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FSU alumnus invests $1 million to launch endowment for first-generation students in College of Business

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Tony DiBenedetto, a Tampa-based technology executive, entrepreneur, philanthropist and graduate of the Florida State University College of Business, has gifted $1 million to provide support and career development for first-generation students in the college – continuing years of generosity to the university.

DiBenedetto’s latest investment will create the Think Big Endowment Fund, which will provide funding and resources for students to pursue professional development opportunities, including networking events, workshops, conferences, internships and study-abroad trips. The fund also will help those students develop the tools and skills they need to flourish, as he has.

DiBenedetto, a member of the College of Business Alumni Hall of Fame, is chairman and CEO of Appspace, an award-winning workspace platform that serves more than 2,700 global businesses and 12 million employees. He previously co-founded and was CEO of Tribridge, which specialized in software services and cloud solutions.

His previous gifts to FSU include an investment to create the Tony DiBenedetto Computer-Assisted Career Guidance Lab in the university’s Career Center, where he worked as a student. He credits the center for helping him transition from college to professional life.