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Valencia Community
College Foundation
Post Office Box 3028 Orlando, FL
32802-3028
(407) 317-7950
FAX (407) 317-7956

email:
  valencia3@aol.com
 
website:  www.valencia.org
 
TRIBUTE:  In 1906, Mr. A.B. tokiti was born into the Otokiti family (one of the largest families in the Edo State) in the Republic of Nigeria, West Africa.  Mr. Otokiti was dedicated to the Islamic religious practices of family values and helping people, a visionary in pursuit of success in spite of what Western culture dictates as formal education. He was a strong advocate for the basic elements of success, which are education, hard work, and determination.  

On March 21, 1996 at 7:05 p.m. Nigerian time, Mr. A.B. Otokiti passed away peacefully without any illness during a short nap.  He lived his dreams among which he died and was laid to rest in the house built for him by his first son, Patrick Aliu-Otokiti.  Mr. A.B. Otokiti's views have been embraced by his nine children.  In continuation of his father's legacy, Patrick Aliu-Otokiti funded this scholarship on the one-year anniversary of A B. Otokiti’s death with the full financial support of PSA Constructors, Inc. (PSA).  

PSA Constructors, Inc. (PSA) is a 100% African-American owned firm.  The headquarters is located in Orlando with offices in Dallas/Houston, TX; Riviera Beach/Tampa, FL.  PSA was incorporated in the State of Florida in April 1994. This firm has experienced successful growth.  We started as a one-man operation and have grown into twelve full-time staff members, which include graduate architects, engineers, construction managers, program managers, estimators, CPM schedulers, CADD operators and administrative personnel.  

As a multi-discipline firm, PSA provides comprehensive services and expertise including construction management, program management, project controls, project scheduling, estimating, document control, design/build, construction inspections and safety inspections.  

Patrick Aliu, Architect, CSl, CGC, President and CEO, possesses over 25 years of experience in architectural, program and construction management in airports, hospitals, education, justice facilities and industrial plants.  Mr. Aliu holds an MBA degree from Nova Southeastern University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma University in Architecture, and a certification in construction management from Harvard University.  

A special tribute is offered to Mr. Aliu's son, Kingsley; daughter, Virgilie; wife, Linnetta Otokiti; and mother Mrs. A.B. Otokiti for their moral support and encouragement to launch this everlasting and caring endeavor.  

Applications: Applicants for the A.B. Otokiti Scholarship must have evidence of financial need and exemplify scholastic ability by having graduated from high school with at least a 2.5 grade point average, be of African-American heritage, maintain full-time student status, pursuing a career in engineering, architecture or construction, be a resident of Orange, Seminole or Osceola County and complete Valencia's financial aid application.  To have the scholarship renewed, the student must maintain a 2.5 grade point average in all course work attempted at Valencia, and send a thank you to the donor as outlined below.  A. B. Otokiti Scholars are eligible to continue to receive their scholarship for attendance as a junior and senior at any accredited U.S. University, if they transfer immediately upon receiving their Valencia Associate's degree.  To have their scholarship continue at a four-year university, the renewal criteria as stated above must continue to be met and they maintain continuous matriculation.  The scholarship at a four-year university will be according to Valencia's applicable tuition rate.  

Screening of the recipient(s) of the A.B. Otokiti Scholarship is made by the Financial Aid Office of Valencia Community College.  Inquiries about this scholarship and requests for an application should be made directly to the Financial Aid Office at Valencia Community College, P.O. Box 3028, Orlando, Florida 32802-3028.  Selection of scholarship recipients will be made by a committee chaired by Mr. Patrick Aliu. Applicants selected as A.B. Otokiti Scholars are expected to write to Mr. Patrick Aliu in care of the Valencia Foundation about their experiences at Valencia and the value of the scholarship.  

Foundation Scholarships: The Valencia Foundation seeks to provide sufficient scholarships to ensure that no Central Florida resident is denied access to at least an associate degree.  Endowments provide Valencia with predictable and assured sources of financial assistance that guarantee economic access to higher education for those most in need.  

Why do we need your support?  Starting students on the road to success represents an important investment in our nation's future.  Financial access to higher education becomes increasingly difficult as public aid diminishes, tuition escalates, and the costs of childcare, textbooks, transportation and living expenses make it harder for many to attend college.  

How can you help?  If you make a scholarship donation, your contribution, regardless of size, is eligible for state matching funds from proceeds of the Florida Lottery.  The match is 662/3¢ for every $1 received giving us additional dollars for scholarships at no cost to you.  

Who invests and administers your donation?  The Valencia Foundation is a separate not-for-profit, IRS approved 501(c)(3) corporation chartered to provide financially for the educational needs of Valencia that cannot be met through state aid or student tuition income.  Approximately 50 community leaders volunteer generously of their time, talent, and resources to support Valencia’s students by serving on the Foundation's Board.  

If you might be interested in adding to an existing scholarship fund or establishing a new one, please contact us at the address and telephone number below.  Contributions may be made by cash, check, credit card (VISA or MasterCard), securities, gifts of property or other saleable assets, bequest, revocable or irrevocable trusts, our pooled income fund, charitable gift annuities and electronic transfer of funds. 
   
           
           
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