Florida Medallion Scholars Get Better Deal at Community Colleges

(Bradenton, Fla., June 28, 2006) -- In Fall 2006, Florida Medallion Scholars enrolled in a two-year associate in arts, associate in applied science or associate in science degree program at Manatee Community College (MCC) will get a better deal. The 2006 Florida Legislature approved 100 percent funding, up from 75 percent, for tuition and fees for Medallion Scholars who choose a community college rather than a state university. Those attending state universities will continue receiving 75 percent funding.

For the typical Florida Medallion Scholar attending MCC on a full-time basis (12 or more hours), the state will pay approximately $1,000. Last year, 811 Medallion Scholars attended MCC. Administrators expect that number to go up this year.

"This is good news for community colleges, which already offer all students a great educational value. We expect to attract even more of our best and brightest scholars," said MCC President Dr. Sarah Pappas.

One of three awards offered through the state's Bright Futures scholarship program, the Florida Medallion scholarship is for students who maintain a 3.0 to 3.5 grade point average. The Bright Futures program was created in 1997 to reward students for their academic achievements during high school.

Enrollment for Fall 2006 is under way at MCC. Most Fall term day, evening and distance learning classes begin Aug. 21. Class offerings may be viewed on the Web at For more information about the Bright Futures program, Florida Medallion and other scholarships and financial aid, call (941) 752-5037 in Bradenton or (941) 408-1407 in South Sarasota County. Call (941) 752-5005 (941) 408-1300, ext. 65005, for enrollment information.

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