Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for the computing and information disciplines, awarded two scholarships for academic excellence in the field of computing totaling $1,500 to students in the School of Computing at the University of North Florida. [Read more…] about UNF Students Awarded International Computing Honor Society Scholarships
As high school seniors across Florida graduate this month and look ahead to college, costs are top-of-mind. But there’s good news from Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Inc., which has awarded scholarships to 132 well-deserving young people living in communities throughout the state. [Read more…] about Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Awards $198,400 in Scholarships
Florida’s 28 colleges will receive over $1 million in scholarships
On behalf of the Florida College System Foundation, today Education Commissioner Pam Stewart presented Florida State College at Jacksonville President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau with a check for $50,772 to benefit first-generation students and students pursuing careers in health care.
“The demand for talented health care professionals continues to grow throughout our state and nation, and we take every opportunity to help first-generation students succeed,” Commissioner Stewart said. “These scholarships are essential to helping students achieve their career goals and to meeting workforce needs. I applaud the Florida College System Foundation for prioritizing first-generation students and students pursuing careers in health care, and I am honored to take part in this check presentation.”
Each year, scholarships funded by the Helios Education Foundation, Florida Blue and Bank of America focus on relieving the national nursing shortage and helping students who are the first in their family to attend college. The scholarships will help add nurses and allied health professionals that reflect Florida’s diverse population while meeting critical workforce needs.
“More than 60% of students enrolled in the Florida College System are part-time students balancing life and work while pursuing their degree”, says Madeline Pumariega, Chancellor for the Florida College System. “These scholarships provided by the Florida College System Foundation, with business partners like Helios Education Foundation, Florida Blue and Bank of America, are essential for many of our students, especially first generation students. Florida’s colleges produce more than 4,500 registered nurses each year, and this is just another great opportunity for students to pursue their dreams, earn a great career while meeting a critical nursing workforce need in the state of Florida.”
“Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation believe that nursing plays a vital role in the safety and quality of patient care,” said Velma Monteiro-Tribble, Director Florida Blue Foundation and Florida State College at Jacksonville Foundation Board Member. “We have been committed since 2003 and remain steadfast in our support of nursing education and the nursing profession. We are pleased to partner with the Florida College System Foundation to continue these nursing scholarships, to ensure that there is a qualified and diverse nursing workforce in the state of Florida.”
“An investment in Florida’s students is an investment in the state’s future workforce,” said Paul Luna, President & CEO, Helios Education Foundation. “Helios Education Foundation is proud to partner with the Florida College System Foundation to ensure more students, particularly first-generation students, experience the transformational power of education and are positioned for success in career and in life.”
“The funds we received today from the Florida College System Foundation will make a significant impact in helping our health care students fund their education as they devote their futures to taking care of others,” said FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. “Providing affordable and accessible educational opportunities is one of the most important things we, as a College, can do as an essential pipeline for developing skilled health care workers. We take this responsibility very seriously and are fortunate to receive these funds to help contribute to the long-term success of our students.”
This year, the Florida College System Foundation will award more than $1 million in scholarship funds to Florida’s 28 colleges through the state. Students may apply for scholarships through their local college foundation and/or financial aid office. Eligibility criteria are based on local college requirements.
For more information about the scholarships, visit Florida College System Foundation.
For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit www.fldoe.org.
Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for the computing and information disciplines, awarded scholarships for academic excellence in the field of computing totaling $2,500 to two students in the School of Computing at the University of North Florida.
Graduate student Nancy Carrier, who is working on her master’s degree in computer science, was awarded the UPE Academic Achievement Award for $1,500. Undergraduate student Ian Manuel, a senior dual majoring in computer science and physics, was awarded the UPE Scholarship Award for $1,000.
“Receiving such international awards is indicative of the rigorous nature of the programs in the University of North Florida’s School of Computing and shows that we are preparing students for successful careers,” said Dr. Sanjay Ahuja, UNF computing professor and UPE advisor.
Carrier, an East Arlington resident, is a non-traditional student and has re-entered the graduate program at UNF with dedication to her master’s degree in Computer Science, holding a 3.91 GPA. As an undergrad, she was part of the Computer Programming Team and Association of Computing Machinery Club and currently serves as president of the UNF chapter of the UPE. Carrier is a senior data scientist at Bank of America and has worked in the technology industry for over 20 years. She also serves as an active volunteer in the community working with local schools as a tutor and role model as well as helping youth through Boy and Girl Scouts of America.
