NFC Connections Winter 2020 - Page 11

Initially students are selected from a lottery system. To be eligible, students must be entering 9th grade, have a cumulative unweighted 3.0 GPA in at least one academic high school course taken as an 8th grader, and have a level 3, 4 or 5 on the eighth grade Florida Standards Assessment for English Language Arts. To remain in the program, Sentinel Scholars must have acceptable college- ready test scores on the PERT, ACT or SAT, and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher at both the high school and college level. According to Jennifer Page, NFC Dean of Academic Affairs, the program also encourages Sentinel Scholars to be role models to fellow students and those looking to enter the program. “A major focus of the Collegiate Academy is to provide opportunities for students to excel, build confidence, and become strong student leaders at their high school, on our campus, and ultimately in their community,” said Page. “Starting our pilot program in Suwannee County has been a great experience. We appreciate all the work and dedication that has gone into starting our first cohort of Sentinel Scholars.” NFC hopes to expand this program within its six-county service district with the Suwannee County pilot program as a guide for best practices. Suwannee High School students, left to right, Hunter Joyner, Lesly Cortes, Laura Watson, Michael Williams, Adjahnae Williams, Gracie Clements, Chyann Thompson and Logan Lloyd. Cayla Anastasio is not pictured. W I N T E R 2 0 2 0 | CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE 9