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FAMU Awards More Than $323,000 in Scholarships in Fort Lauderdale and Miami During Annual President’s Tour
March 12, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) concluded its 2013 President’s Tour on Monday, March 11, after presenting more than $323,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Fla. 

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson awarded $131,000 to deserving students at the Fort Lauderdale reception, which was held at Hallandale Magnet High School.

Essence Miles said she was in pure shock when she heard FAMU Vice President for Student Affairs William E. Hudson Jr. call out her name for a scholarship.

“I was like, ‘Whoa!’” said Miles, an 18-year old from Coral Springs, Fla. “When I came to the recruitment fair, I thought I was just going to see what the school was all about. I didn’t think I was going to earn a $4,000 scholarship on the spot.”

Miles’ mother, Tanisha McFarlane, attended the event with her daughter. She said its very heartwarming what the university is doing.

“I liked how the individual booths were set up, because when you go to a big fair, people often times don’t have time to focus on you,” McFarlane said.  “This was more intimate and personal.”

At the fair, interested students had the opportunity to meet with recruiters from various FAMU colleges, schools and departments, and receive one-on-one assistance. Students also could check the status of their application.

Jessica De La Cruz discovered she had been accepted into the university, and her letter of congratulations was already in the mail.

“This feels great!” she said after learning she was accepted. “I used to cry thinking I was never going to college.”

Robinson reminded the future Rattlers that great things happen everyday at FAMU.

“I firmly believe that going to FAMU is the best decision you will ever make,” he told the crowd of nearly 300. “It is our job to bring out the best in you as a student. When you come through our doors, we get you prepared for those challenges. It is your time to come and experience Florida A&M University.”

In Miami, students were just as enthused to become future Rattlers. Robinson presented $192,000 in scholarships during the recruitment fair at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium.

Michelle Wilson received the Distinguished Scholarship Award for more than $50,000. Wilson, 18, a senior at Miami Lakes Educational Center, currently has a 3.9 unweighted grade point average and a 5.1 weighted grade point average.

“This is absolutely exciting,” said Wilson, who plans to study molecular biology. “When they were calling names, I thought there were a lot of qualified students and didn’t expect to be called. I am really looking forward to attending FAMU and being a part of the FAMU family.”

Theresa Wilson said she is very proud of her daughter and she sets a great example for her younger brother.

“Her brother should be at the reception, too, so he can see what happens when you work hard,” she said with huge smile. “She often stays up late doing her homework. Hard work really pays off.”

Throughout the tour, FAMU students shared testimonials with prospective students and their parents.

“When I think of FAMU, I think of change,” said Larry Polynice, Mr. FAMU 2012-2013. FAMU has truly changed my life for the better.”

FAMU student Frank Johnson, an environmental student from Kansas City, Mo., agreed.

“Everyone has a different story to tell,” said Johnson, who recently earned an internship with Disney. FAMU gave me an opportunity that no other school would give me. FAMU gives you a sense of family. It’s really a home away from home.”

Robinson noted that FAMU is a great source of talent, not only for the state of Florida, but the entire nation.

“Florida A&M graduates are all over the nation doing great things,” he said. “There is nowhere in the nation that you will not find a FAMU graduate.”

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FAMU Kicks Off President’s Tour Awarding More Than $300,000 in Scholarships
March 11, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) President’s Tour is off to an impressive start, presenting more than $306,000 at it first two stops. Interim President Larry Robinson began starthe annual President’s Tour in Pensacola, Fla. by awarding $238,353 in scholarships at a reception held at Booker T. Washington High School.

Before awarding scholarships, Robinson shared with the students and parents why FAMU has a unique historical mission and a special purpose that is critically needed in these contemporary times.

“Be a part of our greatness,” Robinson said .  “As you begin to make a decision about the best institution for your college experience, select Florida A&M University.  It will help you to discover what you can become.”

President of the Pensacola FAMU Alumni Chapter, Stephanie Powell, was gleaming with excitement to host the reception.

“This is huge for us to have the President’s Tour come here,” Powell said.  “I am really excited. This is a dream that has come to fruition.”

As Powell walked away to meet students, parents and alumni, she turned and said with a smile, “Did I say I was excited?”

Powell was not the only person in room bursting with joy.  Prospective FAMU students were just as excited to receive scholarships, which range from $2,000 to more than $60,000.

