young money live: financial literacy week

Financial Literacy Week Presents “Young Money Live
Monday, April 8 at 9:30am to 3:00pm
East Campus, Bldg 5, Room 112 & Great Hall
701 N Econlockhatchee Tr.Financial Learning

Along with special sessions like Young Money Live, Student Financial Learning Ambassadors promote financial literacy and responsible money management through peer-to-peer skillships and by presenting at campus events.

Many of the Ambassador presentations occur in the classroom through Valencia’s Student Success course, which is a class teaching strategies for success in life and college and is an appropriate platform for introducing the topic of financial responsibility.

It is with the support of USA Funds over the last 2 years that the Financial Learning Ambassador program has grown and expanded college-wide.

Mounting student debt to cover rising college costs is creating a challenging environment for a number of students pursuing a college degree. A college degree is an avenue to financial success and long-term stability and most college graduates experience more stable employment, higher income, security through assets, and an overall better quality of life than non-graduates.  One mechanism to work toward higher graduation rates and lower default rates is by way of financial literacy strategies and initiatives like the USA Funds supported Financial Learning Ambassadors at Valencia College.

not too late

today

Here is a quick reminder that the 8th Annual Valencia 5K Walk, Run & Roll is this Saturday, March 30th at 6 pm. Funds raised will provide scholarships for Valencia students who want to have careers in nursing, law enforcement, fire-fighting and as EMTs.

Watch for:

  • Lots of awards categories and awards 
  • Refreshments
  • Free Kids Fun Run and crafts — like Easter basket creations — for kids under 10
  • Commemorative t-shirt and race bag

Go here for more information and to register.  Onsite registration will be available as well.

Can’t make it but still would like to participate? Valencia 5K donations can be made online at https://donate.valencia.org/alumni.

 

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join team valencia in the walk to support healthy babies

This year, Valencia is supporting the March of Dimes by participating in the March for Babies walk on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Lake Eola.

Each year, more than half a million babies are born prematurely, and more than 120,000 are born with serious birth defects. Right here in Florida, 32,005 babies are born too soon – that is why Valencia is walking together for stronger, healthier babies.

“Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help support the March of Dimes in their mission to improve the health of babies,” said Mike Bosley, executive dean of the Lake Nona Campus and lead on this initiative. “Even something as simple as giving 10 dimes could go a long way in supporting research and programs that help moms in our community have full-term pregnancies and ensure babies get a healthy start.”

Sign up to join Team Valencia and make a donation by clicking here. Collection bottles will be set up at various campus locations in the coming weeks.

By signing up and participating in this walk, employees are eligible for one wellness activity point to go toward the 2013 Wellness Incentive Program. Employees who give $25 or more will also receive a Team Valencia shirt, while supplies last. Please email your registration confirmation to Debi Jakubcin at djakubcin@valenciacollege.edu to be eligible for these two benefits.

The March of Dimes has been supporting stronger, healthier babies for 75 years. Do you have a personal March of Dimes story that you would like to share with the college community? If so, please leave a comment below.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Bosley at mbosley@valenciacollege.edu or at extension 7007.

Source: The Grove:  http://tinyurl.com/cdpt9bk

2013-14 grainger tools for tomorrow scholarship

Grainger - For the ones who get it done.

2013-14 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship

Are you studying Electronic Systems, Heating/Air Conditioning, Plumbing, Pneumatics, Welding, Automotive, Construction, Facilities Maintenance or other Industrial Trades? 

You may qualify for the 2013-14 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship! Apply Today!

Since 2006, the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship program has helped technical education students across the country realize their educational goals. This scholarship recognizes outstanding students with a $2,000 scholarship and customized Westward toolkit upon successful completion of the student’s technical education program.

