Suncoast Paraprofessional to Teacher Scholarship Winners

Suncoast Paraprofessional to Teacher Scholarship Winners
Posted on 06/07/2021
Suncoast Paraprofessional to Teacher Scholarship Winners

An elementary and a middle school paraprofessional are the recipients of the 2021 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:

  • Danielle Holmquist, Skyline Elementary
    • Will attend Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Elsie Jackson, Lehigh Acres Middle School
    • Will attend Florida Gulf Coast University

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.