Inspired by Mr. Scheidel’s passion for volunteerism and his strong belief in promoting community involvement, the Scheidel Foundation initiated the Community Leadership in Action Award, given annually to a student enrolled at Florida State College at Jacksonville. This award recognizes extraordinary student volunteers who, through their work with non-profit agencies in the FSCJ area, have focused on the expansion of opportunities for those less fortunate.
For more information on the application process please visit FSCJ’s scholarship page.J
2016 Community Leadership in Action Scholar Profiles
As a single mother working full-time and completing her degree in Logistics at FSCJ, Ramona Federico has more on her plate than many. Still, she finds time to volunteer and is an active member of the Jacksonville community. As President of the Jacksonville chapter of Arlington Civitans, Ramona has worked tirelessly to brighten the lives of others and strengthen the Jacksonville community. Among other events, Ramona coordinated dinners for families at Gabriel House of Care, organized a blanket drive for the Marcus Adair Foundation, and even dressed up as Mrs. Clause for an event held for 350 children from local organizations. As a long-term volunteer with Best Buddies, Ramona used her networking skills to solidify commitments from corporations to donate all the water, Gatorade, and breakfast donations required for Best Buddies’ Friendship Walk event. Ramona has proved herself to be a true go-getter working in service to others and embodies the very best qualities of a Herbert W. Scheidel Community Leadership in Action scholar.
As an active volunteer with St. Francis Soup Kitchen, Brian Davis not only helps provide hot meals to Jacksonville’s homeless population, he also provides words of encouragement and hope and is a listening ear for members of the community who are not always heard. He finds this work beneficial to both those he serves and himself as it reminds him just how blessed we all are. Through his work at Volunteers in Medicine, Brian is a vital member of the team as he ensures new patients, many of whom have not seen a healthcare provider in years, receive the medical care they require. Brian is pursuing a degree in Bio-Medical Science at FSCJ and hopes to one day be a primary care physician focusing on treating low-income patients.
As a volunteer with St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s Person Centered Care Unit, Kathryn Caprood relishes the opportunities she has to serve the whole person. She sees each individual as more than a patient in a hospital bed; she sees them as human beings with complex and interesting life stories and she takes the time to listen and get to know each individual she works with. As a result of her skill and enthusiasm for this work, Kathryn is now relied upon by staff to train new volunteers. Kathryn is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in nursing and knows that the volunteer work she is completing at St. Vincent’s Medical Center will provide a solid foundation for her future career.
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