Faculty & Staff

Dr. Melissa Lavender is currently Vice President of Student Affairs at Gulf Coast State College.  She wanted to give back to the College by supporting the Gulf Coast State College Foundation in a philanthropic way that appealed to her belief in paying forward. “I met with my financial advisor and realized that I could name the Foundation as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy. I felt this would be a great way for me to give upon my death.  I could basically give after my time is done,” noted Lavender. Many people today are using their life insurance policy as a way to help provide a generous gift in the future.  “It was very easy to do.  I just notified the Foundation of my intent and my financial advisor completed the paperwork,” said Lavender. “I feel better knowing that I am leaving a lasting legacy here at the College.”

“I am so grateful for the support from the Foundation and the College. I cannot say thank you enough for the kindness they have shown to my family”. Jessica Owen, GCSC Employee and Hurricane Michael Survivor

Fred Stevenson has always had a love for aviation and proudly served in the United States Air Force for more than 20 years before retiring. He wanted to stay busy and found the right fit in the Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) program at Gulf Coast State College. “Anyone can fly a drone, but it’s what you do with the information that’s important.” he said. With help of a Gulf Coast State College Foundation Mini Grant, Fred was able to purchase equipment to get his UVS business off of the ground. The grant program provided financial assistance to help expand the reach of future entrepreneurs like Fred Stevenson.