All applicants must provide the following:

  • One letter of recommendation from a professor, teacher, advisor, or military first line supervisor.
  • A list of clubs, activities, accomplishments, leadership roles held and years involved, including those related to their field of study or military job experience.
  • An essay of 200-300 words on why the student chose to study technical education, how their achievements and/or leadership roles have helped them grow individually and their future goals within the technical field.
  • Submit a Transcript showing a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • A completed Grainger application.
  • Be enrolled in 12 credit course hours per semester and in the final year of study from Electronic Systems, Heating/Air Conditioning, Plumbing, Pneumatics, Welding, Automotive, Construction, Facilities Maintenance or other Industrial Trades.
  • Honorably separated from U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard).
  • All required documents must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM April 1, 2013 to Susan Ambridge, please call 407-582-1168 or emailsambridge@valenciacollege.edu for more information.

Grainger Application

Grainger Tools For Tomorrow Scholarship Program

All About Grainger

**The scholarship is not transferable to another institution. The scholarship monies must also be used by the student within 24 months.**

Grainger employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents at select community colleges.

 

valencia uses simulators to train cardiovascular tech students

How do you teach students to insert stents and balloons into arteries, so they’re ready to work on real patients when they graduate?

At Valencia College, students in the college’s Cardiovascular Technology (CVT) program learn by using training simulators that deliver a virtual-reality experience. Valencia’s CVT program educates and prepares students to become Invasive Cardiovascular Specialists known as a Cardiovascular Technologists (CVT).

Using a state-of-the-art Simbionix simulator, students gain hands-on experience placing guidewires, stents and balloons, but they also learn the intricacies of cardiac rhythm management, BTK (below-the-knee) procedures designed to save the lower leg, particularly important for diabetics.

“Ultimately, the use of simulation in the health science programs at Valencia is critical to the student’s training, said Penny Conners, Dean of Allied Health at Valencia College. “In our cardiovascular technology program, with the aid of the Simbionix simulator, our students are able to replicate the exact procedures that they will be performing in the hospital setting. In this regard, simulation helps the students to understand and put safety first for the patients so they can give the best care possible while working in their field.”

Click here to watch a video of Valencia students using the simulator.

The ANGIO Mentor provides experience with basic/advanced guidewire and catheter skills, familiarity with endovascular procedures, and immerses them in the cath lab team experience. Using the simulator, students also learn how to operate the C-arm, patient’s table, fluoroscopic screen, as well as how to read the hemodynamic monitoring and administer medications due to complicated treatment. The simulator offers hands-on training that is designed to enhance manual dexterity and improve appropriate instrument decision making. Because of the simulator’s high-end haptic, students learn a realistic sense of touch needed for learning how to insert guidewires, balloons, stents and other interventional devices.

“The ANGIO Mentor has been widely embraced by medical colleges in the education of surgical residents and fellows,” said Inbal Mazor, vice president of marketing for Simbionix. “Now, our portable haptic simulators and vast library of modules and cases have been embraced by community college CVT programs.”

Source: Marketing and Strategic Communications, Valencia College; Valencia News; http://news.valenciacollege.edu

new lake nona rotary supporting valencia students

Valencia Osceola President Kathleen A. Plinske, (L), Valencia Foundation Manager Donna Marino (C)  and  Lake Nona Rotary President Michael Valenzeula

Valencia Osceola President Kathleen A. Plinske, (L), Valencia Foundation Manager Donna Marino (C) and Lake Nona Rotary President Michael Valenzeula

Special appreciation is extended to Lake Nona Rotary; this group modeled service above self with a recent contribution of $4,000 for Valencia student scholarships.

The March 2013 donation is earmarked for first responder student scholarships.

At the same meeting, Lake Nona Rotary members honored the good work of local students in the Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary.

This Civil Air Patrol unit collaborated with Valencia College and Lake Nona Rotary to implement the 9/11 memorial flag display on Osceola Campus.

