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Innovation Grants

SPC’s Innovation Grants Initiative was                                                                SPC Professor
launched in 2011 to support the college’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 Foundation’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. Mairn’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 “technology playground,” the Lab attracts people of all ages from
                                           across Pinellas County who have an interest in science, technology, engineering,
                                           arts and math. It’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 SPC’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
Foundation’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.

  SPC’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.
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