SJR State receives over $23,000 in scholarships

SJR State Foundation

The St. Johns River State College Foundation was recently presented with $23,000 in scholarship funds. The funds were awarded by the Florida College System Foundation with the goal of preparing local students for careers in education and health care, ultimately answering Florida’s workforce needs. FCS board member Tim Morris personally delivered the check to SJR State President Joe Pickens during a visit to the College.

The funds will be divided among three scholarships:

The Florida Blue Scholarship was established by Blue Cross and Blue Shield and supports students in the areas of nursing and allied health. The dollars are matched by SJR State’s local partner, Putnam Community Medical Center, a valuable contributor since 2006.

The Dream Maker Scholarship, established by Bank of America, will be awarded to first-generation students (those who are considered the first in their families to go to college) to cover tuition, books, fees and child care.

The Helios Education Foundation Scholarship funds will be awarded to first-generation students who are preparing to become teachers in Florida.

Last year, 44 students were assisted through the three programs. SJR State students can apply for the scholarships online beginning in October.

The scholarships are awarded annually by the Florida College System Foundation to all of the 28 system colleges. The purpose of The Florida College System Foundation is to support the comprehensive mission of the Florida College System and its students.

Florida College System board member Tim Morris (left) presents a check to St. Johns River State College President Joe Pickens (right) and SJR State Vice President for Development and External Affairs Caroline Tingle. The $23,000-plus will fund three scholarships designed for education, health care and first-generation students.



Susan Kessler
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