Vegas Noles are supporting CARE students through the First Generation Matching Grant Fund. This fund provides critical support for students at FSU who are first in their family to attend college, and is matched dollar-for-dollar by the state.

Donations ended on 3/31/2017

Missed this Spark?
You can still make a difference.

Donate to the 1st Generation Matching Grant Program

$1,945 Raised of $1,500 Goal

Total Gifts


Largest Gift

Days to go

Support CARE - Las Vegas Seminole Club

The Las Vegas Seminole Club is making a difference for students in the CARE program: the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement. 

Unconquered Scholars, students who have experienced foster care, homelessness, relative care or ward of the state status, also benefit from the CARE program.

Vegas Noles can make a significant difference for a CARE student by donating:

  • $500 to support textbooks for one student for one year.

  • $1,500 to support tuition for one student for one year.

  • $6,000 to support tuition for one student for four years.

Donate Now!  


“Not only am I a first generation college student, but I also represent a small percentage of the student body that has been raised in either foster or relative care. CARE developed the Unconquered Scholars program to provide additional support for students from similar backgrounds to ensure we are academically-enriched and mentally-encouraged during the course of our college experience.”

BaShari James

BaShari James
Senior music major and 2016 Homecoming Court member

“During my four years here at FSU I have been shown selfless compassion, dedication and encouragement from the CARE program and their faculty. CARE has shown me that although my past is a defining aspect of who I am, it is not a hindrance to what I am capable of here at Florida State; my challenges, trials and tribulations can be used as a platform to encourage other first generation foster care youth that no dream is too big.”

Tashana Shields

Tashana Shields
Senior criminology major and 2016 Homecoming Court member

“The Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement took me in from the moment I stepped foot on campus, and has not left my side since. CARE has continued to enhance my education at Florida State, introducing me to opportunities that I never thought would be possible, especially as an undergraduate student.”

Richea Osei

Richea Osei
Senior sociology major and 2016 Homecoming Court member

Thank You to Our Supporters






Board Members

Supporter Amount Gift Date
Anonymous Donor $25.00 3/31/2017 7:57 PM
Larry Cohen $20.00 3/31/2017 7:44 PM
Jace d Payne $20.00 3/31/2017 7:17 PM
DONALD & JULIANNE STEWART $50.00 3/31/2017 3:43 PM
L.V. Seminoles Club $500.00 3/31/2017 2:28 PM
Scott F Atwell $25.00 3/31/2017 12:12 PM
Anonymous Donor $20.00 3/31/2017 10:16 AM
Anonymous Donor $25.00 3/30/2017 11:32 PM
James Franklin $20.00 3/30/2017 7:14 PM
Alexandra Doan $100.00 3/30/2017 3:31 PM
Megan Platt $20.00 3/30/2017 1:25 PM
David Willis $50.00 3/30/2017 11:42 AM
Jennifer Specter $25.00 3/30/2017 10:28 AM
Anais Rodriguez $25.00 3/30/2017 10:23 AM
Dara I Cohen $20.00 3/30/2017 10:10 AM
Stephen Pattison $1,000.00 3/30/2017 12:00 AM

Donations for this project ended on 3/31/2017 9:00 PM

Find Out More on Social Media

Questions? We Can Help!

SPARKFSU Unit Representative

Cristian Gonzalez Mendez

Technical Issues

SPARKFSU Support Staff