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Fuse Scholarship Students More Likely to Stay on Path to Graduate

Above: Fuse scholarship recipient Lia Messina speaks at a Jan. 2019 event announcing the Fuse Scholarship Fund had reached $3 million. Promising early results for Fuse scholarship recipients show impact of financial aid on student success As a seamless transfer program between the University of South Florida and eight Florida state colleges, including Hillsborough Community…

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SPC joins community leaders to examine transportation barriers for students

Approximately 69 percent of St. Petersburg College’s (SPC) diverse student population of more than 47,000 students, ranging from 16 to 95 years old, have low to moderate income. Low- income students often face barriers to success, including transportation. The Kresge Foundation awarded SPC a $50,000 planning grant for Advancing Student Transportation Solutions to understand student…

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New program puts students on the “PATHe” to higher education

A partnership between St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is helping Pinellas County residents learn more about their educational options after high school. The new initiative, called the Pinellas Access to Higher Education Program (PATHe), was formed in 2018 with support from the Florida Legislature to expand educational access and assist…

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SPC’s free college credit program helps students earn degrees faster

Cost is one of the biggest barriers facing students who want to attend college. While research has shown that college is a good investment in the long term, earning a degree has become increasingly unaffordable for many lower-income students. Financial aid available through the federal government or state and local institutions is an important resource…

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Fuse scholarships make a difference for students

Donors, students, alumni, community partners and college leadership celebrated the awarding of over $1.8 million in scholarships during the 2018-19 academic year at the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s 20th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on March 27. Ronelia Bailey, an SPC student and Fuse scholarship recipient, was a featured speaker at the luncheon. The Fuse degree…

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LEAP in the News: SPC president shares plan for workforce development, education

Image credit: St. Pete Catalyst Dr. Tonjua Williams, president of St. Petersburg College and member of LEAP Tampa Bay’s vision council, recently shared her thoughts on improving workforce readiness in Tampa Bay. During the March Vinoy Business Alliance luncheon, Williams presented her plan to create an “integrated educational ecosystem” in Pinellas county, focused on connecting…

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February is Career and Technical Education Month

For many students, attending a four-year college is the natural next step following high school. But countless career opportunities exist outside of the traditional university pathway. Depending on the type of career a person is interested in pursuing, career and technical education (CTE) programs, like those offered through a state college or career/technical institution, may…

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Fuse scholarship fund hits $3 million mark

A major milestone has been reached in helping local students attain a bachelor’s degree. Almost a year ahead of schedule, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and LEAP Tampa Bay’s partners have successfully met a challenge from the Helios Education Foundation to raise $500,000 for the Fuse Scholarship Fund. With the challenge met, Helios is…

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FAFSA Completion Scholarships Available to Pinellas, Hillsborough Students

Three Tampa Bay area colleges – the University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College – are offering multiple “FAFSA completion scholarships” for Hillsborough and Pinellas high school students who have submitted their 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The scholarships will be awarded through drawings held in April. To be…

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