Colleague's Illness Spurs Action | Broward College Office of Advancement and Broward College Foundation

Colleague’s Illness Spurs Action

Deborah Kondelik


In 2002, when Professor Deborah Kondelik learned her co-worker, friend and theatre colleague was stricken with cancer, she wanted to create a lasting testament to his steadfast devotion to the students of Broward College.

She began organizing a gala celebration to honor Dr. Richard Hinners at the Fine Arts Theatre on Central Campus and in addition to Hinners’ current students, Professor Kondelik contacted as many of his former students as she could locate. The evening of the event, students came from around the world to share memorable stories of their experiences with “Doc” and the theatre’s green room was named in honor of him. In addition to commemorative gifts, Dr. Hinners received a personalized director’s chair from then Broward College President Dr. Willis Holcombe. Dr. Hinners was thrilled, and told Professor Kondelik “it was, without a doubt, the best night of my entire life.”

Professor Kondelik went even further and in his memory, created the Richard Graham Hinners’ Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Broward College Foundation. To date, four scholarships have been awarded to deserving theatre students.

“Broward College is a wonderful place to work and the students are here because they want to be here.  I believe that our foundation is one of the best in the country and I regularly donate through payroll deduction to the scholarship fund.  I encourage others to donate in all of the playbills that we distribute to patrons who attend our theatre productions.  Every person who wants an education deserves one and the Broward College Foundation helps that to happen,” says Kondelik.

To learn more about establishing a scholarship at the Broward College Foundation, click here or call 954-201-7414. Whatever your philanthropic goals may be, our staff will be happy to assist you in meeting them.


Cara Malave lives in a multi-generational household in a low-to moderate income neighborhood. Many of her high school classmates dropped out of school, got pregnant, became addicted to drugs or died. Several family members became seriously ill and she worked three jobs to help support her family. The money she had earned disqualified her for state assistance. "I am the first person in my family to earn an Associate in Arts degree but my educational path has not always been an easy road to travel. I learned about life and responsibility the hard way.