SCF May 2014 Graduate Receives Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
(Bradenton, Fla., May 1, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Venice resident Zachariah Pramschufer has been named the recipient of the 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.
Pramschufer, a 2014 May graduate, was one of 85 finalists selected from 3,705 applicants representing 737 community colleges to receive the prestigious scholarship, which provides as much as $30,000 a year for up to three years to the nation’s best low-income community college students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. Scholars were selected based on high academic ability and achievements, persistence and financial need.
Pramschufer has overcome family hardship and battled financial need as a homeschool dual-enrolled student at SCF. When he was 7, his father died, and a few years ago, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. He has cared for his mother and his family while juggling a job as a supervisor at Frank Theatres Galleria and taking college courses at SCF Venice.
“SCF has been fantastic. What I like about SCF Venice is that it’s smaller, and you really get to know people and experience that sense of community,” he said.
At SCF, Pramschufer has studied mathematics and physics in pursuit of his childhood dream to become a Walt Disney Imagineer who creates Disney’s rides, attractions and activities. He has always loved creativity and innovation and often created drawings for TV shows and movies. Family trips to Disney World prompted him to research ride systems and attempt to build them on his own.
After graduating with an Associate in Arts degree, Pramschufer plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Florida State University or the University of Central Florida.
Pramschufer is a member of the Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at SCF Venice. He also is actively involved in the community as a student leader for Students Working Against Tobacco and a volunteer for The Venice Warehouse, a community organization that provides events, activities and opportunities for community involvement for teens and young adults. Pramschufer is a member of Lift Church in Venice and won a short sermon contest at a state fine arts festival competition for Assemblies of God youth groups.