FSU Foundation

CNL Charitable Foundation Gift Advances Preeminence of FSU College of Business to Honor CNL Founder James M. Seneff

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June 7, 2019

A generous $5 million gift commitment from CNL Charitable Foundation founded by alumnus James M. Seneff will establish an honors program at the Florida State University College of Business and advance the college farther down the path of preeminence.

A cash gift of $2 million will create a community of elite undergraduate students designated as James M. Seneff Scholars, while a $3 million planned gift will establish the James M. Seneff Fund for Preeminence.

“Jim Seneff is one of Florida State University’s most distinguished alumni, and we are honored and grateful that the CNL Charitable Foundation is investing in our academic excellence to honor its founder,” said President John Thrasher. “These gifts will provide College of Business honor students with life-changing opportunities and will help elevate the entire college. We greatly appreciate Jim’s friendship, support and generosity.”

James M. Seneff Scholars will benefit from a more rigorous curriculum focused on continued academic success and mentoring opportunities that lead to top job placements or continuing graduate studies. The James M. Seneff Honors Program will stress innovation and leadership, networking, collaboration and making lifelong professional connections. It also provides travel and research options and expanded internship and experiential learning opportunities.