Valencia Osceola President Kathleen A. Plinske, (L),  Student Leaders from  Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary (C) Valencia Foundation Manager Donna Marino (R)  and  Lake Nona Rotary President Michael Valenzeula (R)

Valencia Osceola President Kathleen A. Plinske, (L), Student Leaders from Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary (C) Valencia Foundation Manager Donna Marino (R) and Lake Nona Rotary President Michael Valenzeula (R)

valencia alumni association has new pinterest

Pinterest

 

The Alumni Associations’ Pinterest website has officially launched! Check out photos and stay up-to-date on upcoming events, like our 8th Annual 5K.

Don’t forget to follow us!

 

valencia foundation & united way join forces in finish line campaign

Join your colleagues in helping our students and our community cross the Finish Line in our first joint Valencia Foundation and Heart of Florida United Way campaign. Dr. Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia College, launched the campaign on Monday, March 18 and sent each employee a unique link directly to the electronic pledge process hosted by United Way.

Often students face obstacles in meeting both their educational expenses and their basic needs for housing, food, transportation, and childcare. When a student can’t meet the most basic needs, studying and learning become even more challenging. This joint campaign with the Foundation and United Way is designed to address both needs, ensuring that students have access to necessary financial support to meet their obligations and reach their dreams.

The campaign runs through April 5, 2013 and the goal is to bring new donors and new dollars to both organizations. Specifically, the Foundation is working to bring several scholarships created in honor of Valencia employees, students, and alumni to the Finish Line – completing the endowment – so students can begin receiving disbursements from these funds.

When you log into your personalized e-pledge site, you will have the opportunity to pledge the amount that you wish and to determine where that gift is designated (to the Valencia Foundation and/or to United Way). You can split your gift to fund both organizations or pledge the full amount to only one organization.

For information about how to make a one-time donation, click here.

Check out The Juice newsletter each week during the campaign to see our progress via a Finish Line graphic, as seen below.

If you did not receive the email from Dr. Shugart or accidentally deleted it, please contact ebusiness@huwf.org to have it resent. If you do not wish to receive additional emails about the campaign, simply log into your personalized e-pledge site and click “I do not wish to give at this time.”

For more information about the faculty and staff Finish Line campaign, visit the Valencia Foundation webpage. If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact abosley@valenciacollege.edu or dmarino@valenciacollege.edu.

orlando magic youth foundation scholarship – due april 1, 2013!

High school seniors! If you haven’t already, there’s still time to apply for the 2013-14 Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Scholarship! 

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Valencia College & Seminole State College Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Scholarship Program

The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation has partnered with Valencia College and Seminole State College to award current high school seniors that plan to attend Valencia College or Seminole State College during the upcoming fall 2013 term. This scholarship is available for two years. One recipient from each school will be awarded $6,000 for a total of four semesters.

Students must complete the 2013 OMYF Scholarship Application by April 1, 2013 as well as meet the following requirements:

  • Must be degree seeking.
  • Must demonstrate financial need. (Submit copies of a parent or guardian’s 2012 or most recent federal income tax return or W-2)
  • Must have a weighted cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale. (You must include a copy of your most recent transcript.)
  • The student must be a graduating senior from Seminole, Orange or Osceola counties.
  • Student plans to attend Valencia College or Seminole State College beginning as a freshman for the fall term of 2013.
  • Please include a typed statement with your completed OMYF application of no more than 500 words. IF YOU COULD CREATE YOUR OWN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM OR ORGANIZATION HERE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, WHAT WOULD IT BE, WHO WOULD IT SERVE AND WHY?
  • Provide information detailing extracurricular activities, school activities and/or honors programs.
  • Secure two (2) letters of recommendation referencing academic status or community service. (Letters are acceptable from the following: teachers, counselors, community leaders, mentors, etc.)

