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Seminole State presents Community Pathfinder Award to County Commissioner Brenda Carey

Seminole County Commissioner Brenda Carey (center), with Seminole State Trustees Chair Wendy Brandon (from left), Trustee Amy Lockhart, Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee and Trustee Scott Howat, was honored with the College's 2017 Community Pathfinder Award. 

Seminole State College of Florida presented this year’s Community Pathfinder Award to Seminole County Commissioner Brenda Carey during the College’s Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Oct. 16.

The Community Pathfinder Award recognizes those who strive to make a difference at Seminole State and in the community.

A longtime College supporter, Carey, received this award in recognition of her assistance in securing land for the expansion of Seminole State’s Altamonte Springs Campus. She was also key in retaining legislative funding for the new $25 million Student Center at the College's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

The Center is scheduled to open in January 2018 and will support Seminole State's vision of being a student-centered college by serving as a one-stop facility for student services and student life. It will offer Wi-Fi and smart technology throughout and include lounge spaces, a cyber-perch, a game room, meeting and dining areas, a food court, Barnes & Noble bookstore and a coffee shop.

In addition to helping to secure funding for Seminole State, Carey has seen the College through tremendous growth, from just a few portable classrooms when the College first held classes in 1966 to its expansion to four campuses in six sites in Seminole County. She also established an endowed scholarship in her name and the Sandra Glenn Memorial Endowed Scholarship through the Foundation for Seminole State College for graduates of Seminole High School who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, with preference given to single mothers.

“My heart is tied to the College,” Carey said. “I’m happy to help, happy to see the growth, and keep up the good work.”

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