Three of 12 scholarship winners are all smiles during city hall ceremonies. From left are Melissa Finley, who will begin pre-med training; Stacey Caroll, who wants to be a nurse; and Nhu-Mai Thi Tran, a future pharmacist. All recently graduated from Pinellas Park High School.
PINELLAS PARK – The Public Service Education Foundation at the Aug. 11 City Council meeting presented $14,000 worth of scholarships to 12 deserving high school graduates.
The three-year-old program was created by city employees to help high school graduates with their public service careers. The foundation is funded by voluntary employee contributions and corporate donations.
More than $35,000 has been distributed since the program’s inception. Applicants must either attend local schools or live within city limits.
“These are fine, upstanding young people and we should all be proud of them,” Mayor Bill Mischler said. “They are tomorrow’s leaders.”
This year’s recipients are:
Kristin Ossola, Nhu-Mai Thi Tran, Ryan Lecompte, Melissa Finley, Stacey Caroll, Amanda Bohan, Jennifer Alves all of Pinellas Park High School; Bradley Anderson of Boca Ciega High School, Kristina Emmerich of Gibbs High School, Anita Frankhauser of St. Petersburg Catholic High School, Alyssa Monda of Largo High School and Ashley Wilson of Dixie Hollins High School.