Foundation awards more than $20,000 in Spring 2019 Mini-Grants

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Written by: Seminole State Staff

Photo: A real time fulldome player for the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium is one of 13 faculty and staff projects to receive a Spring 2019 Mini-Grant award from the Foundation for Seminole State College. 

The Foundation for Seminole State College's Board of Directors has announced its Spring 2019 Mini-Grant awards, which will fund 13 faculty and staff projects totaling $20,075.63 in support.

The recipients are:

  • Dr. Deborah Barr (Biology): $1,930.50 for the purchase of supplemental models for anatomy & physiology laboratory 
  • Donna Lenahan (Perkins & Workforce Ed Grants): $95 for a Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association membership
  • Natalie Clark (Perkins & Workforce Ed Grants): $730 for an International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education membership
  • Richard Harmon (Fine & Performing Arts - Theatre): $1,535 for touchscreen lighting controls in Harriett's Theatre
  • Dr. John Werner (Physical Sciences): $1,559.41 for Earth sciences supplies
  • Derek Demeter (Planetarium): $2,000 for a real time fulldome player
  • Dr. Tan Qu (School of Engineering, Design & Construction): $2,000 for a virtual design and construction (VDC) instructor laptop
  • Dr. Marisol de Jesus Berrios, Amee Mehta, Jimmy McLaughlin, & Michael McCurdy (Biological Science & Multimedia Technology Services and eLearning): $1,688 for connecting our students - biological sciences 
  • Frances Middleton (Enrollment Services): $1,233.77 for Enrollment Services and transcript process enhancement
  • Sofronio Agustin, Amee Mehta, & James Henry (Biology): $1,500 for an epifluorescence microscopy
  • Dr. Regina Fontana (Social Sciences): $2,000 for interactive student engagement
  • Ferol L. Voltaggio (Career and Technical Education): $1,973.75 for exploring career pathways to Seminole State College  
  • Elena Soltau & Lynn Garrett (College Libraries): $1,830.20 for increasing the number of seats at the Altamonte Springs Campus library

The Foundation has now awarded $792,009.08 to support Mini-Grant requests. The Foundation's Mini-Grant Program was created to provide full-time faculty and staff with financing for projects not supported by their regular department budgets. Awards are selected by members of the Foundation Board of Directors.

There were 18 submissions this term. All funds allocated for Spring 2019 must be expended or encumbered by March 31, 2020. Additional awards are planned for the fall, with a request for applications expected to be sent campuswide in early Fall 2019. For more information, please call Billy Osborne at 407.708.4575.

About the Foundation for Seminole State College

The Foundation for Seminole State College, founded in 1968, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that enhances the College's programs and services through the development and management of private contributions, public grants and community partnerships. For more information, visit or email the Foundation directly at