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Alumni Association

                                                                              SPC Alum Bill McCloud (right)
                                                                              and his wife Elaine pose with
                                                                              Former U.S. Representative
                                                                              Kendrick Meek at the Grand
                                                                              Opening of SPC’s Midtown

Bill McCloud credits his experiences as a student       Alumni Awards
at St. Petersburg Junior College for laying
the foundation of his educational career. After         2016 Outstanding Alumnus: Congressman Gus Bilirakis
graduating from the mechanical engineering
program in 1973, Bill went on to obtain his             U.S. Congressman Gus
bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. studies.                 Bilirakis (R) was honored
                                                        last year as SPC’s 2016
In 2006, Bill helped establish the Gibbs Junior         Outstanding Alumnus.
College Alumni Association Scholarship, which           Bilirakis attended St.
provides financial assistance to students at SPC’s      Petersburg Junior College
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. Looking back on his        before earning a B.A. from
career, Bill also wanted to encourage students to       the University of Florida
enter STEM-related fields. With that in mind, Bill and  and a J.D. from Stetson
his wife Elaine created the Bill McCloud/Transdev       University.
Scholarship for students pursuing an education in
science, technology, engineering or math at SPC.        Prior to being elected to
                                                        Congress, Bilirakis served
In 2012, Bill received the National Council for         four terms in the Florida
Resource Development (CRD) Benefactor Award in          House of Representatives
recognition of his philanthropic contributions to SPC.  (1998-2006) where he won bipartisan acclaim for his leadership
He joined the Foundation Board of Directors the         efforts, including sponsoring the bill that would expand SPJC into
same year and in 2014 was elected Chairman. Bill        a four-year institution making it the first community college in the
has distinguished himself as a tireless community       state to transition.
leader and steadfast supporter of SPC.

Bill has also been active in the SPC Alumni Association. In addition to
Outstanding Alumnus, the Alumni Association awards two other prestigious
honors each year.

The Apollo Award, given each year since 1966, is presented to an outstanding
associate degree graduate and the Achievement Award honors an exceptional
baccalaureate graduate. Winners are chosen for their leadership, scholastic
standing and community service.

      (from left to right) Alumni Association Former President John Brown,

7 Dr. Bill Law and Amy Bhatt 2016 Achievement Award Winner
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