Tervis Donates $10,000 for Gator Den at SCF

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Tervis has donated $10,000 to the State College of Florida Foundation (SCFF) to update technology at the Gator Den at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Venice. In addition, the Tervis Scholarship, a $25,000 endowed scholarship, has been set up to assist girls who graduate from Booker High School and are accepted into Gator Engineering at SCF. The scholarship is designed to encourage more young women to study engineering.

The $10,000 grant was used to provide technology that makes connections easier between Gator Engineering classrooms and the University of Florida (UF) Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. SCF has been chosen by UF as one of only two extension sites in Florida for Gator Engineering. Gator Engineering at SCF includes live-learn-work experiences, including co-ops, internships and job shadowing with local companies. The collaboration creates an innovative and technologically-ready engineering workforce available to employers in Manatee and Sarasota counties. By starting their education and internships locally, UF graduates are expected to return to embark on their careers.

Tervis, a privately owned company headquartered in North Venice, Florida has been operating for more than 70 years. It employs about 600 people, including engineers. The company recently hosted a tour with Gator Engineering students to offer them insights into the manufacturing industry. Two lead engineers at Tervis talked to the students about their careers.

For information about Gator Engineering at SCF, contact Heather Shehorn at ShehorH@SCF.edu or 941-408-1416. For information on setting up grants and scholarships for one of SCF’s programs or capital campaigns, contact Barbara Bourgoin at BourgoB@SCF.edu or 941-752-5398.

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