Suncoast Paraprofessional to Teacher Scholarship Winners

Suncoast Paraprofessional to Teacher Scholarship Winners
Posted on 06/09/2020
Suncoast Paraprofessional to Teacher Scholarship Winners

Two Elementary school paraprofessionals are the recipients of the 2020 Suncoast Paraprofessional to Teacher Scholarship. The Scholarships are for current paraprofessionals, interested in pursuing teaching, who have an associate degree and plan to attend Florida Gulf Coast University or Florida SouthWestern State College.

This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Emily Kahle, San Carlos Park Elementary. Emily is a former Quest Teacher and Fashion Merchandising major. She will finish her Associate’s Degree this summer and she plans to enroll in FSW’s Education program in Fall 2020.
  • Elisa Francisco, Edgewood Academy. Elisa is a former Engineering major and has received her Associate’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University. Elisa is currently working towards an Education degree at FSW.

Paraprofessionals assist instructional staff in meeting student academic needs and achieving the objectives of the school they work at. Suncoast Credit Union Foundation provides the scholarships so that these valued employees can lead their own classrooms as teachers. In the last three years Suncoast has provided $150,000 in scholarships for high school seniors and paraprofessionals committed to becoming teachers for the School District of Lee County.

While studying, scholarship winners are eligible for paid internships with the District. The scholarship must be renewed for the second year of school. Upon graduation, the recipients pledge to teach in the District for at least three years.

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