Panama City, Fla. - Today, FSU Panama City announced the creation of a $25,000 endowment scholarship for a local business woman who was taken too soon. After the murder of Alisa Kinsaul in January, her friends and family wanted a way for her to be remembered.
Alisa Kinsaul was a big part of FSU Panama City. She was committed to giving back to her community so, her family, friends and colleagues thought this was the perfect way for them to honor her legacy. Many of Alisa Kinsaul's family, friends and coworkers gathered today at the FSU Panama City campus to not only announce a scholarship but to also share their memories.
"Alisa and I met at FSU, we were actually in the communications program together and graduated together. She's been one of my best friends ever since," said Jody Walls, Kinsaul's friend.
A two-time graduate of FSU Panama City, a 2004 Notable 'Nole and director of campus communications, Kinsaul was a valued member of the campus family.
"On behalf of Thelma, Alisa's mother, and Grant and Grace her children, they are very excited about this opportunity. It means so much because FSU Panama City meant so much to Alisa. We are very excited that this can be in her honor and to help so many other people because that's really what Alisa was about," said Walls.
Honoring Kinsaul's bachelor's and master's degree from FSU Panama City, the scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in communication.
"It's going to be given in her degree field, in the college that she graduated from. The University that she loved. She loved FSU. She loved Florida State. She loved the Noles. And we are going to use it to hire people out of this degree program and to keep her memory in our lives and in our work places," said Glen McDonald, Senior Vice President of ARA.
The FSU Panama City Foundation will award a scholarship from the endowment for the College of Applied Sciences for Fall of 2017 and Spring 2018. Kinsaul was a big advocate on giving back to her community in any way she could, so this will be a way for her legacy to continue.
At this point they have raised over $9,000. They are working to raise an additional $15,000 to reach their total goal of $25,000.
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