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Salina Som, a senior at St. Petersburg Collegiate High School, has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar for the Class of 2014. More than 52,000 students applied for this honor which distinguishes her as a Leader for America’s Future™.

Aimed at helping minority students with financial needs for college funding, the Gates Millennium Scholarship program also provides academic support, leadership training and professional development for the 1,000 students chosen nationwide each year.

Salina’s strong leadership, community service and academic achievements contributed to her selection.

As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Salina will receive a scholarship to attend any accredited college or university in the United States. The renewable scholarship initially funds undergraduate studies, and can also fund Salina’s education through the master’s and doctoral levels.

This is the second consecutive year that St. Petersburg College has produced a Gates Millennium Scholar. Maria Thurber won the award last year and is now a student at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., studying international relations.

Salina plans to pursue a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Florida followed by a doctorate in Pharmaceutical Engineering. She discovered her passion for the lab in a Organic Chemistry class at St. Petersburg College’s Collegiate High School.

“One of the last labs was a multi-synthisis lab for Acetanilide, which is aspirin,” she said. “On the last day of the lab I just put the flask down and the crystals started forming from the solution. It was really big crystals because it was pure. I was so excited. It was the first real drug I synthsized.”

Exposure to college science labs and a research paper on the Evolution of Drug Discovery also fueled her passion for medicine.

Born in Cambodia, her family moved to Boston when she was 3 months old and then to St. Petersburg when she was in first grade. Her father, Savonn Som, just celebrated 10 years on the custodial staff at St. Petersburg College. Her father is still trying to take it all in.


Savonn Som and his daughter, Salina

“I can’t tell you because it is too much,” he said. “My whole life I never thought about something like this.”

After escaping from Cambodia and then to Thailand and eventually America, he never even dreamed of things like having a car or getting an education. He gives his daughter all the credit.

“I just worked hard to put her in school,” he said.

Salina came to SPC as a high school sophomore from St. Petersburg High School’s pre IB program.

“It was a great program but just not a good fit for me,” she said. “Here I found more hands-on learning. The teachers gave me more attention when I needed help. It was less competitive and more collaborative.”

“I am so proud of Salina,” said SPCHS Principal Starla Metz. “She is a humble and hardworking student who is most deserving of this honor.”


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Patricia Price Sattler met her husband, Manny, as part of her work with paraplegic veterans during World War II.

For the next 25 years, a new scholarship in honor of a former World War II Army nurse will help a single parent who is a student at St. Petersburg College pursue the dream of a nursing degree.

The Pat Sattler RN Nursing Scholarship, established at the St. Petersburg College Foundation, honors Patricia Price Sattler, who died in 2011 at the age of 88. In 1942, she joined the Army Nurses Corp. She was assigned to Cushing Army Hospital, a major center for the rehabilitation of injured GIs.

She became an evening charge nurse in the paraplegic unit, where she met and fell in love with her husband, Manny, who had suffered a spinal cord injury when his tank was blown up in Germany.

After the war, her husband became one of the founders of the Wheelchair Basketball League, which traveled the country performing in exhibitions.

She was proud of the Army nursing service. When they moved to Florida, she continued her nursing career at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, where she remained for 25 years until she retired at the age of 70. She retained a love for the “old school” nursing caps, starched white uniforms and polished white shoes. Her nursing students considered her formidable, even though she stood just 5 feet tall.

The scholarship honors her proud service in the Army and civilian life.

Applications for scholarships offered by the St. Petersburg College Foundation are being accepted through Sept. 27. For information on this and other foundation scholarships, contact the foundation.

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This month ceremonies were held for recipients awarded scholarships to attend St. Petersburg College.

More than 100 people received Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholarship awards. A ceremony was held July 15. The scholarship honors the legacy of Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke, an educator and humanitarian who spent her life improving the lives of others. Clarke taught in Pinellas County public schools, Bethune-Cookman College and Florida A&M University. She served as Dean of Gibbs Junior College serving African-American students in the 1950s. When Gibbs became part of St. Petersburg Junior College in the 60s, she became Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs.

There were more than 90 Presidential Scholarship recipients with a ceremony held on July 23. The scholarship covers tuition credit hours for up to 15 credit hours per term at SPC for one year immediately following high school graduation. Applicants meet criteria including a weighted cumulative grade point average of at least 3.80 at the end of the seventh semester of high school.

View a list of all of the recipients for Johnnie Ruth Clarke and the Presidential scholarships.

See more photos from the Johnnie Ruth Clarke awards ceremony and the Presidential Scholarship ceremony on the college’s Facebook page.

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Glenveagh National Park, photographed during SPC’s Ireland 2013 Study Abroad trip

“How do I pay for this?” is the most common question heard in the Center for International Programs at St. Petersburg College, followed immediately by, “Is there a scholarship?” Students asked and, with help, the college delivered!

