Chancellor's Students of the Month for 2016 

In 1984, Clark Maxwell served as the founding Executive Director for the Florida College System. He led the state’s 28 community colleges until his retirement in 1997. In his honor, The Florida College System created a scholarship fund to assist students attending one of Florida’s colleges with tuition, fees and books. The Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month recognizes outstanding students in the Florida College System who demonstrate leadership skills, academic success and/or commitment to community service. Students are recognized monthly by the Florida College System Chancellor with a $150 scholarship, certificate, and highlighted in the newsletter


In order to be considered for the Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month award, students must be nominated by the Florida College System institution they attend. Nominators must complete and submit the Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month Nomination Form (Word, 771KB) to Nominations may be submitted at any time by college staff, administrators or faculty members.

December 2016


Troy Ohler

Troy Ohler will graduate with his Associate in Science degree in Computer Information Technology in May and will then enroll in the Bachelor's degree program in Cyber Security at Indian River State College.

Troy's career as an electrical foreman was cut short when he was in a motorcycle accident. Due to his injuries, he was faced with the challenge of preparing for a new career while wheelchair bound. He enrolled in classes full-time and earned a GPA of 3.83; he was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society as a result of his academic achievement. He is looking forward to a new career in information technology and cyber security and says, "The education I'm receiving at IRSC is helping me become self-sufficient again." 

Troy was recognized by Commissioner Pam Stewart and Chancellor Madeline Pumariega at the State Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. 

November 2016


Desirae Binney

Desirae Binney is completing her Associates in Arts degree with an emphasis in STEM courses at Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC).

Desirae was accepted into the dental assisting program at PHSC before finding her passion in aerospace. This interest was born out of NASA's Community College Aerospace Scholar program, or NCAS. Desirae received a scholarship to participate in the five-week online course. Not only did she learn more about NASA's operations during the five weeks, but she also planned a robotic rover mission to Mars.

After she completed the course, she was selected as one of the students to attend a workshop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral due to her success in the program. The workshop, held at the end of October, was an opportunity for her to gain hands-on experience in the work and details that go into planning the missions to space.

Upon obtaining her AA degree at PHSC, Desirae plans to study aerospace engineering or astrophysics at the university level. Haley Hall has been selected as the Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month for August.

November 2016

  Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Student of the Month for November, Desirae Binney

Desirae Binney

Desirae Binney has been selected as the Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month for November.

October 2016

  Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Student of the Month for October, Srebrina Bangova

Srebrina Bangova

Srebrina Bangova has been selected as the Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month for October.

Srebrina is pursing an Associates in Arts degree at St. Petersburg College (SPC) and plans to pursue a career in engineering. Born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, Srebrina speaks and writes in multiple languages.

An honors student, she has demonstrated high academic standing with a perfect 4.0 GPA and as a committed and involved member of SPC's Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. She also serves as a campus representative to the Honors Student Consortium on campus.

Along with her commitment to her education and her extracurricular responsibilities, Srebrina also works in SPC's College Accessibility department, where she serves and assists students who may need help to succeed.

September 2016

 Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Student of the Month for August, Haley Hall

Haley Hall

Haley Hall has been selected as the Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month for August.

Haley is a student at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) pursuing an Associate in Arts degree.

Since starting at TCC, Haley has been a part of their Connect2Complete Peer Leader program which offers students an opportunity to mentor and support their fellow students through the transition into college. Her first semester with the program she ensured students in the class she worked with were aware of the many resources TCC offers to help students succeed. In her next semester with the program, she worked as a peer leader for the college's Student Leadership, Involvement and Civic Engagement (SLICE) office. When her semester was up, the SLICE office offered her a paid part-time program position. In this position, she helped coordinate the Peer Leader program itself, along with on-campus service projects. Now Haley assists with leadership training, new student orientation, and much more.

Even with these commitments, Haley still finds time to volunteer as the student representative on multiple standing committees and for the coordination, set-up and tear-down of special events, like TCC'S MLK Day of Service.

