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.