Kay Litke Culinary Arts Scholarship Endowment Established through $100,000 Gift from the Litke Family

June 14, 2017

NICEVILLE- A seat at Kay Litke’s dinner tableLitke Spotlight was a hot commodity as she and her three children traversed the globe during her husband’s, Major General (ret) Don Litke, thirty year career in the Air Force. Kay embodied grace and hospitality as their family personified the spirit of America on their many overseas tours. No matter what the assignment, Kay served as hostess to diplomats and airman across the globe.

As a way to honor Kay’s tremendous legacy, the Litke family established the Kay Litke Culinary Arts Scholarship Endowment with a $100,000 gift to the Northwest Florida State College Foundation. Kay was very active in a variety of ways at NWFSC. She and her husband endowed The Major General and Mrs. Donald P. Litke Scholarship 20 years ago which continues to be awarded each year and has helped over 25 students realize their educational dreams. The couple became friends and mentors to every recipient of the Litke’s scholarship.

“Mrs. Litke was a kind and caring woman who impacted the lives of many Northwest Florida State College students,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, President, NWF State College. “Due to this generous gift from the Litke family, her legacy will continue to grow for generations to come.”

Kay was an active member of the Northwest Florida Symphony Guild and supporter of the NFSO including the Conductor’s Circle and Kids at the Symphony.  She was a member of the President’s Circle, a Signature Seat holder at the Arts Center, an active participant of the Raider Club, and a Raider Athletic fan. It is the family’s hope that this scholarship will allow deserving students to reach their potential in the field of culinary arts, a program that will start in fall 2018. 


Photo caption (l-r): Dr. Devin Stephenson, President, NWF State College; Cristie Kedroski, Vice President, College Advancement; Don Litke, Major General (ret); and his daughters, Sue Farrell and Lisa Pack.