SARASOTA, Fla. (April 28, 2015) – Ajax Building Corporation, which for years contributed to projects across the USF System, has donated an initial $5,000 to establish a scholarship fund at USF Sarasota-Manatee.
The builder finalized its gift agreement in early April.
Officials from both USF Sarasota-Manatee and the company said it’s hoped the agreement is the first of several in coming years that will involve the Oldsmar-based builder.
“This agreement shows the commitment that Ajax Building Corporation has to this community and how important education is to building the future locally,” Dennis Stover, regional vice chancellor for university advancement, said. “I would like to thank Bill Byrne and his company for their continued support of the USF System. We look forward to a long partnership.”
Said Bill Byrne, president of Ajax: “We are looking to continue our involvement with the university, whether next year or beyond that.”
Dubbed the “Ajax Building Corporation Scholarship,” the fund will benefit students attending any of the campus’ four colleges.
Ajax has supported USF Sarasota-Manatee previously, in particular at Brunch on the Bay, the campus’ main annual fundraising event, but this new gift agreement represents Ajax’s largest commitment yet to USF Sarasota-Manatee.
“Typically, we work with our clients to basically give back to the community, and we had the opportunity recently to work with USF Sarasota-Manatee and wanted to give back to help that university location fulfill its mission to educate students,” Byrne said.
In addition to the scholarship gift, Ajax has collaborated with the USF System on several building projects. In Tampa, the company recently oversaw construction of the Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare, the Children’s Medical Services Building and the College of Nursing Building, among others.
At USF Sarasota-Manatee, Ajax coordinated work on the Arthur M. Guilford Nature Trail as well as the pedestrian walkway along Seagate Drive. The project included replica historical lighting, banners, benches and landscaping.
The scholarship will become available to students in the next academic year.