AVON PARK, Fla. — Nov. 21, 2019 — During the November meeting of South Florida State College’s (SFSC) District Board of Trustees, 20 students studying for careers in the health sciences at SFSC received approximately $22,000 in scholarships.

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: Laura Holda, Kimberly Frazier, Nashley Martinez, Sara Smith, Matthew Stuck, Carolina Barron-Altamirano, Devine Raines, Ashley Massung, and Leonel Rodriguez Jr.
  • Dental Education: Cristin Carlisle, Patricia Pacheco-Trahan, Jacqueline Perez, Aliya Blas, Annetude Delhomme, Julia Figueroa, and Sofia Monroy
  • Radiography: Jordan Hear, Holly Lang, Rodrigo Mendieta, and Niki Rast

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 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% match of the original award from the FCS Foundation and Florida Blue, as the funds must be matched dollar for dollar by private donors at the local level.

“Because of Florida Blue’s commitment to education, SFSC can ensure students studying toward careers in the health sciences will have the resources they need to complete their programs,” said Jamie Bateman, SFSC’s executive director of institutional advancement. “This year we will award the scholarships to students who will soon start careers in nursing, dental care, and radiography—all of which play a critical role in keeping our community safe and healthy.”

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.