Two SCF Students Receive Gold and Bronze Coca-Cola Scholarships
Four Named to the All-Florida Academic Team
(Bradenton, Fla., March 20, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) students Evans Rimel and Olga Klippert Blue have been named 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold and Bronze Scholars by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
Rimel, a Lakewood Ranch resident, will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a special medallion for being one of 50 students nationwide to be recognized as a Gold Scholar. Blue, an Englewood resident and German native, will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion for being one of 50 students nationwide to be recognized as a Bronze Scholar.
“Our SCF students are extremely deserving of recognition for their hard work, leadership and stellar academic performance. Their success in winning these awards is a testament to their own commitment to excellence and to the quality education and support provided by SCF professors and advisers,” said SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld.
Only two students from each college can be nominated for the award, and recipients are selected by a panel of judges who consider academic rigor, grade-point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service projects.
In addition, Rimel, Klippert Blue, Corey Culbertson and Jourdan McKinnis were named to the 2014 All-Florida Academic Team, which recognizes outstanding students for their academic achievement, leadership and service to their community. This year’s All-Florida Academic Team is composed of 109 students who were nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. Awardees will be recognized with special medallions at an awards ceremony Friday, April 25, in Orlando.
Rimel is the vice president of scholarship for the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK International Honor Society at SCF Bradenton and president of the SCF Bradenton Student Government Association. As a member of SCF’s Model United Nations Club, Rimel was the first SCF student to earn a perfect score on his position paper at the 2013 Atlanta Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference and is a two-time winner of the Outstanding Delegate Award for his work on the Security Council. He also was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Student in Political Science Award, the flag bearer at the SCF Presidential Inauguration and the student speaker at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Academic Building. Rimel serves on SCF’s Student Activities Budget Review and Quality Enhancement Plan committees, and is active in the community as an Eagle Scout and member of the Manatee Young Professionals. After graduating with an Associate in Arts degree in May 2014, he plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Florida and later earn a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.
Klippert Blue achieved her dream of becoming fluent in English with the help of SCF advisers and professors. She came to SCF in 2011 with the determination to succeed despite discouraging words from a professor in Germany who told her she would never learn English. After high school, Klippert Blue graduated from a hotel management school in Germany, applied for and accepted a position as a manager of a German restaurant in Florida, and booked a one-way ticket to pursue her dream of studying English abroad.
Since coming to SCF, she has developed leadership skills as president of the Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of the PTK International Honor Society at SCF Venice, vice president of the SCF Venice Student Government Association and president of the SCF Inter-Club Council. She was a student leader at the SCF Presidential Inauguration and co-led a registration workshop at SCF’s Faculty Professional Development Day. She helped organize PTK leadership conferences, a toy drive, animal shelter food drives and beach clean-ups, and volunteered for the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, and the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. Klippert Blue also serves on the SCF Student Activities Budget Review committee and works as a peer advising assistant at SCF Venice. She will achieve her dream of earning an American college degree when she graduates from SCF with an Associate in Arts degree in May 2014. Klippert Blue plans to continue in SCF’s Dental Hygiene Program at SCF Bradenton, earn a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and attend Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine with the goal of becoming a dentist.
Culbertson, a North Port resident, served as the president of the Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of
the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at SCF Venice and developed leadership
skills by participating in beach clean-ups, Habitat for Humanity, and the American
Heart Association’s Heart Walk. He also represented the Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of
the Phi Theta Kappa and performed poetry at the Student Showcase of Excellence before
the SCF Presidential Inauguration. As vice president of the Swamp Scribes creative
writing club, he was instrumental in arranging a reading and discussion by author
Isaac Marion at SCF Venice. Culbertson will present his paper, “Constructing the
Zombie as Posthuman in Marion’s ‘Warm Bodies:’ Youth Culture’s Need for a Liminal
Hero” at the 35th annual International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts March 19-23 in Orlando.
Culbertson is a two-time winner of the poetry slam, and his work has been published
in Elektraphrog, SCF’s online literary and arts magazine. He also is the recipient
of the Spring 2013 Outstanding Student in Religious Studies and the Selby Scholarship
through the SCF Foundation Inc. He also is a peer assistant at SCF Venice. After graduating
with an Associate in Arts degree from SCF in Summer 2014, he plans to pursue a bachelor’s
degree in English literature with a minor in creative writing at the University of
Central Florida. His goal is to earn an advanced degree and become an English professor.
McKinnis, a Palmetto resident, is an SCF Collegiate School (SCFCS) student. She was the recording secretary for the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK International Honor Society at SCF Bradenton and president of the SCF Circle K Club. She also served as the mathematics tutor at the academic resource center, participated in Relay for Life and volunteered as a tennis coach for elementary students at clinics at Terra Ceia Bay Country Club and Tidewater Preserve. After graduating with both an SCFCS high school diploma and an Associate in Arts degree from SCF in May 2014, she plans to attend the University of Central Florida and later earn a medical degree with the goal of becoming a surgeon.
Kristen Zaborski, instructor, business and technology, and Michael Rogers, associate professor, social and behavioral sciences, are co-advisors of the Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of the PTK International Honor Society at SCF Venice. Janet Samuels, assistant professor, mathematics, is the advisor for the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK International Honor Society at SCF Bradenton.
Olga Klippert Blue