Monday, October 25, 2021

In-Demand Careers Scholars Program Participants Announced


Champions For Learning and the Education Foundation of Sarasota in partnership with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation are happy to announce that four students have been selected for the In-Demand Careers Scholars Program. This program’s goal is to develop a trained workforce with entrepreneurial skills to be competitive to enter high-demand career fields in Florida. This is the second year of the scholarship and this year it expanded to include Collier, Lee, and Sarasota counties.

“We’re excited to continue to expand this opportunity to students in three Florida counties,” says Cynthia O’Connell, Director of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. “The four students selected have great ambitions and we look forward to celebrating all of their future accomplishments.”

The four high school juniors are Jennifer Trejo from Lely High School, and Samantha Haley, Colin Stevens, and Izabela Tapia (Sarasota County).

These students will be awarded a Florida Prepaid 2-Year Florida College Plan scholarship. In addition, they will receive support from their education foundation and their advocate in weekly College and Career Preparation Programs labs throughout their junior and senior years of high school, and continued support through college graduation and entry into the workforce.

“We are extremely honored to expand this program,” says Susan McManus, President of Champions For Learning. “Through the collaborative partnership we have developed with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, we look forward to expanding this opportunity to support students in Collier County and across the state in a new way.”

“We are pleased that Sarasota County was invited to join Collier and Lee counties in Florida Prepaid College Foundation’s expansion of the In-Demand Careers Scholars pilot program, and we are excited for the three Sarasota County student scholars who underwent a rigorous application process and demonstrated their eligibility to take part in this new avenue for postsecondary education,” said Education Foundation of Sarasota County President Jennifer Vigne.


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