Once students are selected to receive OMYF scholarship funding, there are three (3) key components that must be maintained for funding to continue throughout the duration of the scholarship period:

  1. Academics – Students are expected to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA at VC or SSC in order to qualify for award dollars each semester.
  2. Community Service – Students are required to complete 30 hours of community service per semester. The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Department will gladly provide recommendations on possible projects, internships and opportunities for community outreach. It is the responsibility of each student to forward copies of their hours to VC or SSC.
  3. Extracurricular Activities– Participation in extracurricular activities is encouraged. These activities can provide students with valuable experiences to develop leadership and team building skills. It is also a great way to help build your resume and meet new people.

In order to apply, please submit or mail your OMYF scholarship application by April 1, 2013 to the school you plan to attend:

Valencia Foundation
C/O Ms. Jen Bhagirath, Scholarship Coordinator
190 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801

or

Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida, Inc.
C/O Mr. John Gyllin, Executive Director
100 Weldon Boulevard
Sanford, Florida 32773

*If you are applying to Valencia College and Seminole State College – please mail applications to both institutions.

Application, Guidelines, and More Information:

2013 OMYF Scholarship Application

2013 OMYF Scholarship Guidelines

2013 Scholarship Timeline and Program Plan

Please visit: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/cohen_scholarships_051111.html to learn more about OMYF and their past recipients.

2013 rafman scholarship banquet

This past Saturday was the 18th annual RAFMAN Club Foundation and Valencia College Foundation’s Scholarship Banquet. (RAFMAN stands for Retired Air Force, Marine, Army, Navy.) The theme was “Continuing our Commitment to Education” and the guest speaker was Dr. Barbara Jenkins, superintendent of Orange County Public Schools. Leslie “Ms. B” Brockington once again dazzled the crowd as mistress of ceremonies – it was a great event!

scholarship recipient Marcellus Hagler

scholarship recipient Marcellus Hagler

Congratulations to our student scholars: 2013 RAFMAN Club Scholarship recipients Alton Mercer and Marcellus Hagler. And kudos to the incentive award recipients, Chavion Collins and Rose Pierre.

scholarship recipient Alton Mercer

scholarship recipient Alton Mercer

We are proud to offer the RAFMAN Club Scholarship to Valencia students. Through this scholarship, we are positively impacting the lives of the future leaders of our community. We are honored to have RAFMAN Club as a partner in philanthropy.

almost time to run, walk & roll!

5k post

The Valencia Alumni Association continues to build its team as it gears up for its 8thAnnual Valencia 5K Run, Rock & Roll scholarship fundraiser on Valencia’s West Campus on Saturday, March 30th.

This year’s 5K funds will once again support criminal justice, firefighter and EMS student scholarships at Valencia in honor of former Alumni Association board member, Justin Harvey.

Over 300 Valencia supporters came out last year where they ran, walked and rolled their way to raising more than $7,000 in student scholarship funds.  The race brought together Valencia alumni and employees; students, including those from Valencia’s Criminal Justice Institute, Paralegal, Respiratory Care and Bridges programs; as well as community participants, many of them from local law enforcement agencies. An energetic team of students and instructors from Boone High School’s criminal justice program also participated in the race for the first time.

Discover the many ways you, your organization or someone you know can invest in Valencia students’ pursuit of higher education as part of the Valencia 5K team.  There will also be some wonderful activities for children like a Kids Fun Run and Crafts for kids under 10; one of the activities will be creating little Easter baskets.

For more information about 5K sponsorship and other opportunities, contact the Alumni Relations office at alumni@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-340-3426.

SAVE THE DATE! See you on Saturday, March 30th!

Register Online or Mail-In registration 

peace ambassador program kicks off with retreat

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By Krystal Pherai and Linnette Bonilla

It was Margaret Mead who asserted, “Never doubt that a small group of dedicated people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” and the Peace and Justice Initiative’s (PJI) new core group of student volunteers, known as the Peace and Justice Ambassadors, is doing just that.

On Saturday, February 9, 2013, thirteen students and four faculty/staff members gathered at Valencia’s Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) for the Peace and Justice Ambassadors’ first retreat. The day was centered on three major themes: bonding, exploration, and formation.

