot Club provides support each year through supplies, meals and speakers.

The goal of the Pilot Club of Fort Myers is to help organizations seeking to improve the quality of life for people with brain disorders through volunteer activities, education and financial support. The club’s name comes from a riverboat pilot who could navigate safely in troubled waters. For more information on the Pilot Club, contact the President, Joy Augustine, 239-691-0069, [email protected].


This press release was produced by Grand Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.