Pace Center for Girls, Pinellas received a $15,000 grant from State Farm Insurance on as part of State Farm’s Outstanding Community Engagement Program and shared vision to help girls and young women thrive. In addition to the grant, State Farm Agent Joanne Dauphin presented college scholarships totaling $4,000 to three Pace seniors in honor of her late father.
“The funding provided by State Farm and the Dauphin family will benefit and empower our community’s next generation of young women,” said Heidi Hugh, Development Manager at Pace Pinellas. “Upon graduating from Pace, girls are able to find their voices and embody our guiding principles of strength, passion, and integrity with no bounds to their success, building a better and brighter world for us all.”
State Farm matched the Dauphin family’s donation allowing for a total of $4,000 dollars to be awarded in scholarships this year. The scholarships aim to inspire Pace girls to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, the military, a community college or a four-year college or university.
“I’m honored to partner with Pace Center for Girls and to support their mission to provide girls and young women with the opportunity for a better future through education,” said Dauphin. “When my dad passed away last year, and my family and I were thinking of ways to celebrate his life, I immediate thought of the girls at Pace.”
With more than 2,000 girls served at Pace Pinellas since 1997, Pace is a transformational program that not only empowers girls to reach their highest potential, but shows them that a life of love, success and happiness is possible for them. At Pace, seven out of 10 teen girls graduate from high school, pursue higher education or secure employment, and nine out of 10 have experienced overall academic improvement.
“Coming to Pace really helped me grow and become confident in myself. After Pace, I’m looking forward to going to college to major in psychology, so I can help others like Pace helped me,” said Melanie, scholarship recipient and Pace girl.
“My dad worked hard to try to provide a better life for us than he had growing up. I just can’t think of a better way to honor him than providing a little bit of extra help to the girls who could use it the most,” said Dauphin.
For more information about Pace Center for Girls, visit https://www.pacecenter.org/
NOTE: State Farm agent Joanne Dauphin is 1 of 100 agents nationwide and 1 of 2 Florida agents who were nominated and selected for their outstanding community engagement. Joanne also received the 100 for Good Champions Challenge Award for being 1 of 6 agents in Florida and 1 of the top 100 State Farm agents in completing the most acts of good in her community.