Activities began with each participant choosing a partner. The pair would then ask questions about one another that would later be shared with the whole group. During this time, the room was filled with laughter and smiles. After introductions, groups of three were formed to create posters that represented each of the PJI Principles for How We Treat Each Other, a practice of respect and nonviolence. A shared perspective of what the principles meant was drawn, shared, and then displayed on the walls.

Following the principles project was the “Me Bag” activity. Attendees were asked to bring three items from home: one symbolizing their culture, one revealing their connection to Valencia, and one representing what peace and justice means to them.

After lunch, the ambassadors read a Hopi Indian story on teamwork before gathering outside for a team building activity, with the goal of working together to bring a metal pole to the ground using only their fingertips (see photo above). Although this activity may seem simple, each individual was required to work cohesively to reach the goal.

The group then met back inside to create visual depictions of peace and justice. While several different perspectives were shared during this activity, each piece of art carried common themes: unity, community, respect, and equality.

At the end of the day, participants were asked to individually reflect upon the day and write a letter to themselves, which will be mailed back to them at the end of the year as a reminder of the effect the retreat had on their life. For the finale, the participants had dinner at Olympia, a Greek restaurant, where they relaxed, enjoyed each other’s company, and discussed ideas for the future of the Peace and Justice Ambassadors.

Since its formation in 2007, the Peace and Justice Initiative has been heavily supported by faculty and staff at Valencia. The PJI is now happy to say that it is also supported by determined, dedicated, peaceful students.

Check out the Peace and Justice Initiative on Facebook to view more images from the Peace and Justice Ambassador retreat.

This article was contributed by two of the founders of the Peace Ambassadors, Krystal Pherai, staff assistant to the Peace and Justice Initiative, and Linnette Bonilla, Peace and Justice intern and Valencia graduate.

The Peace Ambassadors is a partnership between the Peace and Justice Initiative and the office of diversity and inclusion. A special thanks to Linda Freeman, professor of psychology, Eli Solis, professor of foreign language and peace studies, and Rachel Luce-Hitt, coordinator for the office of diversity and inclusion, for offering their support and guidance in the development of the Peace Ambassadors program. For more information, contact peaceandjustice@valenciacollege.edu.

orlando magic youth foundation scholarship program

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Valencia College & Seminole State College Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Scholarship Program

The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation has partnered with Valencia College and Seminole State College to award current high school seniors that plan to attend Valencia College or Seminole State College during the upcoming fall 2013 term. This scholarship is available for two years. One recipient from each school will be awarded $6,000 for a total of four semesters.

Students must complete the 2013 OMYF Scholarship Application by April 1, 2013 as well as meet the following requirements:

  • Must be degree seeking.
  • Must demonstrate financial need. (Submit copies of a parent or guardian’s 2012 or most recent federal income tax return or W-2)
  • Must have a weighted cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale. (You must include a copy of your most recent transcript.)
  • The student must be a graduating senior from Seminole, Orange or Osceola counties.
  • Student plans to attend Valencia College or Seminole State College beginning as a freshman for the fall term of 2013.
  • Please include a typed statement with your completed OMYF application of no more than 500 words. IF YOU COULD CREATE YOUR OWN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM OR ORGANIZATION HERE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, WHAT WOULD IT BE, WHO WOULD IT SERVE AND WHY?
  • Provide information detailing extracurricular activities, school activities and/or honors programs.
  • Secure two (2) letters of recommendation referencing academic status or community service. (Letters are acceptable from the following: teachers, counselors, community leaders, mentors, etc.)

Once students are selected to receive OMYF scholarship funding, there are three (3) key components that must be maintained for funding to continue throughout the duration of the scholarship period:

  1. Academics – Students are expected to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA at VC or SSC in order to qualify for award dollars each semester.
  2. Community Service – Students are required to complete 30 hours of community service per semester. The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Department will gladly provide recommendations on possible projects, internships and opportunities for community outreach. It is the responsibility of each student to forward copies of their hours to VC or SSC.
  3. Extracurricular Activities– Participation in extracurricular activities is encouraged. These activities can provide students with valuable experiences to develop leadership and team building skills. It is also a great way to help build your resume and meet new people.

