TCC News Release:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 29, 2009) - Former Tallahassee Community College employee Dorothy “Dot” Binger has a long history of impacting young people. In 1966, she was the third employee hired at what was then known as Tallahassee Junior College and she eventually served as head of the Business Department and was later Director of the Division of Applied Sciences at TCC.
Since retiring from the College in 1997, she has been a tireless volunteer with the Guardian Ad Litem program, serving as an advocate for children who are under court jurisdiction because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. In fact, two years ago, she was named one of Florida’s top five mentors by the Florida Mentoring Partnership, an alliance of organizations across Florida managed by the Volunteer Florida Foundation.
Her volunteer service has also extended into the Tallahassee community and to Envision Credit Union, where she has served a total of 25 years on its Board of Directors. Thanks to Envision, Binger will continue to impact students’ lives for years to come.
Binger recently completed her second term on Envision Credit Union’s Board of Directors. At Envision’s 2009 Annual Meeting, Binger was honored for her many years of service. But, rather than receiving a plaque, she learned that Envision Credit Union had established a scholarship in her name.
During the meeting, former Florida legislator and former executive director of the TCC Foundation Marjorie Turnbull announced that the Credit Union had funded the Dorothy Binger Scholarship, recognizing Binger’s involvement in the Guardian Ad Litem program.
“Dot inspires all of us to do more to make this community a better place in which to live,” said Marcia Hilty, Circuit Director, Second Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Program. “I can think of no person more deserving of this honor.”
The Dorothy Binger Scholarship will be awarded annually to a TCC student who is part of the State’s Child Protection System. Prospective scholarship recipients must write an essay demonstrating an interest in assisting peers, leadership and community involvement, must demonstrate financial need and will be required to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
For more information on the Dorothy Binger Scholarship, contact the TCC Foundation at (850) 201-8580.