After getting the word out with email broadcasts, scholarship-specific info sessions and links to the scholarship applications on the study abroad website, more than 100 students have applied for the Study Abroad Foundation, Baccalaureate and Honors awards available.

The 2012-2013 year has been a wonderful example of teamwork and generosity at SPC. The Center for International Programs has worked closely with the Honors College, the Baccalaureate Program and with the SPC Foundation to make the college’s faculty-led study abroad programs more financially accessible to our students. These partnerships gave eligible study abroad applicants access to a staggering total of nearly $30,000 in scholarship funding.

  • The SPC Foundation offered four $925 Helen Leslie Scholarship awards and five $800 Study Abroad Scholarship Fund awards to the following students: Kiersten Hurst, Cheri Kuenn, Constantine Dhonau, Jacy Bussey, Sarah Merrill, Yvette Collins, Katherine Keegan, Christina Picarelli and Ashley Backert.
  • The Baccalaureate Program granted six $2,500 awards to Peter Thomas, Vera Burianek, Amber Murray, Joseph Camera, Maria Elebengono and Sarah Trinh.
  • The Honors College awarded five $1,000 scholarships to Constantine Dhonau, Cheri Kuenn, Christina Picarelli, Jacy Bussey and Amber Murray.

Giant’s Causeway, photographed during SPC’s Ireland 2013 Study Abroad trip

We are sincerely grateful for the hard work Theresa Afify of the Foundation Office, Djuan Fox of the Baccalaureate Program and Nadia Yevstigneyeva of the Honors College have put into the development of these scholarships and into processing the many applications they received.

Keep an eye on the SPC Study Abroad blog this summer to see the incredible experiences these scholarships have made possible!

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African-American History Month celebration at SPC’s Allstate Center

SPC’s campuses and centers have been busy throughout February hosting a variety of events marking African-American History Month, from art exhibits to musical events and competitions.

Earlier this month, the Allstate Center held a celebration featuring a drum circle, music and food. Events at other campuses have included a session with civil rights guest speaker Lonnie C. King Jr. at SPC Downtown as well as food festivals throughout the college. This week the Black History Trivia Competition is being hosted at the Clearwater Campus. Scholarships will be awarded to first, second and third-place winners.

More photos from the Allstate Center celebration are on SPC’s Facebook page.

See African-American History Month events at SPC on the college’s event calendar.

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Giotto’s Bell Tower, Florence

Everyone is trying to stretch their budget. For students interested in SPC’s Study Abroad program, a scholarship could offer the means to travel overseas and still stay on a tight budget.

Scholarships are available every year for SPC Study Abroad trips. Students can check the college’s website for updated information.

  • Students who apply for Foundation Scholarships can be considered for four (4) $925 and five (5) $800 scholarships. These scholarships are open through March 1 for additional summer applicants.
  • If you are a bachelor’s degree student at SPC, you may be eligible for a $2,500 scholarship towards the cost of one of the college’s summer 2013 Study Abroad trips. The deadline to apply is March 10. An information session will be held Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m. in AD 152 at the Clearwater Campus for those seeking more information.
  • Honors College students can apply for a scholarship to Study Abroad using this form. The deadline is April 10.

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St. Petersburg College has received $43,750 from the Florida State College Foundation to be used for scholarships to the college.

Dr. Tom Furlong and Joe Lang present the scholarship checks from the Florida State College Foundation

The presentation was made Tuesday at the Board of Trustees meeting. To see only this portion of the meeting, start at the 5:10 point of the video.

“The Florida College System Foundation has done an outstanding job developing relationships with statewide funders for the benefit of the 28 state colleges across Florida,” said Frances Neu, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation. “The SPC Foundation is deeply grateful for the support and the opportunity to provide scholarships to more students as they seek to realize their educational and career goals.”

Here is a breakdown of the gifts received from the Florida College System Foundation:

$3,778.64 to support the Bank of America Dream Makers Scholarship

  • The Dream Makers Scholarship was established through a $1-million gift from Bank of America and equally matched by the state of Florida through the Dr. Philip Benjamin Matching Grant. The earnings from the endowment are awarded annually and equally distributed to Florida’s 28 colleges. This scholarship is awarded to first-generation students to cover tuition, books, feed and childcare.

$27,311 to support the Helios Education Foundation First Generation Scholarship

  • This gift is from a grant from the Helios Education Foundation. These scholarships help fund tuition, books and fees for first-generation in college students. Preference is given to students who are preparing for a career in education with the intent to become a teacher in Florida.

 $12,661.75 to support the Florida Blue Scholarship

  • This scholarship supports students studying nursing and allied health programs in order to meet the growing need for skilled nurses and allied health professionals who serve the diverse population of Florida.

