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For many, college provides a reliable springboard to success.

Still, success, as tennis legend Arthur Ashe observed, is “a journey, not a destination.”

For first-year Beacon College students, that journey begins in Fogg Hall.

In January 2019, Beacon College officials dedicated Fogg Hall, the nonprofit liberal arts school’s academic hub, during a ceremony saluting the continuing generosity of The Edward C. Fogg, III and Lizbeth A. Fogg Charitable Trust.

The college acquired the 12,000-square-foot storefront space two decades ago to serve as its academic focal point. With the help of generous contributions from the Fogg Charitable Trust, the school transformed the space that houses nearly 90 percent of the college’s classroom and laboratory space and more than half of faculty offices into an educational space with a more traditional college feel.

At Fogg Hall, students begin their academic journey at Beacon by visiting the library inside. It features a row of shelves stocked with more than 800 books related to learning disabilities. These books help inform the research projects freshmen complete in their learning essentials and self-discovery courses. The research helps students learn more about their specific learning difference and discover workarounds they can lean on to help navigate their success at Beacon and beyond.

Our students, faculty and staff are extremely fortunate to have benefactors like the Fogg Charitable Trust stand with the college community in making these critical contributions.

This past year, the Fogg Charitable Trust generously donated $150,000 to Beacon College which, in part, helped strengthen the college’s scholarship endowment. As our students enter Fogg Hall as freshmen, it is critical they know the story and legacy of those who generously made opportunities available for them. 

The reverence and utility of this special place owes to Edward and Lizbeth Fogg. The Foggs grew citrus and developed farm and convenience stores that primarily sold milk, bread, and ice cream. They owned numerous stores throughout Florida, including three in Leesburg. Edward Fogg died in November 2004. Lisabeth passed away in February 2015.

Their legacy lives on through The Edward C Fogg III and Lisbeth A. Fogg Charitable Trust in Camilla, Ga. — and, the Beacon College community is grateful for their continued support of our mission of serving the educational needs of students with learning differences.