In order to apply, please submit or mail your OMYF scholarship application by April 1, 2013 to the school you plan to attend:

Valencia Foundation
C/O Ms. Jen Bhagirath, Scholarship Coordinator
190 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801

or

Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida, Inc.
C/O Mr. John Gyllin, Executive Director
100 Weldon Boulevard
Sanford, Florida 32773

*If you are applying to Valencia College and Seminole State College – please mail applications to both institutions.

Application, Guidelines, and More Information:

2013 OMYF Scholarship Application

2013 OMYF Scholarship Guidelines

2013 Scholarship Timeline and Program Plan

Please visit: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/cohen_scholarships_051111.html to learn more about OMYF and their past recipients.

mentor program provides 49 high school students with full college scholarships

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A college education can be life-changing – “a golden ticket to a better future” – and it’s a dream that’s about to come true for 49 graduating Orange County high school seniors.

On Thursday, Feb. 28, Take Stock in Children of Orange County awarded $30,000 college scholarships to 49 students who have participated in the organization’s unique mentorship program for five years.

At a ceremony held at Full Sail University, community leaders, volunteers, corporate sponsors and mentors — as well as the Orlando Magic dancers and the Magic mascot Stuff — cheered for this year’s high school seniors – the first group of students to graduate from the program.

Each graduating senior will receive a 2+2 Florida Prepaid $30,000 scholarship from the Orange County Take Stock in Children program, paid for by corporate sponsors. The scholarship pays for two years at any Florida community college and two years at one of Florida’s state universities. Altogether, the 49 students will receive $1.47 million in college scholarships.

“This opportunity from Take Stock in Children and our community partners is your ‘golden ticket,’ students, and your new door,” Elisha Gonzalez, executive director of Take Stock in Children of Orange County, told the graduating seniors. “Open it, and run. Run and enjoy the journey.”

In addition to the graduating seniors, 25 new middle-school students were inducted into the program, bringing the number of participating students to 150.

Take Stock In Children is a statewide initiative that helps underserved children succeed. The mentorship program starts when the children are in seventh grade. All are academically promising students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds: Some have parents who’ve been in jail; others have parents who have struggled with addiction, while many have been raised by single moms who are struggling to keep their families afloat financially.

Take Stock In Children provides volunteer mentors, early intervention and long-term support. If the children meet with their mentors weekly, keep their grades up and stay away from drugs and alcohol, they will earn a four-year college scholarship.

For scholarship recipient Cristian Rivera, the program has been “a powerful experience.” Cristian’s mentor, Orlando Magic executive Lucas Boyce, helped Cristian get his driver’s permit by letting Cristian practice driving his Jeep Cherokee. Boyce bought Cristian’s first suit, his own business card and taught him the art of making small talk.

Cristian’s goal is to work at Disney in a management position. He plans to start his college education at Valencia College and then study business management at the University of Central Florida.

Take Stock in Children was started in 1995 and has been successful in other parts of Florida. Valencia College brought the program to Orange County in 2008, thanks to a $1 million gift from the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation and another $1 million donation from Mears Transportation. Full Sail University was also one of the first sponsors to sign on.

Other sponsors include: Orlando Magic, the Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation, the Haddock Foundation and the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation.

Speakers at this year’s event included: Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports; Garry Jones, president of Full Sail University; Dr. Barbara Jenkins, superintendent of Orange County Public Schools; Bill Sublette, school board chairman, Orange County Public Schools; Bob Kodzis, Flight of Ideas Inc.; and Dr. Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia College.

