St. Petersburg College (SPC) today announced that Tech Data Corporation, one of the world’s leading IT distributors and the largest public company in the Tampa Bay region, will provide $10,000 in scholarships to SPC students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Technology Development and Management.
The scholarships will help cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books for SPC students, who can receive up to $2,000 a year, or $1,000 per semester. Five scholarship recipients will be selected beginning with the Fall 2016 term.
“Tech Data is excited to partner with SPC to provide students with the opportunity to learn and thrive in technology careers through this scholarship program,” said Angie Beltz, vice president, Cisco Solutions Group at Tech Data and a member of the SPC Foundation Board of Directors. “This scholarship exemplifies our commitment to educating and training our future leaders. SPC’s Technology Development and Management program provides students with the skills they need to work in today’s evolving IT landscape, and we thank SPC for their leadership and continued partnership.”
The scholarships will be distributed through the SPC Foundation, which is a direct support organization of St. Petersburg College.
“Tech Data, through the leadership of Bob Dutkowsky and Angie Beltz, has been a trailblazer in helping to ensure that area students possess the high-demand skills that will ensure their long-term success as well as the continued prosperity of the Tampa Bay area,” said Frances Neu, VP of Advancement for SPC. “We are proud to have their partnership.”
SPC recently partnered with Tech Data, Valpak, Agile Thought, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) to create a collaborative career development program known as the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp.
Among the 43 graduates who attended the Exploratory Lab, 78% were hired as interns or for new jobs by Tech Data, Agile Thought, Raymond James, Ernst & Young, local startup Lets Share Value, and an international company in Thailand. Some students returned to existing jobs seeking promotions and others returned to school with a new purpose.
Last month, Tech Data won Student Program of the Year from the TBTF for its leadership with the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp.
“Tech Data is a strong, local innovator and partner of St. Petersburg College,” said Sharon Setterlind, dean of SPC’s College of Computer and Information Technology. “This type of collaborative effort will help close technology skills gaps in the Tampa Bay area. We are hoping this kind of partnership catches on with technology firms across the Tampa Bay area, as it can truly make a difference in the lives of our students and the success of our local businesses.”
While students who receive the scholarship are not obligated to work or intern for Tech Data, Setterlind said she hopes the company continues to hire SPC graduates.
“Tech Data has hired several of our students, and they are thriving in their new careers,” she said.
To be eligible for the new scholarship, students must:
- Be enrolled full-time at St. Petersburg College
- Pursue a B.A.S. degree in Technology Development and Management
- Maintain continuous enrollment in the degree program
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.75
- Be a Florida resident
- Not have completed more than 141 cumulative credits
For more information about this new scholarship, visit the Foundation website.