Courtesy photo Nursing education students Catherine Carlton, Taya Cook, Darian Jones, Jennifer R Edmondson, Sebastian Erkisen, Michelle Frame, Blair Klobuchar, Silvia Livingston, Kristen Mink, Kareliz Paez, Rachel Testa, and Norissa Wollard received Florida Blue scholarships.
published: Sunday, December 09, 2012
SFSC health students receive scholarships from Florida Blue
Special to the News-Sun
AVON PARK -- A select group of students in South Florida State College's Allied Health program were recently awarded scholarships from Florida Blue.
The recipients are currently enrolled in SFSCís Nursing, Dental Education, Radiography, and Emergency Medical Services programs.
The students awarded the scholarships were Dental students Isabel Cardenas, Nikol Contreras, Jennifer Dennison, and Sylvia Dilday; EMS students Tamara Butler, Melissa Coleman, Kenneth Delbert, Joshua Exendine, Brooke Grassman, Chelsey McLeod, Chad Reeves, GraceMarie Snellen, and Kyle Yancey; Nursing students Catherine Carlton, Taya Cook, Darian Jones, Jennifer R. Edmondson, Sebastian Erkisen, Michelle Frame, Blair Klobuchar, Silvia Livingston, Kristen Mink, Kareliz Paez, Rachel Testa, and Norissa Wollard; and Radiography students Adrian Gonzalez, Veronica Marin, Esmarelda Martinez, and Kelly Panchenko.
The scholarship comes from a donation by Florida Blue to the Florida College System Foundation, a leading advocate for postsecondary educational opportunity, access, and student success.
The foundation recruits gifts and donations from national and statewide groups and disburses it among the 28 Florida community and state colleges.
"The Florida College System Foundation feels scholarships such as this are important to help meet the needs of Florida's students," said Winkie Williams, Florida College System Foundation board member.
"State funds are not always adequate to cover the total cost of a college degree, especially in health and sciences.
"Through this scholarship, Florida Blue reinvests in the community by making it possible for first-year nursing and Allied Health students to earn their degree."
Florida Blue made the donation to create an endowed scholarship fund for students in nursing and other allied health programs at all 28 of Florida's community and state colleges to meet the growing need for skilled nurses and allied health professionals and to attract students into the nursing field from populations that are underrepresented.
SFSC has received the scholarship each year since 2006.
"Allied Health program managers are grateful to Florida Blue for their continued support of Allied Health students at SFSC," said Rebecca Sroda, associate dean of SFSC Allied Health/Dental Education.
"This scholarship is different from others in that it is awarded on top of any financial aid students receive.
"It provides our students with extra assistance and can be used in any way that it is needed to help enhance their learning."
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