- The 10 scholarships are worth nearly $9,000 each, and cover tuition and other specified fees for 60 lower division credit hours at one of the 28 State Colleges in Florida.
- Winners include a grandfather who will gift his infant grandson; a mother whose oldest son will now get to be the first in the family to attend college; and a 4-year-old girl who is already asking her mommy to attend college with her.
- The 2-Year Florida College Plan offers the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree or trade certification in any number of fields, and serves as a springboard to further education. A student earning an associate’s degree at any Florida College is guaranteed admission to a State University.
- The 2017-18 Prepaid Plan Open Enrollment period runs Oct. 15, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2018. Newborn plans start at $47 per month.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A grandfather sent his children to college using a Florida Prepaid College Plan and has won the chance to do the same for his infant grandson. A mother of two will now see her oldest son be the first in the family to attend college. A 4-year-old girl is so excited to learn her college is paid for, she is already asking her mommy to attend college with her.
These are among the 10 families who have been awarded a 2-Year Florida College Plan scholarship from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, as part of its ongoing commitment to opening affordable pathways to college. The scholarship program is also part of the Board’s efforts to educate families about the budget-friendly Prepaid Plan options available during Open Enrollment.
“This is better than winning the lottery,” said LeAnn Kibler of Panama City, whose 4-year-old daughter Olivia will use the scholarship. Kibler comes from a family of educators and said they had been waiting until Olivia’s daycare expenses were finished to save for college. So the scholarship is a significant relief. “Olivia is so excited. She keeps asking, ‘Mommy will you go to college with me?’”
The winners entered the Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program between September 25 – October 29, 2017, at flprepaidstage.wpengine.com/scholarship and were selected at random from among more than 28,000 entrants. Each plan is valued at nearly $9,000.
“We are excited to award these scholarships to the 10 winning families, who now can get a strong start on their college degree,” said Board Chairman John Rood. “The state colleges are a starting point for so many post-secondary students. We’re also incredibly pleased that so many families entered to win, and in doing so learned more about the importance of saving for college.”
Amanda Wills said her son Kaedan,10, was so excited to learn about winning the scholarship that he immediately told all of his teachers at school. His brother, 4, is autistic and the family had put off investing in a college savings plan while dealing with medical expenses, she said. “This is such a wonderful gift.”
Currently, 65 percent of the state’s high school graduates pursue their postsecondary education beginning at a Florida college. And over half of junior and senior students at state universities transferred from the Florida College System, according to the Division of Florida Colleges.
Open Enrollment is the only time each year when families can purchase one of the Florida Prepaid College Board’s five prepaid tuition plans and prepaid dormitory plans.
This year, families can purchase newborn plans for a 2 + 2 Florida Plan for as low as $153 a month, a 4-Year Florida College Plan for less than $125 a month, and a 2-Year Florida College Plan starting at $57 a month.
The winners of this year’s Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program are:
- Jennifer Odom of Rockledge
- LeAnn Kibler of Panama City
- Miriam Gutierrez of Lake City
- Amanda Wills of St. Cloud
- Melissa Schott-Gomez of Orlando
- Kenneth Telesky of Jacksonville
- Colleen Banat of St. Augustine
- Amy DiNorscio of Boca Raton
- Peter Licata of Jupiter
- Holly Ryba of Titusville
Prepaid Plans are available for purchase during Open Enrollment, which runs October 15, 2017 – February 28, 2018. For more information, visit flprepaidstage.wpengine.com.