Established by native Floridian Gettys P. Alderman and his wife Alice, both longtime Lakeland residents and members of the College Heights United Methodist Church who believed deeply in the value of higher education, this scholarship provides support for promising students with financial need to pursue degrees in Accounting or Citrus at Florida Southern College.
Eminent citrus industry executive, Florida native, and decorated World War II veteran Gettys P. Alderman and his wife Alice, remembered for her remarkable banking and finance career, were longtime Lakeland residents and members of the College Heights United Methodist Church who believed deeply in the value of higher education. Motivated by their desire to help students with financial need earn a college degree, they established The Gettys P. and Alice D. Alderman Scholarship at Florida Southern College.
Eligible candidates must be Florida residents, must have submitted a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), and must have demonstrated financial need as determined by the College’s Financial Aid Office. They must be majoring in Accounting or Citrus, have a minimum 970 SAT or 20 ACT, a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0., and have been offered admission to Florida Southern. Scholarships are awarded to first-year students and may be renewable each year up to four years for recipients who continue to major in Accounting or Citrus and maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
Applications are due late February. Finalists will be selected shortly thereafter and invited for interviews with the Alderman Scholarship Selection Committee during Scholars Weekend. Apply here.
After serving the state and federal governments in the inspection service, Gettys P. Alderman (1921-1985) devoted the last 25 years of his distinguished career to the Florida Citrus Exchange, where he worked in various marketing capacities and helped transform the company into what is today Seald Sweet International, Florida’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable packing company. A native of Nashua, Iowa, Alice D. Alderman (1921-2012) worked for People’s Bank in Lakeland for 35 years, rising to the position of assistant vice president before her retirement. Respected community leaders, the Aldermans volunteered their time and supported many local organizations, most particularly the College Heights United Methodist Church, where Alice served as treasurer and together they were members for many years.
The Aldermans created The Gettys P. and Alice D. Alderman Scholarship through a generous provision in their estate plan. Having no children of their own, they chose to invest in the lives of promising young women and men who otherwise could not afford a college degree, enabling the Alderman Scholars to receive a superb education at Florida Southern that prepares them for career success.