Foundation for Seminole State College

Created at the request of the College's first president, Dr. Earl Weldon, the Foundation for Seminole State College is a not-for-profit corporation established under Florida law in 1968. The activities, funds and resources produced by the Foundation are managed by a board of directors, comprising dedicated business and civic leaders. These men and women serve the Foundation without compensation while contributing their considerable management and leadership skills to foster support for Seminole State.

The Foundation's mission is to enhance the College's programs and services through the development and management of private contributions and community partnerships. The Foundation provides resources that support academic excellence, increased access and vital community outreach, which assists in the advancement of the institution, students, faculty and staff.

The Foundation's goal is to increase its role as steward of relationships and funds, serve as the facilitator of opportunities, and be the messenger and model of the College's values and merit.

Alumni Profiles

Seminole State graduate Antonio 'Tony' Hernandez Pumarejo is finishing his first book, An Autism Unscripted Life. This is his autobiographical work about living – and succeeding – with autism.
As Seminole State celebrates Disability Awareness Month, alum Antonio "Tony" Hernandez Pumarejo, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, says the College and its Disability Support Services office provided the infrastructure and resources to help him succeed.
Theatre Program alum Charlie Barfield branched out from his theatre coursework while at Seminole State, taking courses in geology and African-American humanities. He says the latter course provided inspiration for his directing career.
Life has a way of twisting and turning and surprising us with directions that we sometimes didn't see coming. If someone had asked Charlie Barfield what he thought he'd be when he grew up, he might have told them he'd become a marine biologist someday.
Seminole State alumnus Jon Hughes and wife, Betsy, own and manage Track Shack and own its sister company, Event Marketing and Management International. They also founded what is now the nation’s best-attended running event, the Disney Marathon.
Preparation at Seminole State propelled Jon Hughes to run his own businesses and establish the Disney Marathon, while making significant contributions to his community.
As a fashion stylist and blogger, Melanie Pace often gets to wear the styles she loves so much while promoting a brand or look on her blog. (Photo by Zach Scheffer)
Melanie Pace has an eye for style. The on-air style expert, fashion stylist and blogger has become a sought-after expert in fashion, having worked with celebrities like Giuliani Rancic and other notable clients including Bloomingdales.
Seminole State alumnus and president of Next Horizon Harry Ellis is now at a point where he can give back to his alma mater. During the Foundation for Seminole State College’s 34 annual Dream Gala, he established an endowed scholarship in his company's name.
Harry Ellis initially thought that information technology (IT) wasn't the path for him, but when a friend raved about his IT class at Seminole State, Ellis decided to give it try. That was a pivotal point in defining what would become a successful career in the IT field.
Actress and Seminole State Theatre Progam alumna Denise Gossett appeared alongside Mel Gibson in "Get the Gringo" and is the founder of the Shriekfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles.
After getting her start in Seminole State's Theatre Program, actress Denise Gossett is now known for a number of recurring TV series roles and movie credits that have her IMDb page stacked.
As Osceola County Manager, Seminole State alumnus Don Fisher is leading the fastest-growing county in the Orlando metro area. This plaque outside the historic Osceola County Courthouse tells of the county's founding in 1887.  (Wikimedia Commons)
As the Osceola County Manager, Don Fisher has been called a 'motivational and innovative leader' by the Orlando Business Journal and is leading the fastest-growing county in the Orlando metro area, and the 10th fastest-growing in the nation.
After connecting to UCF from Seminole State College, alumni Juliana Rodriguez Bohorquez and Edward Ramos now attend the Howard University College of Medicine.
At Seminole State, chemistry (the course) brought them together, and then chemistry (the attraction) happened. Now their united educational journey has taken them from Seminole State to UCF to Howard University College of Medicine.


Foundation for Seminole State
1055 AAA Drive
Heathrow, FL 32746