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USFSM to offer scholarships to SCF Collegiate School grads

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: May 06, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 6, 2016) – State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) graduates learned Friday during their graduation ceremonies that they have another opportunity to receive a tuition-free education as State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and the University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee deepen their partnership.

SCF already allows students to earn their Associate in Arts degree while attending high school through the Collegiate School program. During graduation ceremonies, SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld announced that USF Sarasota-Manatee is pledging to offer scholarships to these same students so they can complete their bachelor degrees at USFSM.

Through this scholarship, SCF and USF Sarasota-Manatee are working together to ensure SCF Collegiate School students enjoy a bright future with minimal student debt.

“We are excited to have the ability to offer this opportunity to the terrific students in SCF’s Collegiate School,” said Dr. Sandra Stone, regional chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee. “These dedicated and hard-working students are exactly who we are looking for at USF Sarasota-Manatee. This scholarship and our growing partnership with SCF allow local students to stay in our region to complete their degrees and enter the local workforce with minimal debt.”

“Creating opportunities that broaden our students’ educational horizons is central to our mission,” said SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld. “We are also excited that our students will have another financially advantageous choice when continuing their education.”

This new scholarship model will take effect in the fall.

Because college registrations for the semester are ongoing it is difficult to determine at this time how many Collegiate School students will opt for the scholarship program. However, at SCF’s commencement Friday, 98 Collegiate School students were conferred A.A. degrees.

Under the scholarship program, USFSM will pick up tuition costs and fees not covered by other scholarships or other sources of financial aid. Additionally, the campus will provide a one-time $600 book allowance to scholarship recipients.

SCF and USF Sarasota-Manatee have partnered for decades through a program called “2+2” in which SCF graduates finish their education at USFSM. Under this new scholarship program, the two campuses are deepening that historic partnership.

The tuition award will cover students’ unmet tuition charges for 60 credit hours of education beyond their Associate of Arts degree or up to three years, whichever comes first.

The program is for undergraduate course work only and students must maintain continuous fulltime academic status – registering for at least 12 credit hours in each of the fall and spring semesters – in order to qualify for the scholarship.

Eligibility is available only for students who enroll the first fall or spring semester after graduation from SCF’s Collegiate School with an A.A. degree.

For additional criteria, prospective students may contact USF Sarasota-Manatee’s admissions office at (941) 359-4330 or admissions@sar.usf.edu.

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