SCF Holds College Reach-Out Program Awards Ceremony

(Bradenton, Fla., April 29, 2010) — Graduating seniors from area high schools and other students in State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) College Reach-Out Program (CROP) were honored April 26 at the 12th Annual CROP Awards Ceremony held at SCF Bradenton.

Dr. Mike Mears, SCF Bradenton provost and vice president of baccalaureate programs, gave welcoming remarks and students were presented with certificates, scholarships and special achievement awards. Other participants in the ceremony included Kristen L. Anderson, CROP's program director, Sheila McCants, SCF adviser, and CROP site coordinators from participating schools.

Tomas Carrillo, SCF alumni and CROP multicultural specialist and Crystal Wilson, CROP alumna and SCF student, presented a video about what the program meant to participating students.

CROP, a statewide program funded through a grant from the Florida Department of Education, is designed to increase the number of students who successfully complete postsecondary education.

SCF’s school-based CROP program assists targeted students by providing motivational and educational activities to keep them on a college-bound track.

Students honored as "CROP Student of the Year" for their school included Elias Vitale (Booker Middle School); Aaron Edwards (Lincoln Middle School); Naptha Andre (Bayshore High School); Yakayra Mendez (Booker High School); Belinda Mendez (Central High School); Wideline Obei (Manatee High School); O’Jarreus Levatte (Palmetto High School); Shaniqua Samuels (Riverview High School); and Marklhey Francois (Southeast High School).

Ninety-five percent (60 of 63) of this year’s CROP seniors plan to continue their education after graduating from high school.

Fifty-one percent of this year's CROP seniors (32 of 63) will start college in June through the 2010 Summer Bridge Program at SCF. Students earned program scholarships of approximately $800. CROP graduates who attend SCF also are eligible to receive tuition and book scholarships.


Click here for the CROP program.

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