The 2015 Presidential Scholars Award Ceremony and Recognition was held Tuesday at the James Olliver Digitorium at the Seminole Campus.
This year, 65 students were selected as SPC 2015 Presidential Scholars. They will receive a total of more than $460,000 in tuition scholarship awards.
“Our purpose tonight is to recognize you, the students, and your accomplishments,” said SPC President Bill Law.
The Scholars and their family members were treated to a speech by Amy Bhatt, who graduated with her Associate in Art degree in May. Bhatt talked about the importance of joining clubs and organizations, and working to get published, while attending SPC. She explained how important it was to expand their world through networking and reaching out for support to help them reach their goals.
The attendees also heard from Bill McCloud, Chairman of the SPC Foundation Board of Directors. McCloud is an alumni of the Gibbs Junior College – the county’s black junior college – which merged with St. Petersburg Junior College in the 1960s.
“We’re very proud of you and commend you for your outstanding efforts,” McCloud said.
This year’s Scholars had an average weighted GPA of 4.29, an average SAT score for Reading and Math of 1102 and an average ACT score of 25.
SPC’s Presidential Scholarship provides full tuition for 60 credit hours of study at St. Petersburg College. As Presidential Scholars, this select group of students is invited to join the President’s Scholars Counsel and will meet with President Law during their enrollment to gain an inside look at college operations and activities and share their perspectives on student affairs.
Presidential Scholarship recipients are selected annually based on merit and test scores.