"The Honors classroom is a place for intellectual exploration and discovery."

— Dustin Lemke, Dean of AA Programs

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Dear Friends of Honors,

It’s been a good year. Last fall, the Honors program was named after its founder, Dr. Lydia R. Daniel. We have more students in the program than ever before; nearly 300. We have traveled to Boston, MA, Charlotte, NC, Amsterdam, Netherlands, New Orleans, LA and one end to the other in Cuba.

It’s difficult to keep up with all that our alumni are doing, they hate to brag. But what we do know is that our students were offered more than $700,000 in transfer scholarships just this past year alone. In 2019, our most recent alumni are attending Case Western, Smith, Wellesley, Columbia, NYU, Cambridge, USF, Stetson, UF, FSU, and New College. For every dollar spent to sustain the Honors program the investment has more than doubled for our transfer students. Let’s keep this going!

Whether you are a student or faculty member, we believe you are reading this letter because Honors made a difference in your life. We hope you can pay that impact forward. Nowhere in higher education is the population more diverse or more in need, while at the same time the most at the mercy of budget cuts and shortfalls than at community colleges. Honors is no exception. We need your support, and a donation to the HCC Foundation designated to Honors will help make the difference.

Our program currently has more than 1200 graduates. If every grad was to give just $10 a month for one year, the endowment would grow by $144,000. Consider the support you received from HCC and Honors in the past and the money you have saved and earned over time because of that support. You can make a difference now here.

We are pleased to announce that we have a matching challenge, thanks to an anonymous donor and Pete and Erika Cirak. Any amount you donate will be matched dollar for dollar for a total of up to $4,500, making an even greater impact. Our challenge to you is to meet this match or exceed it. Because endowed funds are invested and only the proceeds are spent, this is a long term funding source for our students. The Foundation is a tremendous steward of these funds, and their endowment funds have grown by 50% over the past several years alone.

Income from the Honors endowment will go to fund programming such as local field trips, college visits, common reads, and international travel. Funding will be used to supplement the important components of Honors programming that separates what we do from just coursework. Our students will continue to flourish through your support. Won’t you please take a moment to contribute?

Sincerely, Representatives of the Honors Advisory Council

Tametryce Collins, Faculty Brandon

Gabriela Fernandez, Arete President

Lizzie Bilogo, Arete Vice President

Christine Legner, Dean, Plant City Student Services

Jose Rincon, Honors Alumnus

Pete Cirak, Honors Alumnus

Kathleen King, Honors Director

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The Dr. Lydia R. Daniel Honors Program graduates continue their studies at top colleges and universities across the country.