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JANUARY 2018

SJR State student receives Disaster Relief Scholarship

Courtney Green

St. Johns River State College student Courtney Green was selected to receive a $500 Disaster Relief Scholarship from the Phi Theta Kappa organization as a result of the impact Hurricane Irma had on Green when it hit Northeast Florida last September. In a letter to Anna Lebesch, executive director of the College’s Orange Park campus, Monica Marlowe, executive director of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Foundation, explained, “This scholarship is designed to assist active Phi Theta Kappa members impacted by disasters with expenses that could hinder certificate or associate degree attainment.”

According to Green, who plans to graduate from the College in May, “Hurricane Irma caused quite a bit of property damage in my area. I live down a dirt road, so, unfortunately, my driveway became so washed out from the rain and flooding that it was not possible for my family to drive our cars out. Our driveway had, more or less, separated from the main dirt road. A family friend had to come and rescue us. After the hurricane passed, the road was fixed outside our mailbox and gate, but the damage within our property was our financial responsibility. We also had to throw out food from our freezer due to the power being out for several days.”

“When I received an e-mail informing me that I was awarded the Disaster Relief Scholarship, I was completely surprised and very grateful,” Green continued. “I am very grateful to Phi Theta Kappa and the donors that make scholarships like this possible. I plan to use the money towards tuition, text books and anything else I might need for school.”

PTK recognizes and encourages scholarships by providing two-year college students with opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship activities. Inductees are required to have completed 12 credit hours at a two-year institution and maintain a 3.5 grade point average.




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St. Johns River State College student Courtney Green received Phi Theta Kappa’s Disaster Relief Scholarship, a $500 award that can be used to assist active PTK members impacted by disasters with educational and non-educational expenses.

 

 

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