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Fifth Annual Keys to Manhood Seminar

Transamerica Manager Bill Hull (center right) poses with Keys to Manhood Summit attendees and presenters

Approximately, 200 local high school and college students, along with parents and mentors, attended the fifth annual Keys to Manhood Summit at SPC’s Allstate Center in February 2017.

Sponsored by Transamerica, the seminar included an impressive range of workshops focused on helping students succeed including, becoming financially fit, going from dropout to knockout, overcoming legal obstacles, and exploring career opportunities.

The highly interactive day included a luncheon sponsored by GTE Financial and a keynote address by NFL player, philanthropist and St. Petersburg native Louis Murphy, Jr. During his speech, Murphy touched on many of the challenges in his own life and encouraged attendees to persevere. “No matter where you are in life, don’t let anyone or anything deter you from your dreams,” he said.

 

 


Rothman Family Promotes Early Literacy

SPC students thank Rothman family members Margie Green and Nancy Wygle for their support.

The Rothman Family Foundation’s commitment to improving student success, particularly among learners with the fewest resources, was the impetus for their partnership with
the SPC Foundation. As part of this partnership, SPC students completing coursework in Early Childhood development were presented sets of books encased in toddler-sized SPC book bags in December 2016. The students, each of whom is currently employed in a licensed childcare center or home care environment, will share and/or distribute the books to pre-school learners.

The Rothman Family also recognized childcare employers who encourage their employees to expand their teaching skills. As students earned a Preschool Specialization Certificate, each childcare provider was presented a set of classroom literacy materials including an expanded assortment of books, manipulatives and interactive teaching tools.

Working together to improve literacy among our community’s youngest learners, as exemplified through the efforts of the Rothman family, will help close the achievement gap, promote early success and build a strong foundation for life-long learning.


Second Annual Distinguished Speaker Event

Nationally acclaimed political and social analyst David Brooks drew two standing ovations from a crowd of almost 800 at the Foundation’s Second Annual Distinguished Speaker event at the Palladium Theater on September 21, 2016.

Kicking off the program were SPC student and Presidential Scholar Alexis Deveaux who served as the evening’s poised and charming MC, and SPC graduate Sane Haidara who impressed the audience with his inspirational story about the importance of SPC Foundation scholarships.

Before Mr. Brooks took the stage, Foundation Board Chair Beth Horner and College President Bill Law shared highlights about the Foundation and the College.

Within moments of taking the stage, Mr. Brooks captivated guests with his humor and
poignant observations. His comments focused on the development of character and
creating a balance between the “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues” described in his
best-selling book The Road to Character. His comments were illuminated with references to some of the world’s greatest thinkers and leaders. Mr. Brooks concluded his presentation with a Q & A session which was followed by a book signing.

Prior to the program, VIP guests and event sponsors attended a private reception with Mr.
Brooks in the Palladium’s Side Door Theater. All proceeds from the evening’s event help
underwrite student scholarships at SPC.


Women on the Way 35th Anniversary 

WOW Resource Center at St. Pete/Gibbs Campus

St. Petersburg College launched its Women on the Way (WOW) program in 1981 as a resource and support center for women who were entering college in larger numbers than ever before in the history of the United States. The goal was to provide women – many of them the first in their families to attend college – with the skills and resources to be successful in an academic setting.

The effort was spearheaded by Dr. Vilma Zalupski, the college’s first female Provost (Clearwater Campus); Bobbie Hinson, Career Center Director; Helen Gilbart Program Director for Humanities, Fine Arts and Communications; and Maria Edmonds, a psychology instructor who later became an Associate Provost. Edmonds was WOW’s first coordinator.

Since the Summer of 2015, WOW has opened two centers at the Seminole and St. Petersburg/ Gibbs campuses. The Tarpon Springs campus will host the program starting in Spring of 2017. Today, more than 300 women college-wide participate in WOW programs.


17th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon

Student speakers (from left to right), Timora Works, Courtney Kent, Marissa Allen and Brenda Vargas pose with Bay News 9’s Veronica Citron (center).

Donors, students and college leadership celebrated the awarding of over $2 million in scholarships to more than 1,900 students during the 2015-16 academic year at the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s 17th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on March 31, 2016.

More than 230 guests attended the event, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and Emceed by Bay News 9’s Veronica Cintron with SPC student Marissa Allen. SPC students Brenda Vargas, Timora Works and Courtney Kent moved the audience as they shared their educational journeys with guests. Kent who is obtaining his A.A. in science and education, said, “For the donors who have in the past year alone, shared over a million and a half acts of kindness with St. Petersburg College students, thank you all.”

