FSCJ awarded its first-ever First Generation Scholarship to Daisha Bullard, a recent graduate of Englewood High School. The two-year scholarship was established from a 1:1 match opportunity provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
As a result of the scholarship, Daisha will become the first in her family to attend college. She was selected for the award based on the nominations she received from FSCJ Student Recruitment representatives who were impressed by her discipline, respectfulness and confidence.
“This scholarship has allowed me to be able to start college without the worry of where the money would come from for my classes or books,” said Ms. Bullard. “It’s given me the opportunity to get a jump start on my education without starting in debt.”
Beginning this Fall Term, Daisha will pursue her Associate in Arts degree at FSCJ. Upon completion, her goal is to transfer to Florida A&M University where she hopes to study to become a nurse.
Aligned with their mission to support higher education and at-risk students, the Florida Prepaid College Foundation announced in February that the Challenge Match Scholarship program would contribute half of the cost for one two- or four-year Florida Prepaid College Plan for first-in-family incoming freshmen of state universities and colleges in Florida. The remaining funds are to be supplied by the institution.
“FSCJ is proud to have the ability to support Ms. Bullard’s educational goals through the First Generation Scholarship,” said FSCJ Interim President Kevin Hyde. “There are many worthy students who have the desire to attend college but simply do not have the means. The Florida Prepaid College Foundation continues to be an invaluable educational partner and resource for families in our state.”