SCF Celebrates Summer Bridge Program Success

(Bradenton, Fla., August 6, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) recognized 23 students who completed the 2014 Summer Bridge Program (SBP) at a special ceremony July 31 at SCF Bradenton.

The Summer Bridge Program, which assists recent high school graduates in getting a jump start on their college education, is led by SCF Program Director Kristen L. Anderson and Yessica Tapia, SCF College Reach-Out Program (CROP) multicultural specialist.

Students received a college scholarship covering tuition, books, school supplies and lunches, and completed up to six college credits by taking courses including Student Life Skills, Psychology and Reading.

At the ceremony, Anderson commended the students for their success.

"In just six weeks we have seen you work hard, grow and transform from recent high school seniors to successful college students. This will be a great advantage for you as you begin the fall semester," said Anderson. "We are very proud of you and we look forward to seeing you succeed in college and beyond."

Also recognized at the celebration for their roles as instructors in making the Summer Bridge Program a success were Kelli Douglas and Gladys Green.

Students Denisha Joseph, Dakota Lawson and Sheldon McCloud expressed their gratitude for the program, and Michael Braxton implored his classmates to keep pushing for success in the future.

Brion Adams, a 2012 Summer Bridge Program participant, offered advice to the students on how important time management skills are to their future success in college.

All of the students who completed the program are planning to attend college this fall with the majority already enrolled at SCF.

Other special guests included Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of student affairs; Gary Russell, vice president of academic affairs; Jaqueline McNeil, director of the Academic Resource Center; and Allison Nash, scholarships coordinator, SCF Foundation Inc.

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