Monday, March 2, 2009

FAMU Kicks Off Second Annual President’s Tour: FAMU Up Close and Personal

Florida A&M University (FAMU) President James H. Ammons will kick off his Second Annual President’s Tour beginning March 12 through March 14 in an effort to boost the university’s enrollment. Ammons will meet with students, parents, business executives and alumni in the Gainesville and south Florida areas as he works to continue building enrollment. This is a shortened tour in light of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) team campus visit. The team visit is a part of FAMU’s reaffirmation of accreditation process.

The President’s Tour is sponsored by Coca-Cola and NASCAR.

Two receptions have been planned. The first is in Gainesville at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 120 SE Williston Road, Gainesville, Fla. on Thursday, March 12, at 6 p.m. The second is scheduled for Friday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel located at 1617 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Additionally, the university will make a stop at Palm Beach Lakes High School.

High school seniors and their parents are invited to attend. Scholarships will be award on the spot. To qualify, a student must be a National Achievement Semifinalist majoring in one of the following STEM programs: biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, or mathematics who has an 1100 (R&M) SAT score or 23 ACT. Other students who have at least a 3.5 GPA and scores of 1300 (R&M) SAT score or 29 ACT are also eligible. Recipients of this scholarship will also receive a stipend each semester for miscellaneous expenses and internship opportunities. FAMU will also offer a full scholarship called the Distinguished Scholar Award to students who have 1200 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT and a 3.5 GPA or better. Partial scholarships will be offered to incoming freshmen who have at least 1100 on the (R&M) SAT or 23 on the ACT and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

“During these dark and gloomy times, FAMU is on the road to reassure students and their families that education is key to realizing their dreams for bright futures,” said Ammons. “This tour is a personal reminder that college funding is available and that we are encouraging donors to support these students’ dreams.”

The FAMU Connection, the University’s recruitment/performing group, will provide entertainment. Several FAMU administrators, Presidential Ambassadors, members of the FAMU Royal Court, colleges and schools representatives and alumni will accompany President Ammons.

Last year, Ammons and a team of administrators, recruitment advisors, and students toured eight cities which included Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, Miami, Pensacola, Dothan, Ala., Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach and Sarasota.

For more information, contact Sharon P. Saunders at (850) 599-3413.

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