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Innovation Grants SPCâ€™s Innovation Grants Initiative was SPC Professor launched in 2011 to support the collegeâ€™s Chad Mairn efforts to improve student success. demonstrates The Initiative provides the financial Virtual Reality resources needed to bring to life the technology creative ideas of SPC faculty, staff and students. These projects broaden the The Foundationâ€™s Innovation Grants Initiative has helped faculty members like scope of the curriculum, deepen the Chad Mairn develop programs that engage students in new and meaningful college experience and advance student ways. This year, Professor Mairn received a grant to underwrite the cost of achievement. The Foundation has equipment that utilizes holographs, 3D graphs and virtual reality to enhance awarded close to $400,000 since the student learning. This is Mr. Mairnâ€™s fourth Innovation Grant, each of which has inception of the program. helped build his highly popular Innovation Lab on Seminole Campus. Often referred to as a â€œtechnology playground,â€ the Lab attracts people of all ages from across Pinellas County who have an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Itâ€™s an oasis where both the curious and the experienced meet to share, learn and collaborate. The Lab also holds regular workshops and events like Makers Boot Camp which encourage experimentation and discovery. Presidential Scholarship Alexis Deveaux is an accomplished senior at SPC whose upbeat energy and positivity brighten the day of everyone she meets. As a Pinellas County high school student, Alexis enrolled in SPCâ€™s Early College Program and after two years graduated high school and earned an A.A. degree simultaneously. Although Alexis was courted by the top universities in the country, she chose to continue her education at SPC. Alexis was awarded a Presidential Scholarship in 2015 and says the scholarship Presidential Scholar Alexis Deveaux gave her the opportunity to immerse herself in her education and fully engage speaks at the 2016 Distinguished in activities on campus. During her time at SPC, Alexis served as President Speaker Event of student government, Head Delegate of the model U.N. team, MC of the Foundationâ€™s Distinguished Speaker Event and studied-abroad in Vietnam and South Korea. Even with all this, Alexis says the people and mentors she met at SPC have had the greatest impact on her life. SPCâ€™s Presidential Scholarships recognize outstanding achievement among Pinellas County high school students. The award provides full tuition scholarships for 60 credit hours of study at St. Petersburg College. Over 110 Presidential Scholarships have 9 been awarded since 2015.