Local teacher who passed away gives $390,000 gift to TCC

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Local teacher who passed away gives $390,000 gift to TCC
Local teacher who passed away gives $390,000 gift to TCC
Posted at 4:15 PM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 14:41:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Thanks to a generous gift from a woman who knows the value and the importance of getting an education, some students at Tallahassee Community College are going to get their tuition paid for. 

"Something good always comes out of something not so good," said Heather Mitchell, Executive Director of TCC Foundation. 

Kay Floyd, taught kindergarten in Wakulla County for over 20 years, her husband Tinsley taught at TCC, but this spring Kay passed away from cancer, however her gift of education lives on. 

In her will, she gifted the TCC Foundation, $390,000 so that three to four students could attend college every year, free of charge.  

"I really just think that she and Tinsley were just really looking for a way that they can help others and they really felt like education was the way to do that," said Mitchell. 

And this gift is just one way Kay can continue to help educate. 

"She touched so many children's lives. She and Tinsley never had children of their own so she always felt like her students were her children and that love will be forever reciprocated, paying it forward on and on and on forever and we are just thrilled that she chose TCC to do this work," said Mitchell. 

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Tallahassee Community College announced on Monday it received three gifts, including a $390,000 endowed fund from a former Wakulla County kindergarten teacher. 

Kay Floyd, who taught kindergarten in Wakulla County, passed away this spring. Floyd's will stipulated a gift of $390,000 to TCC. 

The gift will pay full tuition for three to four students every year. Floyd had already established a separate athletic scholarship fund at TCC in the 1990s. 

The Tinsley and Kay Floyd Scholarship Fund had been created with a planned gift from Kay’s estate.

Tinsley was an instructor at TCC for years. He and Kay established a scholarship to help provide books to student athletes in the 1990s. 

TCC also announced two additional gifts at the Monday meeting.

Steelcase and Perdue Office interiors donated $25,000 in furniture and Siemens donated $40,000 to develop curriculum and equip a learning lab on TCC’s main campus. 

Steelcase’s $25,000 furniture donation will be matched, which will fund an entire classroom on campus.