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Flagler introduces new scholarship for male students

Apr 30, 2019
by Jayda Barnes, '20

Two recipients for the Fall 2019 semester have been chosen for the newest Flagler scholarship, the LEAD Fund. Selected incoming male students will receive funding in the form of a scholarship as well as support through the LEAD Fund mentorship program. The mentorship component will pair each student with a member of the advisory board for monthly mentorship sessions.

Dick Keller and Jeff Davitt pose at event.

LEAD Fund founder Dick Keller and Flagler College Director of Development Jeff Davitt.

The scholarship was introduced by Dick Keller as the counterpart to the Women of Vision scholarship, for which his wife Kathi is the chair. It is available to male high school students through their admissions counselors. For consideration, applicants must complete an essay component and an interview with the LEAD Fund Advisory Board. It is intended to attract the most deserving male students to Flagler. 

“The LEAD Fund provides an initial positive step in navigating the challenging four years of education at Flagler College,” said Keller.

LEAD recently had its first fundraiser to support its initiatives: a showcasing of vintage cars and bourbon tasting at Scott Lagasse Motorsports & Art 'n Motion in St. Augustine. Scott Lagasse is a 2004 graduate and has been involved in student development initiatives in recent years.

While the scholarship will begin with only two students, the LEAD Advisory Board intends to grow funds over the next ten years to generate eight scholarships annually. The fund is expected to encourage the recruitment and retention of male students, while building a more balanced student population at Flagler.

For more information about upcoming fundraising events for the fund, ways to donate or general information about the scholarship, please email Jeff Davitt at


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