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Foundation receives $50,000 grant from AT&T

AT&T presented a $50,000 grant to Seminole State College in a check presentation ceremony June 25. Left to right: Seminole State Trustee Alex Setzer; AT&T Florida Regional Director of External Affairs Troy McNichols; Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee; Foundation for Seminole State Board Chairman Ben Newman; Adult Education Manager Michael Woodson.

The Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida has received a $50,000 contribution from AT&T that will provide support and scholarships for at-risk students at the College’s Adult High School starting this fall.

The contribution will be used to initiate tutor and mentor programs, revamp and resupply educational materials, and provide incentive scholarships for 100 at-risk Adult High School students.

“We are honored that AT&T is increasing the economic vitality in our community by contributing funding to our adult education programs,” says Terri Daniels, dean of the School of Academic Foundations. “These additional resources will assist students greatly as they transition from secondary to postsecondary programs.”

Through the Adult High School, students 16 or older work their way toward a high school diploma or GED. The College also provides students access to college-credit courses and specialized certificate programs to kick-start their college careers.

The effectiveness of the new programs and procedures will be analyzed periodically throughout the 2013-14 academic year by tracking and analyzing a wide spectrum of data, including GPA, test scores, attendance, engagement, retention and graduation rates.

"AT&T is a steadfast supporter of educational programs that enable student success," says John Gyllin, executive director of the Foundation for Seminole State. "This tremendous contribution will enhance the great work already being done in the Adult High School at Seminole State and move students that much closer to fulfilling their educational dreams."

AT&T has a long history of charitable giving in the communities in which they serve. Between 2008 and 2011, AT&T donated more than $21.5 million to support charities, causes and nonprofit organizations throughout Florida.

“Seminole State College’s Adult High School demonstrates how alternatives to traditional education programs can increase graduation rates for students,” says Marshall Criser, president of AT&T Florida. “Supporting innovative educational programs is critical to providing all Floridians with a chance to succeed. AT&T is pleased to be a contributor to that success.”

The contribution was awarded to Seminole State during a check presentation ceremony on June 25 at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

The Foundation for Seminole State College is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to enhance the College's programs and services through the development and management of private contributions, public grants and community partnerships. For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website.

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