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Traditional Scholarships John (Far Right) and JoAnn Nestor For many St. Petersburg College students, the availability of meet Political Analyst David Brooks financial assistance can mean the difference between enrolling at the Foundationâ€™s Distinguished in classes and deferring academic and career goals. In fact, it is Speaker Event widely reported that the availability of financial assistance has a greater influence on student recruitment and retention than any John and JoAnn Nestor are passionate about other controllable factor. focusing their philanthropic efforts in the community they call home. In 2014, the couple discussed their With the support of friends and partners like John and JoAnn desire to make an impact in the area of education Nestor, the Foundation was able to award over $1.5 million with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and in scholarships to more than 1,900 students in the 2015-16 his recommendation led them to St. Petersburg academic year. These scholarships support the Collegeâ€™s efforts College. to attract and retain a broad and diverse student enrollment. And with more than 60% of the Collegeâ€™s annual enrollment Understanding the importance of affordable, relying on tuition assistance, scholarships play a critical role in accessible and high quality education, the Nestors student success and help ensure that our graduates possess began working with the SPC Foundation to create the high-demand skills sought by area employers. the John and JoAnn Nestor Scholarship. Through the Foundationâ€™s Traditional Scholarship Initiative, the Nestors were able to tailor their award to coincide with their specific interests and to-date have awarded over 40 student scholarships. Timora Works Traditional scholarships provide support to students like Timora. With constant instability throughout her childhood in Midtown, St. Petersburg, she dropped out of high school and eventually found herself living in a homeless shelter. â€œI felt like giving up on everything. I was lost and did not know how to begin to start my life over,â€ said Timora. Inspired by her older sister, Timora decided to obtain her GED and enroll at SPC. The financial assistance Timora received through SPC Foundation scholarships allowed her to fully focus on her studies. The scholarships did so much more than pay for tuition, they gave Timora a greatly needed boost of confidence. â€œThe scholarships made me know that people actually care about what I have done to get to where I am today.â€ Timora graduated with an A.A. in Business Administration in May 2016 joining the more than 640 scholarship recipients who 3 graduated during the 2015-16 academic year.