MELBOURNE, FLA—The Scheidel Foundation of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., has made a grant of $15,000 to Florida Institute of Technology to support the Women’s Tennis program.
The Scheidel Foundation’s support over the last four years, which totals $60,000, “has made a tremendous difference in the quality of the Women’s Tennis program. In this time the women’s team roster has grown to 12 players and their national ranking has improved from 20 to 17. Not only athletes, but scholars as well, these players are high academic achievers with a team GPA of 3.65,” said tennis coach Bill Macom.
Team members also play a larger role in the community as volunteers and leaders. “They provide tennis instruction to children with autism through the Aces for Autism program, help the Make-A-Wish Foundation raise money, are involved in Greek life and are members of a variety of academic honor societies,” added Macom.
Tennis team members include all levels of undergraduates. Their majors include international business, marine biology, physics, accounting, business administration, and biochemistry.
The Scheidel Foundation invests in two primary fields of interest: organizations that promote the economic empowerment of disadvantaged communities and organizations that advance the practice of integrative medicine. Grants are awarded primarily in Jacksonville and Sarasota, Fla., and Washington, D.C. The hallmark of the Scheidel Foundation is its personal touch, emanating from the passionate involvement of family members supported by staff who have worked closely with the family over many years. The Scheidel family and foundation staff members feel blessed to be enriched by the lives they touch through the work of the foundation.