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Gulf Coast State College in Panama City receives record $2.5M donation


PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast State College and the GCSC Foundation accepted the gift of a lifetime Thursday morning.

The college received $2.5 million, the largest single donation in its history, from Julie Hilton for hospitality and tourism-related programs.

Hilton, president of Hilton Resorts in Panama City Beach, said $1 million will be set aside for the Katherine Griffin Boatwright Endowed Faculty Chair for Hospitality & Tourism, and $1 million will go to ongoing operating expenses to enhance hospitality management and tourism-related degree and certificate programs.

Gulf Coast State College and the GCSC Foundation receive $2.5 million from Julie Hilton on Thursday. The gift is the largest in the college's history.

The initiatives will be under the umbrella of the soon-to-be Hilton Hospitality Management & Tourism Program. GCSC also will dedicate and rename the college’s Advanced Technology Center to the Charles Hilton Center for Advanced Technology and Hospitality Management in July. The late Charles Hilton was Julie Hilton’s father.

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