Donors, students, alumni, community partners and college leadership celebrated the awarding of over $1.8 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students during the 2018-19 academic year at the St. Petersburg College Foundation's 20th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on March 27.

More than 210 guests attended the event, Emceed by Bay News 9's Veronica Cintron and sponsored for the 8th consecutive year by RBC Wealth Management. RBC representatives Clark Mason, Miles Green and Dave Henwood were in attendance and thanked for their continued support of the college and students. Generous donors had the chance to meet and talk with their scholarship recipients and see first-hand the positive impact of their investment.
“Thank you for continuing to empower students like me as we take on new challenges and learn new things. You have made a difference in my life and for that I am indebted to you. I only hope that one day I may be able to give back to a student in need as you all have done for me.”

Molly Konkle, Vivian T. Greve Scholarship

“This money was a gift of encouragement and a sign of hope in the face of financial difficulty. I am even more determined to excel and succeed because of this investment in my future. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to continue pursuing my degree. In honor of your support I will pay in forward by continuing to serve at St. Petersburg College, and in my local community.”

Ronelia Bailey, LEAP Tampa Bay FUSE Scholarship

“Please know your thoughtfulness is a gift that I will always remember. I am touched beyond words. This award has made an amazing difference in my dreams of finishing school and giving a better future to my kids.”

Gretza Colmenero, Florence Coles Ballenger Endowed Scholarship

“Achieving a college degree is crucial for my career goals. This sponsorship fuels my ability and drive for success. Thank you for believing in my potential as a student and choosing me for this honor. “

Lia Messina, LEAP Tampa Bay FUSE Scholarship