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2017 Presidential Scholarship CeremonyThis year, 37 of the best and the brightest students from across Pinellas County were selected as the St. Petersburg College 2017 Presidential Scholars. They will receive a total of more than $248,000 in tuition scholarship awards.

The event was held July 18 at the Clearwater Campus Auditorium.

Presidential Scholars were congratulated by:

The Scholars and their family members were also treated to a speech from Deveaux, who graduated in May from SPC summa cum laude with a dual bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies and Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing Technology.

Alexis said, “The mission of St. Petersburg College to ‘promote student success and enrich our communities through education, career development, and self-discovery’ has become a moniker and guiding principle in my life.”

This year’s Scholars had an average weighted GPA of 4.38, an average SAT score for Reading and Math of 1235 and an average ACT score of 26.

SPC’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship recognizes outstanding achievement among Pinellas County high school students. Graduating seniors from public, private, parochial, and home school environments, who have a minimum weighted GPA of 3.5 are eligible to apply.

The scholarship provides full tuition for 60 credit hours of study at SPC. As Presidential Scholars, these students are automatically accepted into the SPC Honors Program, which is committed to ensuring the optimal educational experience for dedicated and talented students.

Presidential Scholarship recipients are selected annually based on merit and test scores.

See more photos from the event on the college’s Facebook page.


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St. Petersburg College Foundation donors, partners, students, and college leadership celebrated the awarding of more than $1.7 million in scholarships to over 2,000 students during the 2015-16 academic year at the 18th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on March 30.

More than 250 guests attended the event, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and emceed by Bay News 9’s Veronica Cintron. SPC students, Andrew Holness and Valerie Diaz, moved the audience as they shared their educational journeys with guests. Offering a donor’s perspective, Terry Brett, co-founder of the Patrick Brett Foundation and former chair of the college’s Board of Trustees, shared the heartfelt story behind the Foundation he created with wife Kim in memory of their son. The Patrick Brett Foundation funds scholarships for fresh-start students at SPC, giving them a second chance to succeed.

Diaz, who is graduating in May with an Associate in Arts degree, said, “I want to sincerely thank those who have made this all possible. All of the Foundation’s donors along with SPC’s dedicated faculty and staff have given me the opportunity to aim higher and achieve the unthinkable. Thank you for allowing me to work towards my dream and have the privilege of a good education.”

18th Annual Scholarship Foundation Luncheon

18th Annual Scholarship Foundation Luncheon

See more photos from the event on the college’s Facebook page.

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The future looks bright for recipients of this year’s Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke and Presidential scholarships at St. Petersburg College. Ninety-six students received Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke and Presidential scholarships in July.


Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke – humanitarian, educator, civil rights champion

The Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholarship, named in honor of the groundbreaking Florida educator, was awarded to 50 students at a ceremony at SPC’s St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. Recipients heard from Student Government Association President and SPC alumna Jovan Jocelyn and Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke scholar Alliyah Edwards, who urged students to get involved on campus. This year’s winners were congratulated by SPC President Bill Law, Senior Vice President Tonjua Williams and Vice President, Administrative/ Business Services & Information Technology, Brian Miles. The scholarship provides an opportunity for disadvantaged or underrepresented students to attend SPC, covering up to 12 credits per term for two consecutive years.

Dr. Clarke grew up during segregation. Inspired by her teachers, she went on to become the first the first African-American to receive a doctorate from the University of Florida’s College of Education. She served in the public school system, as dean at Gibbs Junior College, and assistant dean of academic affairs at St. Petersburg Junior College during the 1960s. Learn more about the Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholarship here.

College officials and community leaders welcome Presidential scholars

St. Petersburg College’s Presidential Scholarship was awarded to 46 students at Clearwater Campus on July 19. The ceremony was emceed by campus Provost Stan Vittetoe and featured college President Bill Law, Senior Vice President Dr. Tonjua Williams, alumna and Presidential Scholar Erica Wells, Honors Program Director Earl Fratus, and Midtown Associate Provost Tyrone Clinton.

The evening’s speakers stressed that engagement in campus life was an important part of a academic success at SPC and career success later on. Students received a certificate and a handshake from Dr. Law as they crossed the stage. A reception followed the presentation of awards. Students had an opportunity to learn about SPC and meet with representatives of the college.

