Apollo Award

The Apollo Award, given each year since 1966, is presented by the St. Petersburg College Alumni Association to the outstanding associate degree graduate. Winners are chosen for their leadership, scholastic standing, community service, honors and awards.







2017 Apollo Award Recipient: Theodore E. Martin, Jr.

Mr. Martin will receive an A.A. degree in Engineering and currently has a 3.35 G.P.A.

He serves as the Student Government Association Representative for Phi Theta Kappa. and was also an active member of Men Achieving Excellence and the SPC Health and Fitness Club.

While working for SPC’s Student Life and Leadership department, Mr. Martin created an intramural flag football program in which he coached and organized games. He is also an active volunteer with the Pasco Astronomers and works for the Space Programs Department of the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.

SPC Career and Academic Advisor, Laurel Miller said: “Talk with Ted about space and you can’t help but hear the passion in his voice. He’ll talk about the wonder of looking into space and at the same time looking backward through time. He wants to educate others about how society can benefit from space exploration. Talk with Ted about space and you will hear the future.”

Mr. Martin’s goal is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of South Florida and then a master’s degree in aerospace engineering. Ultimately, Mr. Martin wants to be an astronaut.

“I know at 28 I’m off to a late start, but if the dream can still live in me, think of how many people I can inspire along the way. I look forward to every bit of it because I have been a driver, mechanic, technician and now it is time to finally be an engineer.”

Applicants must have:

  • Graduated from SPC in July or December of 2017, or will be graduating in May of 2018
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Been involved in college activities
  • Participated in community service

Completed Application:

An application is complete and eligible for review when you have submitted the following documents.

  • A completed online application (click the “Apply Now” button below to access the application)
  • At least one, but not more than three, typed letters of recommendation
  • An official, sealed copy of your SPC transcript. To order your transcript, please visit: https://go.spcollege.edu/transcript. For faster delivery, request that the transcript be mailed to our address listed below. It can take a week or more to receive the transcript, please order it early.

Mailing Address
SPC Alumni Association
c/o St. Petersburg College Foundation
PO Box 13489
St. Petersburg, FL 33733-3489

To apply for an Apollo Award, please click the “apply now” button below. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be accepted starting January 16, 2018. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 23, 2018.

Apollo Award Recipients

1960 – 1969
1966 – William A. Neron
1967 – Harvey R. Johnson
1968 – Elizabeth Ann McGee
1969 – Rory Anne Stott
1970 – 1979
1970 – Linda W. Lyons
1971 – Connie Baxter
1972 – Michael McGarry
1973 – Jeff Starr
1974 – Walter Moon III
1975 – Barbara Lasater
1976 – Christine Tsotsos
1977 – Jerald Carlson
1978 – Pamela Ann Moser
1979 – Carol Lynn Smith
1980 – 1989
1980 – Stephen Charles Luben
1981 – Patricia M. Carroll
1982 – Diane Sue Fleming
1983 – Darlene Louise Barr
1984 – Tonya Scott Amankwatia
1985 – David Michael McKalip
1986 – Stephen Robert Cooley
1987 – Carl Henry Heidenreich
1988 – Hazel Ann Creveling
1989 – Penethia “Psalms” Mack
1990 – 1999
1990 – Gregory H. Elam
1991 – Alfredo E. Barquin
1992 – Anne Marie Ertsgaard
1993 – Michelle Ruth Piccione
1994 – Joseph Hale
1995 – Jon Derek Lawler
1996 – Linda Diane Chase
1997 – Margaret Mary Revette
1998 – Robert Antonio Wright Sr.
1999 – Novelle Burney
2000 – 2009
2000 – Matthew Jay Stinson
2001 – Lee Palmer
2002 – Anthony Michael Priestas
2003 – Xudan Chen
2004 – Rode Louisa
2005 – Jean Barritt Welch
2006 – Aeisha Y. Perez
2007 – Kaitlin Dawn Reif
2008 – Adam Goch
2009 – Melinda Thackrah
2010 – 2019
2010 – Samantha Mitchell
2011 – Nhi Do
2012 – Alistair Glover
2013 – Brandon Fong
2014 – Oldrin Bataku
2015 – Amy Bhatt
2016 – Courtney Kent
2017 – Theodore Martin, Jr.