Students and Donors Celebrate at Annual Luncheon
Donors, students and college leadership celebrated the awarding of over $1.5 million in scholarships to more than 1,900 students during the 2014-15 academic year at the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s 17th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on March 31st.
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.”
Pictured: Student speakers (from left to right), Timora Works, Courtney Kent, Marissa Allen and Brenda Vargas pose with Bay News 9’s Veronica Citron (center).
SPC Honors Dr. Vilma Zalupski
St. Petersburg College recognized Dr. Vilma Zalupski for her devoted service and tireless dedication to the Women on the Way (WOW) program at a ribbon cutting of the newly renovated WOW Center on Clearwater Campus, named in honor of Dr. Zalupski.
The program offers a lifeline to a better future for many SPC students through scholarship support and programs supporting student engagement, retention and personal growth.
“Working within WOW, and my career in general, I always made it a point to know everyone: how many kids they have, what they are going to school for, their hardships,” Zalupski said. “That general interest kept me connected to what was important.”
“SPC promotes out-of-class support, interaction and help, as well as a genuine college experience to give students a push towards success,” SPC President Bill Law said. “WOW is the best example of that model.” SPC plans to establish a WOW center on every campus in the coming years.
Pictured: Dr. Vilma Zalupski takes part in the dedication of the Clearwater Campus Women on the Way center, which was renamed in her honor
SPC Graduates Its 150,000th Student
St. Petersburg College marked an impressive milestone at its 129th commencement on December 12 when it graduated its 150,000th student during two fall commencement ceremonies at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks.
“Our first graduating class, in 1929, had a total of 48 graduates,” said St. Petersburg College President William D. Law Jr., in his address. “Today, we celebrate the momentous occasion of our 150,000th graduate. This is a milestone that will not soon be forgotten.”