$388,000 in scholarships for valencia and ucf students

$388,000 in scholarships created for Valencia and UCF students in financial need.


 Over 800 people came together on Oct. 17 for ‘A Taste for Learning,’ which generated $388,000 for scholarships, including matching funds. 

Valencia Foundation and UCF Foundation partnered this year to present the international wine sampling and auction at Rosen Shingle Creek. 100 percent of all sponsorships, tickets and auction receipts from A Taste for Learning will go directly to scholarships and is eligible to earn dollar-for-dollar match through the state of Florida First Generation in College matching grant program, doubling a donor’s investment. 

In 2005, Valencia Foundation board member Jess Bailes and his team at ABC Fine Wine and Spirits first brought the concept of A Taste for Learning to Valencia Foundation. The unique event formula unites partners who donate every product for the event including the venue, décor, media, food, wine and auction items. In all, Taste events have raised more than $1.65 million for students in financial need. 

This year’s event marked an important beginning in joint philanthropy efforts between Valencia and the University of Central Florida (UCF), and will benefit 2+2 scholarships for DirectConnect, a proactive initiative that assures Valencia students access to UCF. Since 2006, UCF has guaranteed admission to all Valencia graduates through DirectConnect to UCF, the most productive community college/university partnership in the nation. Nearly 38,000 Valencia students have enrolled in DirectConnect to UCF since 2006, when the program first began.

ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, Rosen Shingle Creek, Fry Hammond Barr and McCree General Contractors and Architects Inc. were among the lead sponsors. Other sponsors included Baker Hostetler LLP, BB&T, Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, Clancy & Theys Construction Company, Collier Jaguar, C.T. Hsu + Associates PA, Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services of Orlando Inc., Fifth Third Bank, Freeman, Paul and Mary Ann Kinser, LarsonAllen LLP, Orlando Event Photographers, Orlando Health, Orlando Magic, PPI Construction Management Inc., Progress Energy Florida, Progressive Communications, Schoolfield Properties Inc. – Wayne and Dianne Schoolfield, SeaWorld, Aquatica and Discovery Cove, Siemens, Skanska USA Building Inc., Terra Firma Construction Management, UCF Regional Campuses, Universal Orlando Resort, Valencia Community College, Walt Disney World Co. and Kay Walters – Second Chance Fund. 

ABC Fine Wine and Spirits invited wineries from around the world to donate hundreds of bottles of their finest wines for tasting and auction. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres and sample entrée selections from B.B. King Blues Club, Cala Bella – Rosen Shingle Creek, Kouzzina by Cat Cora™ at Disney’s BoardWalk and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, among others, were served during the event.

Funds are still being raised to support A Taste for Learning through ABC Fine Wine and Spirits and the Save the Corks! campaign. Now through the end of December, corks can be dropped off at participating ABC Fine Wine and Spirits locations. Through a partnership with Nomacorc and Terracycle, ABC will donate two cents per cork for scholarships. Matching funds will add another two cents per cork. For more information on Save the Corks!, visit www.abcfws.com#corks

The University of Central Florida Foundation Inc. is the official fund-raising and gift beneficiary for the University of Central Florida. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the university’s primary partner in securing philanthropic resources. The foundation enhances relationships with alumni, friends, faculty, staff and community partners. The foundation secures and manages charitable resources for the university and always acts with integrity and honesty. 

Valencia Community College Foundation Inc. provides the margin of excellence for which Valencia Community College has long been known. The foundation is a separate, not-for-profit, IRS-approved 501(c)3 corporation chartered in 1974 with the objective of financially providing for the educational needs of students that cannot be met through state or federal assistance. Valencia Foundation’s mission is to enhance learning, workforce training and economic development in Central Florida through the support of scholarships, teaching chairs, programs and buildings for Valencia Community College.

For more information or to make a donation, please call (407)582-3150 or visit www.VALENCIA.org.


2 Responses

  1. My son is attending your college and have had to set out of school due to unemployment and financial difficulties. I have help him as much as I could and this is his last semister to graduate but I still don’t have the money. It’s a blessing for a young man regardless of his race to desire to better his education but unable to do so because of his financial state. Please tell me if you have any scholorships funds or a payment plan that we can use in that he will be able to march at graduation. We are really looking forward to his graduation. He left Tallahassee, with a broke down car, a few clothes, a laptop and a desire to be successful in life. Again please help this young man dream come alive. Our back is against the wall and all I know is to ask for help. God Bless

    • Ms. Williams:

      Happy New Year! Thank you for your comment/inquiry. I apologize for the delayed response. The college was closed for the holiday break and we have all just returned today.

      I have asked Valencia Foundation’s scholarship coordinator, Celica Cofield, to contact you. She will be in touch very soon (via email) to help guide you.

      The very best to you and your son in his academic endeavors.

      A. Alvarez

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