Press Release: Florida Prepaid College Foundation
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (April 12, 2013) – One local high school student will secure their future in higher education through the Thomas J. Wallace Scholarship Essay Contest sponsored by the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Foundation. This one-time scholarship, valued at up to $18,000, will provide the deserving winner an opportunity to pursue a four-year college degree. The deadline for entry is May 3, 2013 and the contest is open to 9th, 10th and 11th grade public high school students in Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.
The scholarship honors Mr. Thomas J. Wallace and his 35 years of service to the state of Florida, including 15 years as executive director of the Florida Prepaid College Board and Florida Prepaid College Foundation (1997 to 2012). Since Mr. Wallace earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University and spent the majority of his public service career in various policy and budget management positions, the winner of this scholarship should be seeking a career in accounting or public service.
“It is an honor to recognize Mr. Wallace and his years of dedicated service helping hundreds of thousands of children achieve their higher education goals,” said Board Chairman Duane Ottenstroer. “With this scholarship, we have the opportunity to recognize and reward a future leader in the field of accounting or public service and set them on a path to success with the opportunity to earn a college degree.”
To be eligible, each submission must include a 500 word essay using the prompt: “The value of public service: How can a life of public service positively affect an individual and their community?”; two letters of recommendation from a teacher or employer; and a 200-250 word personal essay describing why they deserve the scholarship and their plans for the future. View full eligibility and submission requirements.
Entries will be judged by board members and staff of the Foundation. The winner will receive a 2+2 Tuition with Fee Plan scholarship provided by the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Foundation. This scholarship provides the winner 60 lower division credit hours at one of 28 Florida colleges and 60 undergraduate credit hours at one of Florida’s 12 state universities. The winner will be announced and presented their scholarship at the Florida Prepaid College Foundation quarterly board meeting on June 13, 2013.
Visit www.floridaprepaidcollegefoundation.com for complete official rules and guidelines.
About the Florida Prepaid College Foundation
The Florida Prepaid College Foundation is the 501(c)(3) direct support organization for the Florida Prepaid College Board. Foundation scholarships provide a way for students who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to go to college, a guarantee of support to help them along the way. Many of the recipients are the first in their family to attend college. The Foundation was created in 1990 as a public/private partnership. Businesses, organizations and community groups may purchase contracts through the Foundation, allowing scholarship recipients to benefit from the advantages and guarantee offered by the Florida Prepaid College Plans. The Foundation provides prepaid college scholarships to economically disadvantaged students who are at risk of dropping out of school and to other deserving students in need of assistance.