Students Earn Scholarships to Become Teachers

Students Earn Scholarships to Become Teachers
Posted on 03/10/2021
Students Earn Scholarships to Become Teachers

Four high school seniors were awarded scholarships today to continue their education and become teachers for the School District of Lee County. Congratulations to Michel’le Bridley, Jonathan Arboleda, Kassandra Cooper, and Yaricela Vargas.

The School District sponsors the Grow Your Own Scholarship funded by the state legislature. Suncoast Credit Union also sponsors a Grow Your Own Scholarship, and the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools sponsors the Golden Futures Scholarship. The scholarships pay for a student’s tuition at Florida Gulf Coast University or Florida SouthWestern State College, as long as the student commits to teaching in the District for three years after graduation.

Michel’le Bridley is this year’s recipient of the School District’s Grown Your Own Scholarship. She is a senior at Fort Myers High School and will attend FSW in the fall.

The Suncoast Credit Union Grow Your Own Scholarship is being awarded to Jonathan Arboleda. The Riverdale High School senior will attend FGCU in the fall.

Golden Futures Scholarships from the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools are being awarded to Kassandra Cooper and Yaricela Vargas. Cooper is a senior at North Fort Myers High School and will attend FGCU in the fall. Vargas is a senior at South Fort Myers High School and will attend FSW in the fall.

The School District of Lee County, The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and Suncoast Federal Credit Union have been combining efforts for several years to recruit and retain teachers from our greatest community asset, our own students. The goal is to keep interested students who want to seek a career as a teacher in the School District of Lee County.

All four students were surprised during a zoom meeting.