A Presidential Scholarship covers up to 60 credit hours of continuous enrollment starting the fall after a recipient’s high school graduation. Learn more about the Presidential Scholarship at St. Petersburg College.

Learn more about the many scholarships opportunities offered through SPC.

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IMG_4271St. Petersburg College student scholarship recipients had an opportunity to meet and thank their scholarship donors at the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s 17th annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, March 31.

The event, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management, celebrated the awarding of more than $1.5 million in scholarships to more than 1,900 students during the college’s 2015-16 academic year.

With enthusiasm in her voice, SPC student Marissa Allen talked about how delighted she was to co-host the event with Veronica Cintron, news anchor for Bay News 9. Allen, who will be graduating in May with her Associate in Arts degree, proudly introduced her fellow scholarship recipients.

SPC student speakers Brenda Vargas, Timora Works and Courtney Kent expressed gratitude for their educational journey.

Vargas, an Associate of Arts student whose studies include an emphasis in both Communication and Business, told her story of overcoming challenges after moving to Florida from Mexico. Her mother’s words of wisdom, “Nothing good comes easy, and nothing easy comes good,” helped her persevere.

With the passing of her beloved sister, who inspired her educational journey, Works was determined to be a role model for her family. Without the support of the Foundation, she said, going to college would have been a struggle. This May she will be graduating with an Associate of Science in Business Administration. She plans to continue at SPC and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

“For those of you who thought they’ve fallen from grace, the SPC Foundation reminds me that’s not so,” Kent said.

As a 35-year-old college student, Kent expressed his appreciation for the Foundation’s role in his academic journey. He will be graduating this spring with an Associate in Arts and plans to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Applied Science in Management and Organizational Leadership at SPC.

Vargas was awarded the Gabe Cazares Memorial Scholarship. Allen received the Optimist Clubs of St. Petersburg Scholarship. Works was named the Florence Ballenger Scholarship recipient, while Kent was awarded the Helios Education Foundation First Generation Scholarship.

Throughout the event, SPC students Daniel Baillie and Alex Bonyata from SPC’s music department entertained donors and scholarship recipients.

Visit here for more information about the Foundation’s scholarships. Applications for  the 2016-17 academic year scholarships start April 4.

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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.

Tech Data

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.


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Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholars

Boca Ciega High School graduates Tatyana Hudson and Quatia Gordon, two of this year’s Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholars.

Seventy-five recent high school graduates were honored Monday night at the 2015-16 Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholars celebration at the Music Center at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus.

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SPC President Bill Law welcomed the students, who attended with family members and friends.

“We couldn’t be prouder of you,” Law said.

The annual scholarship – one of the college’s most comprehensive – 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.

The award covers tuition for 12 credit hours per term for two consecutive years. It is offered to disadvantaged and/or other underrepresented Pinellas County high school students with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Destinee Bullard, a spring 2015 SPC graduate and 2013 Clarke Scholar who is headed to the University of Florida this fall, spoke to the students about the importance of getting involved in the activities and organizations the college has to offer and seeking out help from tutors and professors should they need it.

Bullard talked about how much she has grown, personally, at St. Petersburg College.

“SPC has become home to me…The faculty and staff at SPC are amazing,” Bullard said.

She encouraged the new Scholars to use all of the resources the college provides, from free tutoring to academic and career advising.

And she challenged them to challenge themselves: “Do something that scares you, because something great will come out of it,” she said.

The evening included musical selections by Joy Gann, who was accompanied on piano by Geoffrey Nugent. The event also included the presentation to the honorees, and a reception with refreshments. The Master of Ceremony was Darryl Henderson, Senior Administrative Services Specialist, and closing remarks were given by Dr. Albert Farr, President of the Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke Chapter of the National Council on Black American Affairs.

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Halle Kozlowski-Coward, from East Lake High School senior poses with SPC President Dr. Bill Law during Tuesday's ceremony.

Halle Kozlowski-Coward, from East Lake High School, poses with SPC President Dr. Bill Law during Tuesday’s ceremony.

The 2015 Presidential Scholars Award Ceremony and Recognition was held Tuesday at the James Olliver Digitorium at the Seminole Campus.

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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.

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