First Generation Scholarships

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Approximately one in six students enrolled at St. Petersburg College will be the first in their family to earn a college credential.

Thanks to our donors, over 915 First Generation Scholarships were awarded in the 2015-16 academic year. All donations to the SPC First Generation Scholarship Initiative are matched one to one by the State of Florida.

“I am holding a 4.0 GPA and have been inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society!”


Theresa Guy is the fourth of five children in an honest, hard-working family. Her mother has a high school diploma, her father and siblings do not. She struggled in high school – with academics and to find purpose. While she dreamt of attending college, her grades, limited financial resources, and lukewarm family support were telling her otherwise.

At age 32, after many attempts to improve her circumstances, Theresa met with a social worker who would help turn her life around. This new found support gave her the confidence to enroll at St. Petersburg College where she received a First Generation Scholarship. 

Theresa credits SPC for helping her find balance as a student and single mother. She plans to graduate from SPC next year and attend USF to work on her long-term goal to becoming a therapist. She wants to pay forward both the financial and emotional support she received to help others in similar circumstances.



“I am able to dream big because of the education I have received at SPC and the generosity of the Foundation’s donors. Rather than becoming a statistic, my education allows me to be the exception.”


Janett Silva is a role model in her community. While juggling classes at St. Petersburg College and working part-time, she finds time to tutor students and has also launched two online tutoring sites to lead young learners through lessons in calculus, trigonometry, and chemistry.

Janett learned the value of hard work and education early. She is the first in her family to earn an Baccalaureate degree in Technology Development and Management, with a focus on Information Security Assurance. Her dream is to become a network engineer and she relies heavily on scholarships to help achieve that dream.