Barancik Foundation Awards $60,000 Grant to Support Gator Engineering at SCF
(Bradenton, Fla., April 20, 2017) — The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation has awarded a two-year $60,000 grant to State College of Florida Foundation to support students enrolled in Gator Engineering at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF). Gator Engineering at SCF is a collaborative program with the University of Florida (UF) Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and SCF.
The new program develops pathways for students to be admitted to UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering while starting their education at SCF. The students take their coursework at SCF until they complete their necessary math and science courses and then move to the UF campus to continue their engineering education.
The program, with its smaller class sizes and supportive cohort of fellow students, offers advantages to ensure student success. As part of the concierge services, students receive dedicated support with an SCF advisor and access to UF departmental advisors dedicated to the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. The grant, made possible by the Barancik Foundation, will allow one-on-one meetings between advisors and new students to thoroughly understand the students’ needs and produce thoughtful, individualized student success plans. The advisors will create additional welcoming, supportive, engaging student environments in spaces such as a Gator Den.
“Gator Engineering will attract students that are the first in their family to attend college, susceptible to dropping out and require significant assistance,” said Teri A Hansen, Barancik Foundation President and CEO. “This extra attention will help to ensure they attain a degree.”
Finally, the grant will allow Gator Engineering at SCF to plan more activities for Gator Engineering students, while allowing for outreach to high school personnel to coordinate recruitment into the prestigious UF Gator Engineering at SCF program and create new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program pathways for students.
For more information, visit SCF-Foundation.org.