Saturday, June 25, 2022

For The Love of Cats Funds New FGCU Scholarship Program

Submitted Photos


For the Love of Cats is honored to partner with Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in our new scholarship program for their biology students. Our purpose is to create more interest in a career in veterinary medicine among FGCU students enrolled in the biology curriculum. 

Scholarships are awarded based on various criteria including leadership, merit, and academic achievement. The program is designed to mentor students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine with the anticipation that they will bring their skills back home to the needs of Southwest Florida. “Our goal is to get FGCU students excited about veterinary career opportunities in Southwest Florida and help bring attention to the needs of the animal welfare community. The veterinary community of Southwest Florida is really struggling with staffing requirements. This greatly affects their overall capacity and ability to contribute to the animal welfare of Southwest Florida. We are super excited about our partnership with FGCU and our ability to help mentor the students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine,” said Jan Rich, Founder, For the Love of Cats.

For the Love of Cats Scholarship Program provides partnership with corporate and local businesses. These leaders are joining with us to impact the future health of our county and our animal welfare. This year, our program is being generously funded by Bobbie Confer of Remax Realty on Marco Island, Dr. Jon Strohmeyer, the Facial Plastic Surgery Center and Dr. Cindy Strohmeyer, Dermatology Specialists of Naples.



Blind kitty gets a vet check.

“The For the Love of Cats Scholarship is a new and unique opportunity for local Southwest Florida FGCU students,” says George North, Assistant Director of Development at FGCU. “The generous scholarship will cover nearly half of a full-year’s tuition for a deserving student. This is the very first scholarship created for a student who has an interest in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine and we are very excited about this partnership. On behalf of the FGCU Foundation, I thank For the Love of Cats for investing in our students and their future success. It will truly make a meaningful difference!” The For the Love of Cats Scholarship will be awarded to a student by FGCU for the 2021-2022 school year. Scholarships will be formally presented by the FGCU Foundation with an Awards Ceremony in November 2021.

For the Love of Cats is a 501c3 non-profit organization in Marco Island, FL that is dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned cats and kittens in the community. We are an animal welfare group operating through donations from the public since 2002. 

Our mission is to end the cruelty of pet overpopulation. Donated funds go towards our programs that include sterilizing community cats through TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return), assisting low-income families with emergency and wellness veterinary care, providing pet food for pets of families struggling from the effects of the pandemic, and subsidizing adoption fees and supplies for senior cats to senior citizens along with other support programs to help people keep their pets.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *