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Women of Vision

The establishment of a women’s fund at Flagler College is yet another step in expanding and strengthening the support of Flagler College well into the future.

Our Background 

Flagler College was founded in 1968 by Lawrence Lewis, one of Henry Flagler’s principal heirs, as a small, private liberal arts college for women and opened its doors to 160 female students.  In 1971, Flagler College officially became a coeducational institution, and in 1972 graduated its first class of 34, of whom 31 were women. 

The College’s heritage is closely linked with the history of Florida through the life of Henry Morrison Flagler, oil magnate, railroad pioneer, and land developer.  Today, 66% of our Flagler students are women.

Mission

The mission of the Women of Vison Fund is to provide scholarships and opportunities for women who attend Flagler College, to engage women at special Flagler College events, and to establish strong ties and connections with women to Flagler College, our exceptional students, and our extraordinary campus.

A goal of the Women of Vision Fund is to teach both donors and scholarship recipients that paying it forward is a way of life and has a positive impact on the College, the community, and the nation at large. Young women who attend Flagler College will be empowered to make a difference by both receiving and giving. Opportunities afforded to the Women of Vision scholarship recipients at Flagler College shape their lives to be the next generation of leaders.

Vision

Our vision for the Women of Vision Fund is to create educational and leadership opportunities for women at Flagler College. We seek to harness the collective power of women to raise money for a significant endowment fund, as well as an operational revenue source to generate funding for scholarships and educational opportunities for women at Flagler College.

You Can Help

Big or small, your contribution to the Women of Vision Fund is an investment in talented, deserving young women who attend Flagler College. Your gift helps them to achieve, to compete, to realize their dreams and, someday, to help and inspire others.

Ninety percent of Flagler students receive financial assistance, and there has been a significant rise in the number of students with financial need. While institutional aid for female students has increased, the number needing financial aid remains higher than the total amount of aid available. Your gift makes a difference at Flagler. Every gift counts.

The Seed was Planted

Flagler College’s heritage is closely linked with the history of Florida through the life of Henry Morrison Flagler, oil magnate, railroad pioneer and land developer. The College was founded in l968 by Lawrence Lewis, one of Flagler’s principal heirs, as a small, private college for women and opened its doors to 160 female students.In 1971, it officially became a coeducational institution, and in 1972 graduated its first class of 34, of whom 31 were women.

Today, sixty-three percent of the 2,500+ Flagler students are women. The establishment of a women’s fund at Flagler College was another step in expanding and strengthening the support of Flagler College well into the future.

A graduate of the first class, Dr. Beverly Copeland Carmichael worked with Robin Cooper, Chair, to spearhead the effort to launch the Women of Vision Fund and to organize the Advisory Board, comprised of community volunteers.  It was their vision that a substantial endowment fund be established to provide scholarships for accomplished female students in need of financial assistance. Such a fund is a legacy gift which continues to give, year after year. 

Contact Us

Jessie Brabender

Jessie Brabender

Manager of Annual Giving JBrabender@Flagler.edu (904) 819-6384