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Student who helped save lives at Daytona Beach awarded scholarship

Foundation Vice-Chair Melanie Cornell, President Dr. E. Ann McGee, Stacy Robinson, Trustee Jeffrey Bauer, and former Foundation Chair Ben Newman gather during the Foundation Executive Board Meeting where Robinson received a surprise scholarship.

Seminole State College of Florida sophomore Stacy Robinson was surprised with a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of his heroic efforts in early March when he helped rescue two children from a minivan struggling in the rough surf at Daytona Beach.

At its Executive Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 1, the Foundation for Seminole State College recognized and awarded Robinson with the scholarship.

“When we heard it was one of our own students who helped in the rescue, we knew we wanted to do what we could to honor him,” said Foundation Executive Director Dr. John Gyllin. “One of our mottos at Seminole State is ‘we change lives,’ and Stacy’s brave actions demonstrated this in the purest form.”

On March 4, Robinson and his girlfriend were visiting Daytona Beach and saw a minivan being tossed about in the Atlantic Ocean waves. Robinson rushed to the rescue, pulling two children with him to safety. Since the rescue, he has been interviewed numerous times by the media.

Robinson, 21, is a sophomore at Seminole State and has been active in the Student Government Association at the Altamonte Springs Campus. He plans to graduate this summer with an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree and transfer to a university where he hopes to play football. Robinson lives in Ocoee and is a graduate of Jones High School.

After he transfers from Seminole State, Robinson said he is considering majoring in criminal justice, but still is not certain. He said Dr. Constance Hudspeth, a communications professor at Seminole State, is one his favorite professors.

“Dr. Hudspeth’s speech class was one of my favorites,” Robinson said. “And, it was good for me – especially now, with all these media interviews – she helped me get over my fear of public speaking.”

Dr. Hudspeth said: “We are all very proud that Stacy is our hero. In addition to being a hero, he is genuinely a good person who is loved by everyone who meets him. He always has a smile on his face and a kind word to lighten up your day. He is a true inspiration to all.”

The Foundation for Seminole State College, founded in 1968, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that enhances the College's programs and services through the development and management of private contributions, public grants and community partnerships. For more information, visit

Central Florida television stations interview Stacy Robinson following the scholarship announcement.

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