Mina Edison Society®

Empowering Students. Impacting Tomorrow.

Believing in the boundless potential of young people, Mina Edison Society® empowers FSW students to navigate their path toward success.

Mina Edison Society® is a network of influential professionals providing leadership, mentoring and scholarships to students of Florida SouthWestern State College. The Mina Edison Society® was established in 2007 by matriarchs of southwest Florida to encourage and model lifelong learning and develop leadership among students in the tradition of Florida SouthWestern State College. The power of women helping women was the catalyst for its philanthropic efforts. This legacy continues today as its mission expands to include all qualifying students.

“Let us train their hands and their hearts to the joy of creating perfect things…and we will have a better tomorrow.” – Mina Edison

Scholarship recipients realize that education opens doors to a brighter tomorrow. These students recognize that a nation filled with educated men and women is a nation filled with the potential to impact progress locally while building communities globally. Members of the Mina Edison Society® dedicate themselves to these students, their aspirations and pathways toward realizing their potential.

Meet the Students

(click on their picture below to hear their stories)

Carmen, Shirin, Ariel (2021)

Ashley, Ariel, Carmen (2019)

“Thank you for the scholarship because I would have never been able to assist college by my own means. The scholarship provided me the tools to become successful in my classes, to focus less on my financial worries, to believe that education is the best decision to mature and grow with time. The opportunity of having a scholarship is a blessing that allowed me to reach my dreams. It is a ray of hope that gave me the motivation to continue to move forward in the right direction.” —Carmen

Event Photos

Mina Edison Society Focus on Excellence: October 20, 2021

Mina Edison Society Spring Soiree: April 20, 2021

Mina’s Pantry: November 12, 2020

FSW Campus Tour & Simulation Day: February 24, 2020

Focus on Excellence: October 30, 2019

Cocktail Party: April 25, 2019

Holiday Sparkle: November 30, 2018

Cocktail Party: April 26, 2018

Mina Edison Society® Membership

By becoming a member of the Mina Edison Society®, you will have the opportunity to meet our scholarship recipients, to learn of their challenges and to help them achieve their dreams. We are ordinary people doing extraordinary acts of passion and caring.

Click here to donate or join the Mina Edison Society®.

Mina Edison Society

Why Mina Edison?

Mina Edison, an intrepid educator, loving wife and community activist, created an extraordinary legacy. As matriarch and one of the first philanthropists to arrive in southwest Florida, she demonstrated the greatest virtues that have inspired Florida SouthWestern State College since its inception in 1962.

Mina Edison Plate

Mina Founders

Founded on the principles and values of this extraordinary woman, the Mina Edison Society® was established in 2007 by a group of influential professionals to provide leadership, mentoring and scholarships to deserving students. Each year members gather to meet young scholarship recipients, to enjoy opportunities on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College and foster philanthropic opportunities.


Sidney Ann Brinson
Berne Davis*
Suzanne Edwards
Helen Hendry*
Edith Kingsley*
Mavis Miller*
Julia Rush
Madeleine Taeni*
Lynne Taylor
MaryJo Walker

* In Memory