St. Petersburg College Foundation received $46,332 in scholarship funds from the Florida College System Foundation (FCSF). The funding presentation took place at the Board of Trustees’ meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20. FCSF awarded more than $893,000 in scholarship funds to Florida’s 28 colleges throughout the state. The scholarships are aimed at relieving the nursing shortage and helping students who are the first in their family to attend college.
SPC Foundation scholarships include:
- Nursing and Allied Health scholarships:
- $15,524 from Florida Blue
- First Generation scholarships:
- $25,680 from Helios Education Foundation
- $5,128 from Bank of America
SPC student and Helios Education scholarship recipient Yadira Aguilar Rivera received $1,500 as a first-generation college student. She’s a sophomore working toward an Associate in Arts degree in General Education. She hopes to complete a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.
“I had to work two jobs in order to pay for college because of my immigration status,” said Rivera. “This scholarship enables me to focus on what’s important for my education. It allows me to be one step closer to my goal without financial uncertainty.”
With more than 60 percent of SPC students relying on tuition assistance, the Foundation’s scholarships are increasingly important in helping these students achieve their academic and career goals.
The SPC Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships until Sept. 28 for the Spring 2017 term. All materials, including application and letter of recommendation, must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sept. 28 to be eligible for Spring 2017 consideration. Applications for 2016-2017 Study Abroad Scholarships will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Nov. 1.
For more information about scholarships and to apply, visit the SPC Foundation website.