Alachua, Bradford county students awarded 1-year STEM scholarships

Joyce Huang of Alachua County and Nivaiah Foster of Bradford County were among the 37 Florida students to receive one-year STEM scholarships at the 27th annual Sunshine State Scholars Conference.
Joyce Huang of Alachua County and Nivaiah Foster of Bradford County were among the 37 Florida students to receive one-year STEM scholarships at the 27th annual Sunshine State Scholars Conference.
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Students from Alachua and Bradford counties were among 37 Florida 11th graders awarded a one-year scholarship for their performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

According to a State Farm press release, the national insurance company teamed with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and the Florida Department of Education to present the scholarships at the 27th annual Sunshine State Scholars Conference held May 2-3 in Orlando. More than 100 scholars attended the conference.

Joyce Huang of Alachua County and Nivaiah Foster of Bradford County were among the 37 Florida students to receive one-year scholarships.

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“The Sunshine State Scholars program recognizes Florida’s brightest STEM students and their outstanding achievements in STEM education,” said Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr., in the press release. “I extend my highest appreciation for their dedication and hard work, and I am hopeful these scholars will continue their postsecondary education in Florida and succeed throughout their academic journey.”

The conference spotlighted the state’s outstanding 11th-grade students in STEM. State Farm awarded a $90,000 grant to the Florida Education Foundation that provided college scholarships to the students. The Florida Prepaid College Foundation matched the $90,000 award for a total of 37 one-year scholarships at a Florida university or college.

“State Farm is committed to helping nurture students’ creativity and sparking their imagination through STEM,” said State Farm Enterprise Technology Manager Kevin Reeves in the press release“We encourage students to enter STEM fields and become lifelong learners, while simultaneously contributing to a dynamic global society.”

The scholars were selected from Florida school districts as the top 11th-grade STEM students. The students and their families participated in the program designed to connect them with Florida’s postsecondary education institutions and STEM-focused employers.

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