Jaris Harrison, a student at Pensacola High School International Baccalaureate Program, was honored to be the recipient of a $4,000 scholarship.

“I am so honored and excited,” said Harrison, whose grandmother and uncle are FAMU alumni.  “I plan to
major in nursing.  Go Rattlers!”

Ryan Rogers, a student at Tate High School, was awarded the Distinguished Scholarship Award valuable at more than $58,000.

“This is a pleasant surprise,” said Rogers, who appeared to be in shock.  “I had no idea that I would receive a scholarship.”

Rogers’ mother, Jamie Rogers, seemed to almost lose her breath when she heard the scholarship amount that was being awarded to her son.

“I am absolutely ecstatic,” said Jamie Rogers.  “My boss is a graduate of Florida A&M University. I cannot wait to call her to tell her this news.  This is so exciting.”

In Gainesville, more than 200 individuals participated in the second stop of the President’s Tour. Hosted at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church by the FAMU National Alumni Association’s Alachua County Chapter, eight students were awarded with $68,000 in scholarships.

Ayana Nelson, 18, received a $24,000 scholarship to attend FAMU in the fall. Nelson, a senior at Palatka High School, has already been accepted to FAMU, and plans to major in biology.

“I was shocked when they called my name for such a big scholarship,” said Nelson, who attended the event with her friends. “I applied in November and I always knew I wanted to attend FAMU because of the history of the university and atmosphere of the campus.”

Following the presentation, Nelson called her mother to tell her the good news.

“She started crying on the phone,” Nelson said with a smile. “I just want to thank FAMU and I am very honored to have received this scholarship.”

FAMU Vice President for Student Affairs William Hudson served as the keynote speaker for the Gainesville recruitment fair. He encouraged the prospective students to never give up, despite what influences may try to hold them back.

He then added that FAMU is the type of environment that will help to motivate and cultivate greatness.

“You can get anywhere you want from FAMU,” Hudson told the audience. “It’s more than a motto. We are able to produce exceptional graduates because great things happen everyday at FAMU.”

During the respective receptions, FAMU Connection gave a stellar performance as they entertained the audience by sharing FAMU’s history with song and dance.  FAMU students presided over the program as well as gave their personal testimony on why they choose FAMU.

The next two stops on the tour, scheduled for March 11, are Hallandale Magnet High School in Hallandale, Fla., and Joseph Caleb Auditorium in Miami, Fla.

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February 26, 2013

. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson will visit four cities in Florida as part the university’s annual President’s Tour. The tour is scheduled to begin March 9 through March 11 stopping in Pensacola, Gainesville, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

The annual tour is an effort to recruit some of the best and brightest students in the state of Florida. Interim President Robinson will meet with students and parents to award scholarships on the spot to students who meet Presidential Scholarship requirements.

High school seniors and their parents are invited to attend all receptions.  To qualify for the Life-Gets-Better Scholarship, a student must be designated as a National Achievement, Hispanic or Merit Semifinalist majoring in one of the following STEM programs: biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics, environmental science, or mathematics.  Students must have a 1950 SAT score or a 29 on the ACT and a 3.50 grade point average (GPA). Recipients of this scholarship will also receive a stipend each semester for miscellaneous expenses, internship opportunities and a laptop.

FAMU will also offer the Distinguished Scholar Award, a full scholarship, to students who have 1800 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT and a 3.5 GPA. Partial scholarships will be offered to incoming freshmen who have at least 1650 on the SAT or 23 on the ACT and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

The FAMU Connection, the University’s recruitment/performing group, will provide entertainment.  FAMU administrators, Presidential Ambassadors, representatives from the colleges and schools and alumni will accompany Interim President Robinson.

The tour schedule is as follows:

March 9, 1 p.m. (CST)
Booker T. Washington High School
6000 College Pkwy  
Pensacola, FL 32504
March 10, 3 p.m.
Springhill Missionary Baptist Church
120 SE Williston Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32641

Fort Lauderdale
March 11, 9 a.m.
Hallandale Magnet High School Auditorium
720 N.W. Ninth Avenue
Hallandale, FL 33009

March 11, 7 p.m.
Joseph Caleb Auditorium
5400 N.W. 22nd Avenue
Miami, FL  33181

For more information about the tour, contact the FAMU Division of Student Affairs at (850) 599-3183.

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