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Recipient at the Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholars eventThe St. Petersburg Gibbs Campus Music Center hosted the Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholars Award Ceremony presented by the National Council on Black American Affairs on July 15. The scholarship provides disadvantaged and underrepresented students with 12 credit hours per term over two consecutive years. 

The 2019-20 class of Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke scholars is a diverse group of 75 students. There were lots of smiles, laughter, and hugs in the rows reserved for scholarship recipients before the ceremony. Many of them will be the first members of their families to attend college.

Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clark scholar Emily Plante is looking forward to making new friends and learning a lot in the year ahead. When she graduates from SPC, she is interested in finding a nursing program or transferring to the University of South Florida.

“I feel great,” she said. “I’m excited to start college and finish my A.A.”

Another scholar, Remy DeBari, said that reading about Dr. Clarke motivated her to apply. While she has not decided on a major, she is interested in art and science. 

Mistress of Ceremonies Daisha Gardner introduced the evenings speakers and spoke about her experiences as a Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke scholar. Scholars and their families were welcomed by Dr. Jamelle Conner, St. Petersburg College’s Vice President of Student Affairs, and Dr. Leslie Hafer, the Provost of St. Petersburg Gibbs Campus. La Crecia Wright, President of the Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke Chapter of the NCBAA, introduced members of the Clarke family who were attendance, and the evening’s keynote speaker, Florida Sen. Darryl E. Rouson of District 19.

Sen. Rouson gave a moving talk about his experiences growing up alongside the Clarke family and Dr. Clarke. Guests also enjoyed music by Jerard Williams and a reception in the gallery at the conclusion of the ceremony.

This scholarship honors the legacy of Dr. Clarke, a St. Petersburg native. She was the first African-American to receive a doctorate from the University of Florida’s College of Education, and the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate at any Florida public university. She taught at Pinellas County public schools, at two Florida colleges, and was the dean of the all-black Gibbs Junior College in the 1950’s. She organized programs to fight sickle cell anemia and other diseases as an assistant director of the Florida Regional Medical Program in 1972. She also wrote a column for the St. Petersburg Evening Independent, where she frequently expressed her hope for St. Petersburg’s minority community. The ceremony welcomes the new class of Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke scholars to college, and recalls her legacy as a tireless fighter for social and economic justice. Learn more about the Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholarship.

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Dr. Angela Cashwell CarneySt. Petersburg College President Dr. Tonjua Williams fondly remembers her time working at the Health Education Center with her friend, the late Dr. Angela Cashwell Carney. The two often lunched together, planning their career moves and solidifying plans to earn their doctorate degrees. On November 29, Williams was one of several to speak in honor of Carney, whose husband, Dr. Conferlete Carney, endowed a scholarship for SPC Health Information Management students in her memory.

“She had such a warm, giving heart,” Williams said. “I’ve seen her do miraculous things for people at this college, including myself. It was such a blessing to the college to have had her here.”

Based on financial need, The Dr. Angela Rose Cashwell Carney Endowed Scholarship for Health Information Management Studies will be awarded each year to two students who are pursuing the Health Information Technology associate degree or the Health Service Administration bachelor’s degree. It covers the students’ tuition for the entirety of their program, as long as they stay eligible. Allied Health Sciences Dean Deanna Stentiford said Carney left a legacy that will live on forever.

“She dedicated her career to her students and SPC, and she really demonstrated the difference people can make,” Stentiford said. “Her legacy was spearheading and transforming the program into what it is today, and she was integral in getting the courses online in order to reach more students. She was a wonderful role model and example of what a professor should be. The endowment of this scholarship will allow her legacy to live on forever.”

Dr. Tonjua Williams, Denise Fonzo and Dr. Conferlete Carney

Dr. Conferlete Carney, a retired SPC educator and administrator, decided upon the endowed scholarship as a way to keep his wife’s name going and hopes it will generate awards to students for years to come.

“I wanted to do something good that was bigger than the human experience of Angela and I,” he said. “There is no better way to do this than with this scholarship.”

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Enjoy the Titan Trot 5K at St. Petersburg College and help support student scholarships at the college.

The Titan Trot 5K is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, and starts at the SPC Clearwater Campus.  The race begins at 8 a.m. on the campus quad and continues down a trail to Cliff Stephens Park. It’s is open to the community as well as SPC students and employees. Please register online.

All levels are welcome. Run or walk. Can’t make it to race day? Sign up as a “virtual” runner and record your race time for yourself another time. Separate scholarship donations also will be accepted.

Prices for participants are:

  • $10 for current SPC students
  • $20 for SPC employees
  • $30 for the public

All proceeds will fund SPC student scholarships.

SPC’s Faculty Governance Organization (FGO) is hosting the event and would like to thank the businesses and individuals who are sponsoring the 5K including:

• Green Bench Brewing Co.
• Orangetheory Fitness
• Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
• Publix
• PureMolecular, LLC
• St. Pete Running Company
• USA Ultra Triathlon
• Sears Cleaning Services and Sears Garage Doors
• SPC Natural Sciences Department
• Dr. Eric Carver
• Dr. Katherine Woods
• Dr. Tonjua Williams

Check out our hashtags on social media to keep up with the action leading up to the race: #SPC5K and #TitanTrot2018. Or check out our Facebook event page for updates.

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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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