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OCTOBER 16, 2013

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen serves as the "auctioneer extraordinaire" for the annual scholarship auction hosted by the First Lady.

During the fall semester at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF), First Lady Ruth Ann Kinchen hosts a scholarship auction in her home to raise money for tuition so that many female students can attend school. Begun several years ago as a special form of financial aid for student wives, this particular scholarship fund has now become a source of help for any female students who need some extra help in order to attend classes. This year’s auction, held October 15, was a huge success with over $6500 raised in support of scholarships.

Welcomed at the door by BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, faculty and their spouses gathered for what has been described by many of the faculty as one of their favorite events of the year. In addition to raising money for such a worthy and needed cause, invited guest always enjoy the homemade goodies provided by Ms. Ruth Ann, as well as the fellowship and treasures obtained from the auction. Homemade cakes and cookies, handcrafted quilt items, and an antique clock were just a few of the items that caught the attention of guests this year.

At the end of the evening when all of the money was collected and the last check was written, the true winners were the students who will benefit from the proceeds obtained from the auction. More often than not, the reason many students are unable to continue their education is the lack of financial resources. The BCF First Lady makes it a priority each year through hosting the scholarship auction and making crockpots full of homemade chili for the Heritage Festival to raise money to help those students who need assistance with tuition.

According to the BCF President, "If we are not careful, even at a Christian college, students can fall between the cracks and no one ever knows their real needs. At BCF all of our faculty and staff are focused on doing whatever they can whenever a special student need arises. It is our aim and prayer that no one suffers in silence and has a need that is unmet. The cost of attendance at BCF is among the very lowest of any Baptist college in America. Still, we want to help in every way possible to relieve the burden on students and their families. Nobody does that better than our First Lady. I am grateful for and proud of her efforts on behalf of our students."