IPS student awarded college scholarship

This week, Inverness Primary School fifth-grade student Helen Fuerte received some unexpected news -- she earned her first college scholarship.

Citrus Memorial Health System’s Chief Nursing Officer, Linda McCarthy, made the announcement during the school’s fifth grade graduation ceremony.

McCarthy spoke to the class about the importance of education and the valuable asset that exists in Citrus County with the College of Central Florida and the criteria students must meet to receive a STEPS scholarship.

STEPS, an acronym for Scholarships Taking Elementary Promising Students, is a unique investment in higher education in that it awards a college scholarship to an elementary school student.

Helen will receive a $4,000 scholarship to cover tuition and fees at the College of Central Florida, so long as she graduates from high school having remained drug and crime free, and demonstrating continued academic achievement.