Luncheon guests also enjoyed performances by two students from the SPC Music Department: Daniel Baillie and Alex Bonyata.

 

 

 

 


 

* Student Testimonials

Comments off 13/01/17, 12:57 perez-monica

Traditional Scholarships

“The scholarships showed me that people actually care about what I have done to get to where I am today.” -Timora Works

Edited TimoraTraditional scholarships provide support to students like Timora. With constant instability throughout her childhood in Midtown, St. Petersburg, she dropped out of high school and eventually found herself living in a homeless shelter.

“I felt like giving up on everything. I was lost and did not know how to begin to start my life over.” Inspired by her older sister, Timora decided to obtain her GED and enroll at SPC.

“Every day for three weeks, I walked from the shelter where I was living to the Downtown SPC campus, completing everything I needed for enrollment so that I could start my educational career.”

The financial assistance Timora received through SPC Foundation scholarships allowed her to fully focus on her studies. And the scholarships did so much more than pay for tuition they gave Timora a greatly needed boost of confidence.

Timora graduated with an A.A. in Business Administration in May 2016 joining the more than 640 traditional scholarship recipients who graduated during the 2015-16 academic year.


First Generation Scholarships

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

Guy.Theresa - CopyTheresa 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.

After many attempts to improve her circumstances, at age 32, 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.

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 become a therapist. She wants to pay forward both the financial and emotional support she received to help others in similar circumstances.


Presidential Scholarships

“Getting the Presidential Scholarship has meant allowing my dreams to set sail!”- Alexis Deveaux

2016_SPC_Speaker_DavidBrooks_0083Alexis Deveaux is an accomplished senior at SPC whose upbeat energy and positivity brighten the day of everyone she meets. As a Pinellas County high school student, Alexis enrolled in SPC’s Early College Program and after two years graduated high school and earned an Associate in Art degree simultaneously. Although Alexis was courted by the top universities in the country, she chose to continue her education at SPC.

Alexis was awarded a Presidential Scholarship in 2015 and she says the scholarship gave her the opportunity to immerse herself in her education and fully engage in activities on campus. During her time at SPC, Alexis served as President of student government, Head Delegate of the model U.N. team, MC of the Foundation’s Distinguished Speaker Event and studied-abroad in Vietnam and South Korea. Even with all this, Alexis says the people and mentors she met at SPC have had the greatest impact on her life.


Study Abroad Scholarships

“I found that this trip, while allowing me to learn more about a topic I love, also allowed me to better know myself in ways I hadn’t before.”-Michael Gruber

gruberResearch shows that students who participate in foreign study programs have better grades, increased retention, and graduate from college at higher rates than students who do not study abroad. What’s more, the experience helps build the critical thinking, problem solving, time management, and communication skills that have become requirements for success in today’s global marketplace. Thanks to generous donors who understand the value of international travel, a growing number of students receive scholarships of up to $2,000 to help cover the cost of their study abroad trip.

This scholarship helped SPC Biology student Michael Gruber travel to Italy in Spring 2016 to study Humanities. Michael has always been fascinated by the language and culture of foreign nations but never had the ability to travel outside of the United Sates. In the midst of studying and experiencing the artwork, architecture and history of Italy, Michael also learned more about himself. “While self-discovery wasn’t in the program’s description, it was something I most certainty learned on the trip”, he said.

Upon returning home to SPC, Michael has found a new appreciation for his studies and says he knows that his study abroad experience created memories that will last a lifetime.

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Second Annual Distinguished Speaker Event

Nationally acclaimed political and social analyst David Brooks drew two standing ovations from a crowd of almost 800 at the Foundation’s Second Annual Distinguished Speaker event at the Palladium Theater on September 21.

Kicking off the program were SPC student and Presidential Scholar Alexis Deveaux who served as the evening’s poised and charming MC, and SPC graduate Sane Haidara who impressed the audience with his inspirational story about the importance of SPC Foundation scholarships.

Before Mr. Brooks took the stage, Foundation Board Chair Beth Horner and College President Bill Law shared highlights about the Foundation and the College.

Within moments of taking the stage, Mr. Brooks captivated guests with his humor and poignant observations. His comments focused on the development of character and creating a balance between the “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues” described in his best-selling book The Road to Character. His comments were illuminated with references to some of the world’s greatest thinkers and leaders. Mr. Brooks concluded his presentation with a Q & A session which was followed by a book signing.

Prior to the program, VIP guests and event sponsors attended a private reception with Mr. Brooks in the Palladium’s Side Door Theater. All proceeds from the evening’s event help underwrite student scholarships at SPC.

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