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POLK COUNTY, FL | FEBRUARY 21, 2022 – Miracle Toyota has established an endowed scholarship fund to provide support for Black students at Polk State College. The Haines City dealership and Polk County’s largest-serving higher education institution are announcing this partnership in honor of Black History Month and to provide support in the form of scholarships through the Polk State College Foundation.

YOU’RE INVITED TO LEARN MORE
Thursday, February 24, 2022 | 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
Polk State Winter Haven Campus | 999 Ave. H N.E., Winter Haven
Learning Resources Building (WLR) | Third Floor Library

Speakers will include:
Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti
Miracle Toyota Owner Mike Murphy
Student Representative

“Polk State is incredibly grateful for Miracle Toyota’s commitment to our community and investment in quality higher education,” Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti. “Higher education often serves as the best opportunity for social and economic mobility; however, research has shown that minority students often do not have as many resources to pay for college. Support like Miracle Toyota’s helps to close that gap and fund student success.”

The Polk State Foundation awards approximately $1 million in student scholarships annually.

Miracle Toyota donates a percentage of its monthly revenue to local charities. Miracle Toyota has dedicated a percentage of its revenues in February over the next five years to this Polk State Foundation endowed scholarship fund. 

“We believe that education helps people become better citizens by increasing their chances of getting higher paying jobs, which leads to growth and stability. By providing Polk State College with resources to help close the wealth gap in our community, we can shape a better society one person at a time,” Miracle Toyota Owner Mike Murphy said.

Miracle Toyota’s support for minority students comes on the cusp of Polk State’s student demographics becoming majority minority: 26 percent Hispanic, 17 percent Black, 48 percent White, and 9 percent other minorities. 

Individuals who are interested in donating to the Polk State Foundation can visit foundation.polk.edu.

About Polk State College

Located in Winter Haven, Florida, and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving more than 14,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts, and Associate in Science degrees, as well as 9,000 individuals in a wide range of certificate and workforce training programs. The College also operates three charter high schools.

Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; and a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.

About Murphy Auto Group

Murphy Auto Group has been in the new and used automotive franchised business since 1979 and have had several dealerships in GA, SC, FL. Murphy Auto Group is well known for its philanthropic efforts and has a long history of supporting community initiatives, military organizations, humanitarian missions, higher learning institutions, young initiatives and host a variety of donations throughout the year.

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