Helen Gilbart helped set the standard for exemplary service and dedication at SPC.
After earning an A.A. degree from St. Petersburg Junior College in1964 and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education with specializations in English, Speech and Journalism from the University of Florida, Helen returned to the College as a faculty member at the Clearwater Campus. Gilbart says, “It was fun to see the college change and grow.” She retired as the Program Director for Humanities, Fine Arts and Communications in 1997.
Helen and her late husband established the Donald and Helen Gilbart Scholarship Fund in 1997. This gift made the Gilbarts one of the earliest members of the Foundation’s Legacy Society, ensuring that their scholarship will continue to benefit students long into the future. Their scholarship has already provided much-needed financial support and encouragement to more than 150 students in the fields of education, social service, mental and physical health.
A women of great energy and vision, Helen was a founding member of the Women on the Way program and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. Her spirit of adventure has also led Helen to many destinations around the globe. Recognizing the far-reaching educational value of international travel, Helen has been sponsoring Study Abroad Scholarships at SPC since 2013.