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Scholarship Hustle

Dollars for Scholars of St. Petersburg will hold its Inaugural Scholarship Hustle for about 140 runners at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs on Sunday, March 25 at 7:30 a.m. Runners can still register online or register on the day of the event at the site.

“It is such a beautiful venue to come and spend the day,” said Michelle Piccione, founder of Dollars for Scholars at the Health Education Center. “This is perfect for our inaugural event.”

The event will consist of a 5K Degree Seeker run and one-mile Academic family walk/run. The race will begin in the park and continue across the causeway with a breathtaking view of the water on both sides, around the tropic palm tree island, back across the causeway and end in the park.

SPC President Bill Law will speak at the start of the event and then will join the race as runner No. 1. Proceeds from the event will help provide scholarships to SPC students.

“All of the money is going into the alumni association and straight into scholarships,” she said. “At the Dollars for Scholars Thrift Store, we’ve already raised enough money to pay for this event, so 100 percent of every penny that comes in on this is going into scholarships.”

A $300 cash prize will be awarded to the best male and female overall runners, and two runners-up each will have a $500 scholarship award named after them or a person of their choice. Trophies three-deep then will be awarded for the male, female and all-age categories. Gift cards and certificates also will be awarded, and all participants will receive a medal of completion. No double trophies will be awarded.

For questions, contact Michelle Piccione at 727-742-8565.

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Alistair Glover

Alistair Glover

For the second year in a row, an SPC student has won Florida’s 2012 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar. Alistair Glover, 24, a chemistry student in the Honors College, will receive a $2,000 stipend with the award.

Last year, Spenser Reed, another Honors College student at the Clearwater Campus, was named the New Century Scholar for Florida. In 2010, Tara Brown-Ogilvie was named a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar and Samantha Mitchell was named a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar.

“I’m both excited and honored to be receiving an award of this magnitude,” Glover said. “I think this will open up a lot more doors when it comes time to transfer.”

Glover is president of the Student Government Association at the Clearwater Campus and will graduate in May. He hopes to enroll at Harvard University but is also considering the University of Chicago or Dartmouth University, and plans to dual-major in chemistry and economics.

Taylor Howe, an 18-year-old student at the Tarpon Springs Campus, was named a 2012 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

Taylor Howe

Taylor Howe

To be selected for the scholarships, both students had to make it on the Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges. Members of PTK must demonstrate honor and service to others and maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher.

The New Century Scholars program honors the top scoring Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team nominee from each of the 50 states in the U.S.

The Coca-Cola New Century Scholars program is sponsored annually by the American Association of Community Colleges, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and Phi Theta Kappa.

This year’s All-Florida Academic Team Awards ceremony will be at Valencia College’s West Campus: Special Events Center in Orlando on Thursday, April 5 at noon-1:30 p.m. Winners and two guests each may attend the awards ceremony free.

“I am honored that I am able to pick up the torch and demonstrate to the rest of the Florida state academic community that SPC is still a strong institution,” Glover said. “I’m happy to be bringing those ideas forward.”

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The accolades continue to come in for Spenser Reed.

Monday the Clearwater Campus student was recognized in a full-page advertisement in USA Today as one of 20 members of the All-USA Community College Academic team.

SPC President Bill Law joined Clearwater Campus student Spenser Reed at the annual American Association of Community Colleges convention in New Orleans this week, where Reed was honored as a member of the 20-person USA Today All-USA Community College Academic Team. From left, Rod Risley, Executive Director, Phi Theta Kappa; John Sygielski, President of Mount Hood Community College and Chairman of the AACC Board of Directors; Dr. Law; Reed; Steve Pribyl, Vice President of Follett Higher Education Group; and Charlene Hale of USA Today.

The community college students honored from around the country were selected from more than 1,600 nominees. President Bill Law joined Reed and his family in New Orleans Monday for the ceremonies.

The team is sponsored jointly by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges, as well as by Follett Higher Education Group.

One of Reed’s accomplishments was authorship of an article that investigated the role of activated microglia and immune cells in the progression of HIV-associated dementia. That article was published in the Jan. 11 issue of Molecular Neurodegeneration.

Reed also is Florida’s New Century Scholar. A New Century Scholar is selected from each state and receives a $2,000 stipend. He was honored Thursday in Tallahassee but was unable to attend because he was ill. He prepared the adjacent video for the ceremony.

Last Wednesday, he was selected as one of the four finalists for the Apollo Award, given annually by the college’s Alumni Association to the outstanding two-year graduate. The winner will be announced at graduation.

SPC will receive $15,000 in textbook scholarships from Follett Higher Education Group as part of the All-USA Academic Team recognition.

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