TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 21, 2013) – The Tallahassee Community College Foundation will host its annual Scholarship Donors Luncheon on Tuesday, October 29, at 11:30 a.m. in the Workforce Development Ballroom.
This year’s event focuses on the New Start Scholarship and will celebrate the graduation of Kierra Howell, the first New Start scholarship recipient to graduate from TCC. Guest speakers include Howell and Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters. “I am truly honored to recognize TCC’s first New Start Scholarship recipient to graduate, Kierra Howell, on overcoming challenges and earning her degree. She serves an outstanding example of the endless potential within our youth and I hope to have the opportunity to recognize many more New Start Scholarship recipient graduates” said Walters.
The New Start Scholarship was launched in mid-2008. The goal is to provide assistance to the 22 percent of young offenders that studies indicate will likely reoffend two or three times after an initial crime. Given encouragement and the right level of support, these young people are able to turn their lives around. Programs like the New Start Scholarship offer that support. “Education is a tremendous protection against falling deeper into the criminal justice system and I applaud Tallahassee Community College for offering the New Start Scholarship, which specifically serves DJJ youth” commented Walters.
When the New Start Scholarship was created, the goal was to raise $36,000, enough to offer meaningful support to one student each year. To date, $185,786 dollars have been committed to the scholarship from 192 donors. Because of that high level of donor support, the scholarship has been endowed and the award will continue in perpetuity.
Three students are currently enrolled at TCC on the New Start Scholarship. One of them is Kierra Howell, who is pursuing additional studies in dental hygiene after having earned her associate in arts degree from TCC in August, 2013.