FAMU planning recruitment, scholarship tour


Administrators from Florida A&M University will return to Gainesville in March for the FAMU President's Tour to recruit students and offer scholarships.

ELIZABETH HAMILTON/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:49 p.m.

Larry Robinson, interim president of Florida A&M University, will be coming to Gainesville to recruit some of the best and brightest Alachua County students and to award scholarships on the spot.

Facts

FAMU TOUR

What: The FAMU President's Tour to visit Gainesville to offer scholarships.
When: 3 p.m. March 10.
Where: Springhill Baptist Church, 120 SE Williston Road.
Information: Call 850-599-3183.

The annual FAMU President's Tour to visit Gainesville will take place at 3 p.m. March 10 at Springhill Baptist Church at 120 SE Williston Road. The event will include performances by FAMU Connection, the recruitment/performing group, and remarks by Robinson and other school administrators.

The annual tour is an effort to recruit some of the best and brightest students in the state of Florida," said Sharon P. Saunders, FAMU's chief communications officer, in a press release.

Pamela Tolson, director of media relations at FAMU, said Robinson will meet with students and parents to award scholarships on the spot.

Tolson, who communicated via email, said students are encouraged to bring a copy of their transcripts for university officials to review their credentials, and provided they meet the minimum criteria, will be awarded, on the spot, one of the university scholarships.

"Please note that all criteria must be verified and maintained through their final transcript," Tolson said.

Dr. G.W. Mingo, president of the Alachua County chapter of the FAMU Alumni Association, said FAMU strives to get the best and brightest students and to pay their way, if they qualify.

"The president has designated Alachua County as a hotbed of high-achieving students and he wants to tap that resource," Mingo said. "He's coming with his money."

The following scholarships will be offered:

Life-Gets-Better Scholarship: For Florida residents only, this award is valued at $68,843 over a four-year period. To qualify, the student must be designated a National Achievement, Hispanic or Merit Semifinalist majoring in such STEM programs as biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics, environmental science and mathematics, have a 1,950 score on the SAT or 29 on the ACT, and an unweighted 3.50 grade point average.

Distinguished Scholar Award: For Florida residents only, this award is valued at $56,044 over a four-year period. To qualify, a student must score 1,800 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT and hold an unweighted 3.5 grade point average.

George W. Gore Assistantship: This is a four-year scholarship for incoming Florida freshmen. To qualify, a student must have scored at least 1,650 on the SAT or 23 on the ACT and hold a minimum unweighted 3.0 grade point average.

The Gore scholarship amounts awarded each year will consist of $2,000 for students scoring 1,650-1,679 on the SAT or 23 on the ACT; $3,000 for students scoring 1,680-1,724 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT; $4,000 for students scoring 1,725-1,754 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT; $5,000 for students scoring 1,755-1,784 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT and $6,000 for students scoring 1,785 on the SAT.

Tolson said incoming freshmen majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematics or physics also will receive an extra $1,000 annually and engineering majors will receive an extra $2,000 each year.

"This tour is an opportunity to provide prospective students with scholarships," Tolson said. "We hope that students and parents know and understand that Florida A&M University is a place that provides the best and brightest students with a high-quality education and assist them in discovering what they can become."

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