Guests at the event included: Bo Outlaw, Orlando Magic Community Ambassador; Nancy Robbinson, Orange County Public Schools board member; Susan Fernandez of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s office; Jill Mickle of Florida Citrus Sports Foundation; Deb Mears of Mears Transportation; Linda Landman Gonzalez, vice president of community relations for the Orlando Magic and former president of the Valencia College Foundation; Stephanie Allen, executive director, Orlando Magic Youth Foundation; T. Picton Warlow, vice president of the Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation; Alberto Fierro Garza, Mexican consul; Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson; and Daisy Lynum, city commissioner, City of Orlando.

Source: Marketing and Strategic Communications, Valencia College; Valencia News; http://news.valenciacollege.edu

spring break 2013

540781_10151527616326303_758722549_nThe Valencia College Foundation and Valencia College will be closed March 4-8 for Spring Break. Students are invited to check Atlas for answers to many of their questions during this time.

Atlas is Valencia’s online system that allows students to receive e–mail and check information in student records using a secure personal identification number.

If you wish to make a donation to student scholarships this spring , please visit our secure donation site online at www.VALENCIA.org and click on Give Now: Make a Donation or you may also send your contribution to Valencia Foundation 190 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801.

Best wishes for a happy, safe and relaxing spring break.

–Donna

orlando magic youth foundation scholarship program

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Valencia College & Seminole State College Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Scholarship Program

The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation has partnered with Valencia College and Seminole State College to award current high school seniors that plan to attend Valencia College or Seminole State College during the upcoming fall 2013 term. This scholarship is available for two years. One recipient from each school will be awarded $6,000 for a total of four semesters.

Students must complete the 2013 OMYF Scholarship Application by April 1, 2013 as well as meet the following requirements:

  • Must be degree seeking.
  • Must demonstrate financial need. (Submit copies of a parent or guardian’s 2012 or most recent federal income tax return or W-2)
  • Must have a weighted cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale. (You must include a copy of your most recent transcript.)
  • The student must be a graduating senior from Seminole, Orange or Osceola counties.
  • Student plans to attend Valencia College or Seminole State College beginning as a freshman for the fall term of 2013.
  • Please include a typed statement with your completed OMYF application of no more than 500 words. IF YOU COULD CREATE YOUR OWN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM OR ORGANIZATION HERE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, WHAT WOULD IT BE, WHO WOULD IT SERVE AND WHY?
  • Provide information detailing extracurricular activities, school activities and/or honors programs.
  • Secure two (2) letters of recommendation referencing academic status or community service. (Letters are acceptable from the following: teachers, counselors, community leaders, mentors, etc.)

Once students are selected to receive OMYF scholarship funding, there are three (3) key components that must be maintained for funding to continue throughout the duration of the scholarship period:

  1. Academics – Students are expected to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA at VC or SSC in order to qualify for award dollars each semester.
  2. Community Service – Students are required to complete 30 hours of community service per semester. The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Department will gladly provide recommendations on possible projects, internships and opportunities for community outreach. It is the responsibility of each student to forward copies of their hours to VC or SSC.
  3. Extracurricular Activities– Participation in extracurricular activities is encouraged. These activities can provide students with valuable experiences to develop leadership and team building skills. It is also a great way to help build your resume and meet new people.

In order to apply, please submit or mail your OMYF scholarship application by April 1, 2013 to the school you plan to attend:

Valencia Foundation
C/O Ms. Jen Bhagirath, Scholarship Coordinator
190 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801

or

Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida, Inc.
C/O Mr. John Gyllin, Executive Director
100 Weldon Boulevard
Sanford, Florida 32773

*If you are applying to Valencia College and Seminole State College – please mail applications to both institutions.

Application, Guidelines, and More Information:

2013 OMYF Scholarship Application

2013 OMYF Scholarship Guidelines

2013 Scholarship Timeline and Program Plan

Please visit: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/cohen_scholarships_051111.html to learn more about OMYF and their past recipients.