|Pictured from left to right are: (front) Michele Ross McIntyre,
Danielle Chiste, Sue Ross Joiner; and (back) Mark Ross and Robert Ross.
Danielle Chiste is the inaugural recipient of the Bob Ross
Scholarship. The talented junior insurance major received the award at the fall
banquet of the Florida State University College of Business School of Risk Management/Insurance awards
banquet held December 4.
Four of Bob Ross’s five children were on hand to celebrate the
award, given in their father’s honor, and meet the recipient.
Former Chairman Sam Rogers, who spearheaded the scholarship
fundraising efforts during his term and is a lifelong friend of the Ross
family, reflected on the momentous occasion.
“One of the remarkable things about this legacy scholarship is
not just that Bob Ross’s name will forever appear in a program or on a plaque,
but also that students like Danielle will forever be connected to Bob Ross and
Danielle said she feels honored and blessed to receive such a
“If there is one thing I am most excited for, it would
definitely be my drive to live on Bob Ross’s legacy,” she said. “(The Ross
family is) such a lively and incredible group of people, and I am thrilled to
keep a relationship with all of them.”
The scholarship was made possible through the efforts of the FAIA
Good Works Fund. Contributions from companies,
agencies, and individuals reached the $100,000 necessary to endow
the scholarship in Bob’s name, ensuring that a $5,000 scholarship award can be
awarded in perpetuity.