SCF’s Jodi Johnson Recipient of LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Award
(Bradenton, Fla., November 2, 2011) — Jodi Johnson, a decorated graduate of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), was honored with the LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award by the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) at the Presidential Gala Dinner at the AFC Fall Convention in Naples on Oct. 27.
She was escorted to the podium to receive her award by SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner. Other special guests attending were her family and other college personnel including SCF Venice Provost Darlene-Wedler Johnson.
The prestigious award is named in honor of LeRoy Collins, former governor of Florida whose leadership was instrumental in establishing the state's community college system. The Rising Star Award recognizes distinguished graduates from a Florida college for substantial previous and future contributions to their college, community, state and nation.
During the Spring 2011 commencement ceremonies, Johnson was named SCF's Outstanding Graduate for her superior leadership, academic achievement and community service. She achieved her dream of a college degree after being a stay-at-home mom, inspired to continue her higher education as a role model for her teenage son.
While at SCF, Johnson developed her leadership skills as president of Phi Theta Kappa, hosting PTK events, organizing scholarship workshops and participating in service projects. She also was a member of the SCF Green Team and cofounder of the Awareness Initiative Program at SCF Venice designed to raise awareness about drug and alcohol dependence. Johnson was one of just 50 college students nationwide to be named a Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar, and her name appeared in the April 11 special edition of USA TODAY. She also was named to the PTK All-Florida Academic Team.
For her accomplishments, Johnson has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including the 2008-2009 Genevieve and Granger Husted Scholarship, 2009 Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice Scholarship, 2010 Edward K. Roberts Fund Scholarship, 2009 Land Education Scholarship, 2010 American Association of University Women Scholarship, 2009 Robert Tongue Scholarship, 2011 Palm Aire Women's Club Scholarship and 2010 Sarasota Foundation Scholarship.
This fall, Johnson is attending prestigious New College of Florida where she is studying anthropology, gender studies and international relations.
SCF graduate Jodi Johnson, center, with her mom, Candee Jeffries, her husband, Paul Rossi, her son, Ethan Johnson, and SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.