Dr. George and Sally Spears Scholarship

To be eligible, a student must:

1). Be enrolled full-time (9+ semester hours for health science programs and 12+ semester hours for non-health science programs) at the State College of Florida at the time of the award.
2). Earn a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.
3). Complete the FASFA form and indicate financial need.
4). Pursue an AA or BA degree.
5). Be considered a Florida resident for tuition purposes.
6). Be enrolled in extracurricular activities on or off campus.
7). Provide two letters of recommendation with the application.
8). Participate in an online donor meeting or in-person scholarship luncheon on November 2nd, 2022.
9). Write a thank you letter within one week of receiving this email notification to the {{ portfolio.name }} selection committee.
10). Update any change of address and/or telephone number as soon as possible by logging on to the SCFF scholarship system and altering the general application.

Maury Kolchakian didn’t think he was going to attend college, but when his high school counselor let him know of a Manatee Junior College scholarship given to him as the President of INTERACT club, he figured he had to attend. Fast forward to 2016, Mr. Kolchakian says that attending MJC was the best thing he ever did. Diana (then Keyser) and he met in class, and later on met Dr. George and Sally Spears, for whom this scholarship is named. “Dr. & Mrs. Spears were very generous and sincerely wanted to help young people. Dr. Spears had a passion for helping students who had the desire to learn from his wisdom. Diana and I were like “family” and we named our son in their honor (Griffin Spears Kolchakian).” Dr. Spears was the Dean of English, and was the chair of the Philosophy department at Manatee Junior College. He passed away in February of 1992. Maury and Diana Kolchakian want to emulate Dr. Spears’s inspiration and encouragement to students today by awarding scholarships to deserving students.

1 - $1,500 award per year
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload your first letter of reference in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
  2. Please upload your second letter of reference in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.