Manuel, a Southside resident, currently holds a 3.98 GPA within his dual majors. He was the Department of Physics Summer Research Grant recipient in 2016. With the grant, he researched the magnetic and optical properties of graphene. He previously assisted in developing software as a programmer for a UNF robotics group and took part in the 2013 and 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition.
UNF’s School of Computing is dedicated to the promotion of an academically exciting and progressive intellectual climate, characterized by a superior program of instruction, peer-recognized scholarship, effective support services and productive professional community involvement.
Speakers from Step Up For Students, Tower Hill Insurance Group, and UnitedHealthcare will host a media conference call this Tuesday, August 29, at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the insurance industry’s record-setting contributions to the Tax-Credit Scholarship that are supporting students across the state. Following a discussion of each speaker’s involvement with Step Up For Students, the speakers will respond to questions from members of the media.
What: Media Conference Call
Who: Step Up For Students – President Doug Tuthill
Florida Insurance Industry Scholarship Program – Chairman Peter Corrigan
Tower Hill Insurance – President Don Matz
UnitedHealthcare – CEO Nicholas Zaffiris
Step Up For Students – Graduate Maricela Flores
When: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
9:30 am (ET)
Where: Conference Line Number: (888) 392-4560
Access Code: 4590009
The Florida Independent College Fund (FICF) has distributed $82,500 in scholarships to assist thirty students at private colleges and universities in Florida. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment.
“All Floridians deserve access to affordable, high-quality higher education regardless of their background,” said Dr. Ed Moore, president of the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida (ICUF). “ICUF’s 30 colleges and universities are proud to partner with CIC and the UPS Foundation to make access easier for students throughout Florida.”
Nationally, CIC and the UPS Foundation provided more than $1.5 million in student scholarships through state-based associations to make private higher education institutions more affordable and accessible to underserved students.
“Independent colleges and universities in this country are remarkably effective at educating and graduating low-income and first-generation students in less time, with less student debt,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “Helping these students afford a private college education is a truly critical need in our society, and it is rewarding to be a partner with the UPS Foundation and Independent Colleges and Universities as we help to support deserving students.”
The CIC/UPS Scholarship Program has positively impacted individuals, families and communities across the country by making private college education possible for more than 20,000 low-income and first-generation students.
“The UPS Foundation is honored to work with CIC to provide scholarships for students at independent colleges and universities,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”
The Florida Independent College Fund (FICF) is a not-for-profit organization working closely with the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) to expand access to higher education for all students. These organizations represent 30 private, non-profit educational institutions based in Florida and accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Serving nearly 155,000 students at 135 sites throughout the state, FICF/ICUF institutions offer programs at main campuses, branch campuses in communities, and state colleges, as well as nearly 600 fully online degree and graduate certificate programs. For more information, please visit www.icuf.org.
Hearing “the check is in the mail,” is welcome news to 104 well-deserving young people who live in communities across Florida. Why? These students — high school graduates about to enter their first year of college and others already enrolled in a college or university — have received scholarships through the Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Inc.
A not-for-profit corporation established by the state Realtor association, the Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Inc. provides real estate-related educational scholarships. The Foundation’s Board of Directors awarded $166,000 in scholarships to help pay for higher education expenses for 104 young people in the 2017-2018 school year. All recipients are Florida residents and will be attending community colleges, four-year universities, graduate programs or law schools both in state and out-of-state. Some students wish to pursue careers in real estate.
“Over the past eight years, the Florida Realtors Education Foundation Student Scholarship Program has helped 790 young people realize their dreams for the future by continuing their education,” said Vince Price, chairman of Florida Realtors Education Foundation Inc. “We’re proud to provide much-needed financial support to families often struggling to pay for their children’s college dreams. These student scholarships are one way that Realtors across the state give back to the community. It’s our investment in the future.”
Since the program’s inception, Florida Realtors has awarded a total of $1,306,300 in scholarship funding, which helped 790 students go to college or university, Price said.
Scholarship recipients are enrolled at institutions of higher learning throughout the state, such as University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of Tampa, Florida International University, Florida Southern College, Flagler College and the University of South Florida, as well as other colleges throughout the U.S., including Brown University, Clemson University, Howard University and Stanford University, to name just a few. A variety of criteria was considered for successful applicants including: academic achievements, financial need, relationship to the Realtor family and contributions to family, school and community.
Florida Realtors ® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 165,000 members in 55 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.