Scholarship Established in MCC President's Honor

Louise Bruderle and Dr. Sarah Pappas at the West Coast Woman's Front Page Luncheon on May 14. Photo courtesy of SAGE art.

At its 20th anniversary Front Page Luncheon held May 14 at Michael's on East, "West Coast Woman" publisher Louise Bruderle announced the establishment of a scholarship in honor of Manatee Community College (MCC) President Dr. Sarah Pappas to be awarded to a student who has completed Sarasota Ballet's "Dance - The Next Generation" program. Dr. Pappas will select the student recipient.

Dance - The Next Generation is a seven-year full-scholarship program designed to prevent at-risk children ages 8 to 18 in the Sarasota community from dropping out of school. Children who complete the rigorous training program may qualify for other scholarships at MCC and the University of South Florida (USF) Sarasota-Manatee.

Dr. Laurey Stryker, former campus executive officer of USF Sarasota-Manatee and currently interim executive director of Sarasota Ballet, presented the award to Pappas. Stryker remarked on Pappas' well-known love of dancing and noted that she and Pappas worked together to establish the "Dance - The Next Generation" scholarship program several years ago.

The Foundation for Manatee Community College Inc. will match the "West Coast Woman" scholarship donation.

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