SCF Foundation to Host Virtual Annual Scholarship Luncheon

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 29, 2020) The State College of Florida (SCFF) Foundation will host its 20th Annual Scholarship Luncheon, presented by Suncoast Community Credit Union, virtually on Zoom, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The engaging program on the future of education will feature Erin Gruwell, educator, author and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. Tickets are available now at or by texting SCFLUNCH to 41444.

The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation is the proud keynote speaker sponsor for the presentation by Erin Gruwell. Gruwell’s educational philosophy fundamentally values and promotes diversity and has transformed her students’ lives. Her innovative teaching methods and powerful book “The Freedom Writers Diary” inspired the critically acclaimed 2007 film “Freedom Writers,” in which Gruwell was played by Hillary Swank, and the 2019 PBS documentary “Freedom Writers Stories from the Heart.”

Tickets are available for purchase at the following rates:

  • $100 – Includes virtual access to Erin Gruwell’s keynote presentation and a delicious hand-delivered lunch catered by Michael’s On East (local deliveries only).
  • $25 – Includes virtual access to Erin Gruwell’s keynote presentation only.
  • $10 (prior to October 31) – Discounted tickets are available to educators for virtual access to Erin Gruwell’s keynote presentation.

Each year the SCF Foundation Scholarship Luncheon highlights one of SCF’s many academic areas to educate the community, raise funds for scholarships and provide an opportunity for student recipients to meet and thank the donors who make the scholarships a reality. This year’s luncheon will focus on the teacher shortage in Florida as well as the abundance of affordable educational opportunities for current and aspiring educators offered at SCF.

For more information about the SCF Foundation, visit or call 941-752-5390.

Erin Gruwell

   Erin Gruwell, educator, author, motivational speaker and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation

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