The Robert H. Kahn, Jr. Family Foundation has established a $201,200 scholarship fund at Pensacola State College, school officials announced Tuesday.
The gift was made in honor of the late Bobby Kahn Jr., who passed away in 2014. It establishes the Robert H. Kahn Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Business and Management at Pensacola State. The first four scholarships have been awarded for the Spring 2017 semester.
Kahn’s wife Suzanne and daughter Dorothy established the scholarship to honor his interest in helping people achieve their dreams.
“Bobby believed so much in supporting those who make our community such a wonderful place to live,” said Suzanne Kahn. “He appreciated that hard work and education were keys to changing lives. This is a special way that we can help continue doing what he believed in.”
Pensacola State president Dr. Ed Meadows applauded the Kahn family for honoring the college.
“Suzanne Kahn and Dorothy Kahn Galloway have shown a strong commitment to Pensacola State College and our outstanding students,” said Meadows. “We are profoundly grateful for their fantastic support that will expand student scholarship opportunities.”
Kahn attended local schools, graduated from Pensacola High School in 1941, and attended Tulane University for two years until World War II interrupted his schooling. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the European Theater. He returned to Tulane to complete his degree in business administration, graduating in 1947. Kahn then entered the family business, the Lewis Bear Company, where he spent his career serving in various capacities including vice president, president and chairman of the board. He retired in 1985.
A member of Pensacola Yacht Club and an offshore sailor for more than 50 years, Kahn sailed the Pensacola-to-Mexico race seven times ─ winning it in 1975. He also served as a past president of Temple Beth-El and the Rotary Club of Pensacola.
The Robert H. Kahn Jr. Family Foundation was established in 1998 with the mission of supporting arts and culture, education, and religious activities.