College Briefs 2/6/20


Four local students earn degrees from Western Governors

SALT LAKE CITY – Fleming Island’s Schuyler Boone, Julia Castro and Nicholas Calcutti of Middleburg and Jennifer Valadez of Orange Park all graduated recently from Western Governors University.

Boone earned a Master of Arts in Teaching-Mathematics degree; Castro earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing; Calcutti earned a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Management; and Valadez earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

The online, nonprofit university has graduated over 167,000 students from across the country since its inception in 1997.

Welsh graduates from Sam Houston State University

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Orange Park’s Kahlil Welsh recently earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University.

Sam Houston State University is a public university that was founded in 1879 and is the third-oldest public college or university in Texas. It is one of the oldest purpose-built institutions for the instruction of teachers west of the Mississippi River and the first such institution in Texas.

Cox, Domenico earn scholarships for Culver-Stockton College

CANTON, Mo. – Keystone Height High’s Drew Cox and Fleming Island’s Broden Domenico were admitted into Culver-Stockton College's incoming class for the fall 2020 semester and received academic scholarships.

Cox also was awarded the Hilltop Scholarship, a $10,000 per year scholarship for four years.

Domenico was awarded the President's Scholarship, an $11,500 per year scholarship for four years.

These scholarships are awarded based upon academic credentials and are renewable provided the student remains in good academic standing.

Culver-Stockton College is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12-plus-3 semester calendar, where the typical 15-week semester is divided into a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

Fleming Island’s Thomas on Shenandoah’s Dean’s List

WINCHESTER, Va. – Gannon Thomas, a Musical Theatre major from Fleming Island earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher at Shenandoah University in the fall 2019 semester. Gannon is one of 893 students that earned Dean's List honors in the fall 2019 semester.

Shenandoah University was established in 1875, and is headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, with additional educational sites in Clarke, Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

Orange Park’s Larson on Dean’s List at College of Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Orange Park’s Baileigh Larson was named to the College of Charleston fall 2019 Dean's List. Larson is a Public Health major.

To quality for Dean's List, students must earn a GPA of 3.600 or higher and complete a minimum of 14 semester hours.

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation's top universities for quality education, student life and affordability.

Northeastern selects Fleming Island’s Solomon to Dean’s List

BOSTON – Northeastern University is pleased to recognize those students who distinguish themselves academically during the course of the school year. Fleming Island’s Erin Solomon, a Northeastern University student majoring in comm studies/theatre, was recently named to the University’s Dean’s List for the fall semester, which ended in December 2019.

To achieve the dean’s list distinction, students must carry a full program of at least four courses, have a quality point average of 3.5 or greater out of a possible 4.0 and carry no single grade lower than a C- during the course of their college career. Each student receives a letter of commendation and congratulation from their college dean.

OP’s Spencer makes President’s List at Mount St. Mary’s

EMMITSBURG, Md. – Megan Spencer of Orange Park was named to the President's List for the fall 2019 semester at Mount. St. Mary's University. She achieved a 4.0 grade point average.

Mount St. Mary's University is a private, liberal arts, Catholic university in the Catoctin Mountains near historic Emmitsburg, Maryland, with a satellite campus in Frederick, Maryland's second largest city.

Clay County Cruzers make scholarships available

CLAY COUNTY – Graduating seniors are eligible and encouraged to apply for a $1,500 CCC Scholarship. Applicants must be graduating from the Clay County School System. Students are eligible if they are going to attend any post-secondary program of study including colleges, universities or vocational/technical schools.

Applicants are requested to write an essay of approximately 150 words and complete a short application form. Scholarship applications must be received by Clay County Cruzers on or before the application deadline of March 31.

The scholarship documents will be provided to each high school guidance office. The instructions and application form provide all relevant information a student needs to apply. These forms are also available on the Clay County Cruzers website at:

Selected candidates may be asked to attend a Clay County Cruzer meeting to introduce themselves and describe their plans.

Applications and essays should be mailed to: Clay County Cruzers, PO Box 65691-9998, Orange Park, 32065-9998.

Each applicant will be notified once their application is received. The winner will be announced in May 2020.


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