Students studying for careers in the health sciences at South Florida State College (SFSC) received more than $21,000 in scholarships during the December meeting of SFSC’s District Board of Trustees.

Florida Blue Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships were awarded to SFSC students in nursing, dental education, and radiography programs. The students may use the scholarships for tuition, textbooks, lab fees, and childcare.

Students receiving the scholarships are studying within three health science disciplines:

  • Nursing: Palavi Agarwal, Erica DeLoera, Sonya Fowler, Jessica Garza, Yesenia Losano, Susan Mathis, Dennis Mejia, Crystal Oliveros, Crystal Parker, Faustina Ramirez, Hector Ramirez, Savannah Taylor, Monike Thomas, and Rodine Walker.
  • Dental Education: Soraya Castillo, Diela Darceus, Carmen Mitchell, Lisset Paulino, Naseana Sullivan, and Anna Wiley.
  • Radiography: Alicia Hayles, Melissa Hernandez, Rosela LaPointe, and Christian Pena.

The scholarships are the result of a partnership between the Florida College System (FCS) Foundation and Florida Blue. The Florida Blue Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship was created to sustain a source of funding for student scholarships at Florida’s colleges to meet the growing need for skilled nurses and allied health professionals who serve the state’s diverse population. The SFSC Foundation, Inc. provided a 50 percent match of the original $10,696 provided by the FCS Foundation and Florida Blue, as the funds must be matched dollar for dollar by private donors at the local level.

“For some students, the scholarship from the FCS Foundation and Florida Blue may be the only financial assistance they receive,” said Jamie Bateman, SFSC’s executive director of Institutional Advancement. “Because of these two organizations, our students can continue their studies with the long-term goal of providing exceptional health care throughout our communities.”

The FCS Foundation, based in Tallahassee, is a nonprofit organization that solicits gifts and donations from corporations and individuals for distribution to Florida’s 28 community and state colleges. SFSC has received scholarships for health sciences students since 2006. Florida Blue, previously known as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, provides individual and group health insurance to millions of Floridians.