ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman congratulated 17 St. Petersburg-area public schools and 103 newly-signed Take Stock in Children scholars at the 2014 St. Pete’s Promise Scholarship and Awards Celebration.
He was joined in the celebration at the St. Petersburg Coliseum by Michael Grego, Pinellas County Schools superintendent; Jim Myers, Pinellas Education Foundation chairman; and members of the St. Petersburg City Council and other community leaders.
The Pinellas Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children Program provides Florida Prepaid College Scholarships to Pinellas County public school students from low-income families, in exchange for their pledge to stay in school, keep their grades up, stay away from negative influences, and meet regularly with an adult mentor. The scholarships awarded today are valued at more than $1.4 million which includes contributions by city of St. Petersburg employees, the Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg, HSN, the Junior League of St. Petersburg, the Pinellas Education Foundation, and many others.
In addition to the students awarded scholarships, Kriseman recognized the 13 St. Petersburg-area public schools that received A grades during the 2012-13 school year as well as the four additional schools that improved their school grades.
“The sun shines on our city as we celebrate what’s great about our schools, our teachers, and our students,” said Kriseman. “Progressive and high-performing schools mean excited, challenged, and engaged students who form the foundation of a great community.”