Press Release for Thursday, February 11, 2021
UNF College of Education Receives $1.35 Million Gift to Prepare Future Teachers Through the Lastinger Endowed Scholarship
University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) has
received a $1.35 million gift from the Lastinger Family Foundation, Inc. to
provide scholarship funds to students pursuing teaching careers with the
newly-created Lastinger Endowed Scholarship.
gift will allow the College of Education to intentionally recruit, retain and
graduate a diverse pipeline of highly skilled teacher candidates who are likely
remain in the Northeast Florida region and serve as leaders in education. Scholarship
will have an opportunity to earn a college education while limiting the
financial hardships that often come with pursuing a degree.
need-based endowed scholarship will make such an impact and difference for our students
striving to become teachers,” said Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, dean of UNF’s
COEHS. “The Lastinger Family has a special place in their heart for educators
and their gift demonstrates a commitment to future teachers who will be
difference-makers in the lives of thousands of children. This is truly a gift
that keeps on giving.”
Lastinger Family Foundation, Inc., founded by Allen and Delores Lastinger,
awards grants to organizations that make a difference in children’s lives by
addressing needs related to education or well-being.
Lastinger is the former president and chief operating officer at Barnett Bank
where he worked for 27 years. He retired in 1998 and they moved to
St. Augustine where he pursued his interests in history.
received a Master in Education Administration and Supervision from UNF. While
teaching school, Delores became passionate about the need for support of
teachers and the improvement of professional teacher development. She has
devoted her time to advocacy for those who teach and those who learn.
and respect for teachers directly impacts the quality of education and the
success and well-being of our communities, said Delores Lastinger.
UNF’s College of Education and Human Services is a vital
contributor to education, human services, and the sports community in the
Northeast Florida region and beyond. UNF’s graduates remain in their teaching
careers significantly longer than the national average, making them key drivers
in the quality of education in the community. Seventy-nine percent of College
of Education graduates remain in Northeast Florida and 1,300 of UNF graduates
in Duval County Public Schools have ten or more years of teaching experience.
More information can be found at unf.edu/coehs/.