Volume 4 Number 33
August 17, 2007

RESOLUTION OF THE GOVERNOR AND CABINET TO SOLDIERS TO SCHOLARS

WHEREAS, the Soldiers to Scholars program was established in 1996 by Dr. Alzo Reddick as a mechanism to encourage U.S. military veterans to further their post-secondary education and pursue second careers as teachers and nurses in Florida; and

WHEREAS, by volunteering 5 hours a week to mentor at risk children in inner-city areas, Soldiers to Scholars participants that live in designated housing can receive up to 100% of the tuition, books and required supplies at either a community college in the Orlando area or at the University of Central Florida; and



WHEREAS
, the Soldiers to Scholars participants live in inner-city housing, making them visible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve as mentors and role models to vulnerable children while instilling valuable principals of moral strength, self-discipline, responsibility and integrity; and

WHEREAS, military retirees, separating active duty personnel, and current drill members of the reserve are discovering new and rewarding careers in teaching and nursing, thus enriching the quality of Florida’s education by placing mature, motivated, experienced and dedicated personnel in our classrooms; and

WHEREAS, working in tandem with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, and the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) University Relations Division, the College of Education, and the College of Health, the Soldiers to Scholars program pays 100% of tuition and provides a housing allowance for individuals living in approved housing while they are earning a bachelor’s degree in instructional education or nursing; and

WHEREAS
, the program has been successful in producing quality educators in high demand areas — more men and minorities with experience beneficial to successful teaching in mathematics, science, special education and health care related fields who desire to give back in economically disadvantaged urban and rural schools and communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED
that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby recognize the

SOLDIERS TO SCHOLARS

program in Florida and encourage other universities and community colleges to implement similar programs across the state.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do express their appreciation to all active and non-active personnel in our armed forces for their sacrifices.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida have hereunto subscribed their names and have caused the Official Seal of the State of Florida to be hereunto affixed in the City of Tallahassee on this 14th day of August, 2007.