JACKSONVILLE -- A $1 million gift from Herb and Miyuki Scheidel will provide an opportunity for students at the Pace Center for Girls in Jacksonville to receive scholarships to attend the University of North Florida. This is the second $1 million gift by the Scheidels in the last three years. “The generosity of Herb and Miyuki Scheidel continues to make higher education accessible for some very deserving students,” said UNF President Anne Hopkins. “To make gifts of this magnitude twice within such a short period of time is truly remarkable. I want to thank the Scheidels for all that they have done both for this University and for our community,” she said. The Pace Center for Girls was established in 1985. The center works with girls from ages 13 to 18 who have been identified as at-risk. The Pace Center offers an alternative-education program which addresses those issues. The program’s goals are to prevent juvenile delinquency and teen pregnancy and to keep students from dropping out of school. There are currently 80 girls enrolled at the center. “We visited the Pace Center and found out about the wonderful work they are doing with the girls,” Herb Scheidel said. “It’s a fantastic thing to be able to offer that kind of opportunity to girls who’ve had a tough row to hoe.” The Miyuki and Herbert Scheidel Scholars Program will also fund scholarships for students who live in houses constructed by Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine and scholarships for classical music students. All students have the option of taking a course offered in a foreign country using money from the Scheidel Endowment Fund. The classical music students must maintain a 3.0 or better GPA throughout their college career to maintain their scholarship. The original Scheidel gift focused on funding scholarships for students who live in Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach or Atlantic Beach in homes constructed by the Jacksonville Beaches affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. Those scholarships will continue under the enhanced endowment. Herb Scheidel is actively involved in the Beaches Habitat affiliate. As was the case with the original gift, Fletcher High School graduates who meet the financial-need criteria are also a potential source of scholarship recipients. Herb Scheidel is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Learning Technologies Ltd., a company that provides educational products for teaching English to Asian children and adults. Learning Technologies Ltd. has offices in Tokyo, Taipei and Hong Kong. UNF will apply for state matching funds that can add an additional $750,000 to the Scheidels’ gift, which will be part of UNF’s Pathways to Success Program. The six-year-old program provides scholarship opportunities and continuing University support for economically-disadvantaged high school students.
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