SCF Holds College Reach-Out Program Awards Ceremony

(Bradenton, Fla., May 21, 2014) — Graduating seniors from area high schools and other students in State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) College Reach-Out Program (CROP) were honored this spring at the 16th Annual CROP Awards Ceremony at SCF Bradenton.

Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the SCF Foundation Inc., gave welcoming remarks and students were presented with certificates, scholarships and special achievement awards. Others attending the ceremony included Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of student affairs; Dr. Mike Mears, vice president of strategic initiatives; Kristen L. Anderson, CROP's program director; and Yvette Benton, assistant principal of Miller Elementary School and CROP activities coordinator.

SCF Trustees Robert Wyatt and Rick Hager presented award letters to students who received scholarships to participate in the 2014 Summer Bridge Program.

CROP site coordinators from participating schools included Artrice Clark, Booker Middle School; Lem Andrews, Booker High School; Sandra Alanis, Manatee High School; Kelli Douglas, represented by Sandra Alanis, Palmetto High School; Pearlie Green, Riverview High School; and Keenan Wooten, Southeast High School.

Yessica Tapia, CROP multicultural specialist, and Elizabeth Bazan, CROP alumna and SCF student, presented a video about what the program meant to participating students. Bazan and CROP alumnus Frankel Valentin shared their experiences in the CROP program and encouraged students to continue their education and actively participate in the CROP program.

CROP, a statewide program funded through a grant from the Florida Department of Education, is designed to increase the number of students who successfully complete postsecondary education.

SCF's school-based CROP program assists targeted students by providing motivational and educational activities to keep them on a college-bound track.

Students honored as "CROP Student of the Year" for their school included Jermaine Ziegler, Booker Middle School; Jackeline Juarez, Booker High School; Randi Jackson, Manatee High School; Simon Williams IV, Palmetto High School; Melissa Castor, Riverview High School; and Armando Cruz, Southeast High School. Sheldon McCloud from Suncoast Polytechnical High School also was recognized as a student of the year by the CROP program.

Ninety percent (44 of 49) of this year's CROP seniors plan to continue their education after graduating from high school.

Fifty-one percent of CROP seniors (25) will start college in June through the 2014 Summer Bridge Program at SCF. Students earned program scholarships of approximately $900. CROP graduates who attend SCF also are eligible to receive tuition and book scholarships.


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