SCF Collegiate School Students Get University Nod on Instant Decision Day

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 16, 2018) — Nine State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) seniors, who will graduate from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) with an associate’s degree the day they receive their high school diplomas, participated in the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) Instant Decision Day Oct. 11.

Seniors interested in transferring to USF met with college and career counselors visiting the Collegiate School from USFSM. The students had already submitted their applications and provided transcripts and college admission test scores.

“This offers a wonderful opportunity for our students to continue their college education,” said Kelly Monod, head of the Collegiate School. “The partnership with USFSM also means they won’t have to pay tuition, allowing them to graduate without the burden of college debt.”

USFSM offers scholarships to SCFCS and SCF graduates who transfer to the university. Under the scholarship program, USFSM will pick up tuition costs and fees for up to 60 credit hours beyond their Associate of Arts degrees, not covered by other sources of financial aid, and will provide a $600 book allowance to the scholarship recipients. The program is for undergraduate course work only, and students must maintain continuous full-time academic status, registering for at least 12 credit hours in each of the fall and spring semesters.

Elise Hussey, a Bradenton resident who was accepted to USF, said she appreciates the opportunity to graduate debt-free.

 “I really wasn’t expecting to feel the way I did when I was accepted,” Hussey said. “I am excited.”

Her classmate Olivia Brown, a Sarasota native, also was “excited, but nervous” about starting at USFSM. Both have attended the Collegiate School since the sixth grade. There are 82 seniors at the Collegiate School this year.

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Elise Hussey celebrates being accepted into USF.

Elise Hussey celebrates being accepted into USF.

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