Foundation awards more than $25,000 in Fall 2019 Mini-Grants

Friday, January 17, 2020
Written by: Seminole State Staff

Photo: New tutoring materials for the Sanford/Lake Mary Academic Success Center and tutoring enhancements for the Oviedo Academic Success Center are among  the 19 faculty and staff projects to receive a Fall 2019 Mini-Grant award from the Foundation for Seminole State College.  

The Foundation for Seminole State College's Board of Directors has announced its Fall 2019 Mini-Grant awards, which will fund 19 faculty and staff projects totaling $26,041.23 in support.

The recipients are:

  • Dr. Jaime Magnetico (Allied Health): $1,525 for a new respiratory EKG machine
  • Geoffrey Nelson and Dr. Geraldine Perez (Intramural Sports and Disability Support Services): $299.74 for X-Box adaptive controllers for the student game room
  • Shellie Lewis (Center for Public Safety): $785 for specialized sledge hammers to help prepare the Fire Academy cadets for the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
  • Jim Jollie (Center for Public Safety): $1,448 for a specialized glass cutter to allow students work with current equipment being used in the industry
  • Christa Teno (Women's Golf): $1,230 for Women's Golf championship rings
  • Jay Spalding (Studio Art): $1,887.17 for art gallery supplies
  • Jimmy McLaughlin (CTS): $1,614 for three Elmo document cameras
  • Kiara Sabina (Academic Success Center): $381.96 for tutoring materials
  • Dr. Mahesh Peddibhotla (Enrollment Services): $546 for a ChemDraw License to provide higher quality chemical instruction
  • Leslie Sammarco and Starla Lowrry (Nursing): $499.95 for a copy of the “Clinical Simulations for Nursing Education Facilitator Manual” including case study simulations
  • Christine McKeel (Academic Success Center): $960.61 for Oviedo Academic Success Center tutoring enhancements
  • James Charles (Criminal Justice): $1,700 for two handheld patrol car radios
  • Jetaime Rolland (Academic Advising and Counseling): $2,000 for mental health first aid facilitator training
  • Dalia Fox (Academic Advising and Counseling): $2,000 for mental health first aid facilitator training
  • Angel Nater (Public Safety): $1,725 for two Laerdal Compact Suction Units and three SpO2 sensors
  • Azan Edoo (Automotive): $1,890 for three Matco Maximus Scan Tools
  • Carlos J. Vasquez (Automotive): $1,999.97 for six Fluke 87V Digital Multimeters
  • Lauri M. Schoneck (ABE/GED): $1,960 for GED and TABE Academy online access
  • Dr. James Smisek (Arts and Communication): $1,588.83 for a drum set 

The Foundation has now awarded $818,050.31 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 42 submissions this term. All funds allocated for the Fall 2019 Mini-Grant cycle must be expended or encumbered by Sept. 30, 2020. Additional awards are planned for the spring, with a request for applications expected to be sent campuswide in March 2020. 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