Forrest Field (Alum)

Forrest FieldPreparing for graduation in May 2011, Forrest Field, a senior at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee working toward a degree in the College of Business isn’t taking it easy during his final year of undergraduate coursework.  “I enjoy community service,” he said.  “I’ve been given a great opportunity and I want to give back.”

As Vice President of Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa, Forrest has developed leadership skills and participated in community service projects like roadside cleanups and reading to kids at the Tallevast Community Center.  Alongside his two Brunch on the Bay scholarships, Forrest was also the recipient of several other scholarships, including a scholarship from the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key, a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship and also a Bridge to my Future scholarship.   “It’s a continuous circle,” Forrest said.  “I am able to attend college and earn a Bachelor’s degree because I am the recipient of scholarships.  The least I can do is give back to the community who is supporting me and making it possible for me to have a quality education.”

When asked why he chose to earn a degree through USF Sarasota-Manatee, Forrest was quick to answer.  “I was homeschooled and always wanted to go to USF,” he said.  “After some research, I realized I wanted a smaller campus and to stay a little closer to home.  I really like the small university atmosphere and it’s a real benefit that my professors know my name and what my interests are.  You don’t find that everywhere.”  And after commencement?  “I want to work in Sarasota for a little while, hopefully at a career in finance or insurance, then I’ll come back to USF Sarasota-Manatee for my MBA when I have some experience.”