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First Generation Scholarships

First Generation Students and Duke Energy
State President Alex Glenn gather at Midtown

Approximately one in six students  Duke Energy
enrolled at St. Petersburg
College will be the first in       As a long-time partner of the SPC Foundation, Duke Energy is a champion
their family to earn a college     of education and workforce development in Pinellas County. In January
credential. Thanks to our donors,  2016, Duke provided $30,000 to underwrite scholarships for First
over 915 First Generation          Generation students attending SPC’s Midtown and Downtown campuses.
Scholarships were awarded in       Demonstrating its commitment to veterans, this year Duke also awarded
the 2015-16 academic year.         $7,500 to the Foundation’s Veterans Bridge Fund Initiative that provides
All donations to the SPC First     essential financial assistance to veteran students at SPC. Duke has been a
Generation Scholarship Initiative  prominent sponsor of the Foundation’s Distinguished Speaker Series and is
are matched one to one by the      active with numerous other programs at the College.
State of Florida.

Theresa Guy  Theresa Guy is the fourth of five children in an honest, hard-working family. Her mother
5            has a high school diploma, her father and siblings do not. She struggled in high school –
             with academics and to find purpose. While she dreamt of attending college, her grades,
             limited financial resources and lukewarm family support were telling her otherwise.

             At age 32, after many attempts to improve her circumstances, Theresa met with a
             social worker who would help turn her life around. This new found support gave her the
             confidence to enroll at St. Petersburg College. Two years later, Theresa proudly shares,
             “I am holding a 4.0 GPA and have been inducted into the Golden Key International Honor
             Society!” Theresa credits SPC for helping her find balance as a student and single mother.
             She plans to graduate from SPC next year and attend USF to work on her long-term goal
             to becoming a therapist. She wants to pay forward both the financial and emotional support
             she received to help others in similar circumstances.
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