by Wilma Norton in Giving
Honoring her loved ones’ service with scholarships for veterans
Diana Ekonomou wanted to do something amazing to honor her father Ramon Campo, and her husband, Tony Ekonomou, both of whom served in World War II. When she learned of the challenges many veterans face to complete their college degrees, she decided to establish a scholarship at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay in their names.
Diana was thinking about what to call the scholarship fund, and realized it was too much of a mouthful to name it the “Anthony Ekonomou and Ramon F. Campo WWII Veterans Scholarship”. That’s when she decided to create two scholarships, one for each of the special men in her life, providing twice the support!
Kemel Thompson, Director of Development at USF Alumni Association, was delighted with the news that the scholarships will benefit student veterans attending the University of South Florida. Named as the best institution for vets in the country by Military Times in 2015, USF created the Veterans Success Last Mile Scholarship Fund to provide assistance to student veterans and help ensure their achievement through graduation and to employment.
The Anthony Ekonomou WWII Veteran Scholarship will provide financial assistance to a veteran student pursuing a degree in Engineering. The Ramon F. Campo WWII Veteran Scholarship will provide financial assistance to a veteran student enrolled in the Muma College of Business. We are grateful to Diana for her generous and impactful gift.
Please contact Molly James at 813.609.4857 if you would like to learn more about opportunities to support veterans.