$15,000 Scholarship Won By Micaela Lowman
CLEWISTON, FL. -- Micaela Lowman of Clewiston has been awarded one of three Governor's Recognition Scholarships by Superintendent Richard Murphy at a recent Hendry County School Board Meeting.
Micaela, a seventh grader at Clewiston Middle School, received a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
Valued at approximately $15,000, the Florida Prepaid scholarship covers four years of tuition and local fees at a Florida College of Micaela's choosing. The Governor's Recognition Scholarship initiative began in 2006, using private donations, with the goal of providing a college scholarship to at least one child in each county in the state. It is granted annually to middle school students who compose outstanding essays on the legacy of a past Florida governor.
This year, seventh and eighth grade students in select counties were challenged with the prompt: "Choose one former governor of Florida and describe his most significant impact on the Sunshine State and your life today."
Micaela writes about Governor Lawton Chiles and his impact on class sizes in the state's education system. She notes that although the initiative was controversial, it has "made it easier for [her] to get one-on-one help on a particular subject from [her] teachers."
Micaela credits the Governor for creating an environment in which there are fewer distractions to divert attention away from students trying to learn. She says, "If he were alive today, I would say 'thank you' for recognizing the importance of restricting class sizes and seeing through all the criticism to what really matters the youth of the State of Florida."