SCF Student Named FCS Chancellor’s Student of the Month

(Bradenton, Fla., December 20, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) student Vida Biggins was named Florida College System Chancellor’s Student of the Month in December.

Biggins entered SCF with a G.E.D., and with the help of SCF advisors and professors, has become a poised, accomplished high-achiever who has been accepted into Columbia University where she will study neurological science and behavioral biology this spring.

At SCF, she made remarkable accomplishments after overcoming abuse, family hardship and barriers to her education that caused her to drop out of high school. Biggins has mentored other students and shared her story as a student speaker at the recent inauguration of SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld and keynote speaker at the SCF Foundation scholarship luncheon.

She received the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Scholarship and the Linda Novey White Scholarship from the International Women’s Forum Florida Suncoast. Biggins served as president of the Nu Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the African-American Student Union and as a student representative on college committees. She also participated in Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network Day, Relay for Life and other community events.

Biggins interned at the Roskamp Institute in Sarasota and is coauthoring an article for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Her dream is to become a neuroradiologist.

Click here to read the Florida College System newsletter announcing the honor.

Vida Biggins

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