SCF Holds College Reach-Out Program Awards Ceremony

(Bradenton, Fla., May 24, 2011) — Graduating seniors from area high schools and other students in State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) College Reach-Out Program (CROP) were honored May 2 at the 13th Annual CROP Awards Ceremony held at SCF Bradenton.

Dr. Jack Crocker, SCF vice president of academic quality and success, gave welcoming remarks and students were presented with certificates, scholarships and special achievement awards. Other participants in the ceremony included Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of educational and student services, and Kristen L. Anderson, CROP program director.

Tomas Carrillo, SCF alumnus and CROP multicultural specialist and Kelli Douglas, CROP site coordinator, presented a video about what the program meant to participating students. Yvette Benton, CROP activities coordinator, and SCF CROP alumni speakers Ludger Denis and Hazel Young also participated in the ceremony.

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 Tanesha Williams, Booker Middle School; Leonel Barboza, Lincoln Middle School; Bethzabet Alvarez, Bayshore High School; Wendy Thomas, Booker High School; Tevin Major, Central High School; Michelle Aguilar, Manatee High School; Lougens Charles, Palmetto High School; De’Leon Jelks, Riverview High School; Tylon Williams, Sarasota High School; and Hermendy Francois, Southeast High School.

Ninety-eight percent (50 of 51) of this year’s CROP seniors plan to continue their education after graduating from high school.

Thirty-seven percent of this year's CROP seniors (19) will start at SCF in June through the 2011 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.

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