MCC Student Government Scholarship Honors Lisa Carlton

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 9, 2008) - Manatee Community College (MCC) has named a prestigious Student Government Association (SGA) scholarship in honor of Lisa Carlton, the recently term-limited state senator whose legislative district included MCC.

Carlton learned about the honor in a surprise presentation at the Dec. 9 meeting of the MCC district board of trustees at MCC Bradenton. She was presented with a commemorative medallion by Steve Harner, board chair, and met some of the current SGA officers who receive the scholarship.

The scholarship's total cumulative award is up to $7,500 annually with individual awards ranging from $300 to $400 each term, depending on the office held. Students elected to the SGA Executive Board must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and be enrolled in a minimum of nine semester college credit hours.

Carlton, whose 10-year service in the Florida Senate ended last month due to term limits, also served four years in the Florida House. Her Florida Senate District 23 included Sarasota County and parts of Manatee and Charlotte counties. Carlton co-manages, with her mother and sister, the Mabry Carlton Ranch in southeast Sarasota County.

During her tenure in the Florida Senate, Carlton rose to the second highest-ranking post of president pro tempore. She also held the positions of appropriations chair and education appropriations chair, among other high-level committee assignments.

MCC President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, who knew Carlton when they served in the Florida House together in the mid-1990s, explained the significance of naming the SGA award for the retired legislator.

"It is in the best interests of our community, state and nation to prepare future lawmakers and policy-makers to be leaders," Hafner said. "College is the ideal place for this education, and we are fortunate at MCC to have in our district a true public servant with the stature and respect that Sen. Lisa Carlton has earned. She is a role model whose example will inspire present and future MCC students."

Lisa Carlton receives honor.

Lisa Carlton, center, receives a commemorative medallion from Board of Trustees Chair Steve Harner along with President Dr. Lars Hafner and Student Government Association members.

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