Twenty proposals designed to promote students success will be funded through the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s Innovation Grants Initiative. Grant recipients will receive awards of up to $3,500 to implement projects that broaden traditional curricula and enrich the learning experience for SPC students. In total, more than $55,250 will be awarded this year.
“The grants represent the enormous talent of SPC faculty and staff who design and implement the projects,” said Beth Horner, Vice Chair of the SPC Foundation Board of Directors. The grants are developed to help strengthen students’ skills in a number of areas including science, technology, the arts and career preparedness.
“These creative and well-planned projects promote success by engaging students in new and exciting ways,” Horner added. “We are pleased to be able to underwrite the grants.”
A committee comprised of college and community representatives reviewed and evaluated the proposals.
The Innovation Grants Initiative was launched in 2011 as an opportunity to support the college’s efforts to improve student success. The Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 since starting the initiative.
This year’s grant recipients are:
James Angle, Support for Online Testing Fire and Public Safety Training Center
Gabrielle Bain, PT Obstacle Props
Brittany Baldwin, Educational Ecosystem Development Fund
Marie Biggs, Girl Power: Building Science Content Literacy for Girls K-5
Susan Blanchard, Reaching Out – Disabilities in the Community
Meg Delgato, STEM on Wheels: A Portable Approach to Science Inquiry in the Classroom
Meg Delgato, Instrumental Change, The Sequel: Using the Art of Drum Making to Investigate
the Science of Sound
Ethan Hart, SteamWorks
Jonathan Helms, Vocation Vacation
Stephanie Henningsen, The SPC Student Leadership Academy
David Manson, 2016 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival
Ray Menard, There’s More to Meat than Meets the Eye
Marilyn Michael, 2016 Summer Vocal Institute
Natavia Middleton, Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader
Kari Morrel, Midtown Library Technology Enhancement
Shirley Oakley, Persuasion and Performance: Connecting Students with Professionals in the Media Field
Julia Rawa-White, Rise & Shine: Student Success through Interdisciplinary Research & Scholarly Publication
Lara Sharp, Off to the Races–Summer Camp Program: Building Robotic Cars
Katherine Siegler, Biotech Botanicals
Carol Weideman, Expanding the Teaching Toolkit to Enhance Student Engagement