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A homeless family in Central Florida captured the attention of Stetson University staff, students and alumni.

This past week has been an extraordinary one for Stetson University. If you’ve been following CBS and the 60 Minutes segment on the homeless in Florida, which aired Nov. 29, you know the story of the Metzger family of Sanford. Watch the CBS 60 Minutes video segment here.

Arielle Metzger, 15, was wearing a green and gray Stetson T-shirt during her interview. Arielle, who lives in a truck with her brother Austin, 13, and father Tom, talked about how important education is to the family and how she eventually wants to become a lawyer to help children and homeless people.

Stetson reached out to the Metzger family with the following:

  • A financial aid package to cover the full cost of attending the university for Arielle and Austin. Watch as Fox News follows up with the family in Sanford after Arielle and Austin Metzger learned that Stetson University guaranteed them a full scholarship.
  • To help guide them, three undergraduates from the Stetson Bonner Scholars Program will mentor Arielle and Austin as they continue their public school education. The Bonner Scholars Program is a prestigious national program dedicated to opening access to education for all students who are seeking an opportunity to serve others. Stetson is the only Bonner school in Florida.
  • Members of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority committed to raise funds to help support some of the immediate needs of the family.
  • The Metzger family met
 with President Libby on the CBS Early Show. Watch as the Metzgers discuss receiving the full scholarship from Stetson University.
  • Stetson has always had a significant commitment to serving the greater community. From DeLand to Gulfport, the university distinguishes herself through a university-wide commitment to affirming the worth and dignity of every human being and to bettering the world.
  • Hundreds of alumni, parents and friends have contacted the university inquiring as to how they can help families like the Metzgers. You can be a part of the university’s efforts to assist families with extreme financial need by making a contribution to one or more of the following funds or programs. Just link to Stetson’s online gift form, click on “other” and enter the name of the following fund or program you would like to support:

Dr. Wendy Libby, right, appeared on the CBS Early Show with Arielle and Austin Metzger.

The Bonner Scholars Program — Supporting students who are actively engaged in service to people in need
The Student Coalition to End Homelessness — Stetson University student organization that works directly with the homeless in Volusia County
The Opportunity Stetson Scholarship — Providing scholarship suport for students in extreme need
The Annual Fund — Providing scholarship support each year for students with financial need
Law General Scholarship Fund — Supporting law students with financial need
Public Service Fellows — Providing resources for law students who work with the indigent

For more information, call the Office of Development at 386-822-7455 
or e-mail development@stetson.edu.

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