Press Release for Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Lewis Brantley Establishes Endowed Scholarships at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida received a $250,000 gift from Catherine Brantley, establishing the Catherine and Lewis Brantley Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The gift is eligible for state matching funds, which will bring the total amount to $375,000. The Catherine and Lewis Brantley Endowed Scholarships will fund need-based and merit scholarships for students attending UNF.

While preparing their estate plans a few years ago, the Brantley’s decided to create this scholarship endowment at UNF. After Lewis Brantley died in 2004 at age 66, Catherine Brantley thought it would be nice if she could fund this scholarship while she was alive and would have the opportunity to meet the students.

“He was a very generous person. He was always a hard-working man and concerned about other people. I wanted to see the scholarship fund established in my lifetime and I’m just thrilled to be able to do this,” said Catherine Brantley.

“Catherine and Lewis Brantley have been longtime advocates of higher education,” said Pierre Allaire, vice president for Institutional Advancement at UNF. “What a wonderful way to create a permanent legacy to help students achieve their dreams.”

Lew Brantley was elected to the Florida Senate in 1970 and served as its president from 1976 to 1978. Previously, he served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1966 to 1970. He also served on the UNF Foundation Board from 1975 to 1978.

He was very active in the Shrine, serving as the Imperial Potentate of the Shrine of North America and board chairman of Shriners Hospitals for Children in 1997 and 1998.

Catherine Brantley has been an active volunteer in Jacksonville for many years. Currently, she volunteers as a “Tale-Teller” for kindergarten students at Central Riverside Elementary School.