When Haley graduates with her AA this fall, she plans to enroll in a bachelor's degree program for exercise science, and she will be the first in her immediate family to graduate college.

August 2016

  Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Student of the Month for August, Angelica Argueta

Angelica Argueta

Angelica Argueta has been selected as the Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month for August.

Angelica is a recent graduate and employee at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) who studied to become a registered nurse. At FSCJ she works with the Foreign Language Lab as a tutor. She assists students in subjects such as Spanish and French and with meeting their required lab time. She is also a leader in the Foreign Language Lab as she mentor and assists other tutors on how to help their students successfully reach their potential.

Angelica is also an active member in her community. She volunteers at a variety of local outlets in need, such as a free clinic, the YMCA rehab center, a community for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, a nursing home and an elementary school.

The Student of the Month receives a $150 scholarship from the Florida College System Foundation and is featured on the FCS website and social media accounts. Visit our website for more information and to find the nomination form (Word, 47KB).

July 2016

  Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Student of the Month for July, Alejandro Silva

                Alejandro Silva

Alejandro Silva has been selected as the Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month for July.

Alejandro is pursuing an associates in arts degree in a pathway program to Mass Communications at Miami Dade College. He dedicates most of his free time to serving his campus and his community. He is most passionate about serving the North Campus Food Pantry for Students, and by advocating for greater awareness about the hardships food-insecure students face, Alejandro has helped bring 100 pounds of food donations to the North Campus Food Pantry.

He contributes more than 250 community service hours in an academic year, and his efforts haven't gone unrecognized. Alejandro was a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award at the Gold Level for his commitment to service.

When Alejandro isn't volunteering, he's a leader on campus. Miami Dade College's Marketing and Communications Association held a Mix and Mingle featuring specialists from career fields ranging from medicine to film production to education. The event, coordinated and led by Alejandro, brought together a panel of professionals in order to share their unique experiences and career advice with students. He also led a networking session in an effort to offer students a valuable connection on their career pathways.

June 2016

  Jamie Weaver

                  Jamie Weaver

Jamie Weaver is Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month for June.

Jamie is a Health Information Technology student working toward an Associate of Science degree from Florida Gateway College (FGC). Jamie is an active leader on her campus and in her community. She serves FGC as the Legislative Liaison for the Student Government Association and represents her fellow students on several campus committees including Campus Appeals Board, Facilities Committee, Financial Aid Committee and Textbook Committee.

Jamie also finds time to dedicate herself to helping her community by volunteering for causes she cares about, such as the Girl Scouts, a local soup kitchen, and the Salvation Army. She also launched an initiative to collect over 150 blankets and jackets for the homeless in her community.

Jamie's greatest commitment and most important role, however, is that of a single mom to her daughter, Lexi, and a care-giver to her aging parents. Jamie is able to balance leadership positions and duties, volunteering, and hardest of all, motherhood, while still achieving academic excellence at Florida Gateway College.

May 2016

  Pedro Borba

Pedro Borba

Pedro Borba has been selected as this month's Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month.
Pedro is pursuing an Associate of Science degree in Electrical Power Technology at Palm Beach State College (PBSC). Pedro secured an internship with Sikorsky Development Flight Center as an Instrumentation intern which has allowed him to put many of the skills he has acquired through his academic program into practice. His excellent performance during his time there resulted in a full-time position at the Center at the conclusion of his internship.

He earned a 4.0 GPA during both semesters of his internship while being a full-time student. Pedro was asked to be a supplemental instructor for one of the program courses. In this role he assisted fellow students with exercises and tutoring on course content throughout the semester. In addition to his formal role, he has volunteered his personal time to hold informal tutoring sessions on Saturdays.

Pedro came to the United States from Brazil in 2006 near the end of his high school career. He credits his current success to his experience at PBSC. His future academic goals include continuing his education by pursuing a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and one day becoming a flight technician or instrument engineer.

April 2016

  Shariar 'Shawn' Zamani

Shariar "Shawn" Zamani

Shahriar "Shawn" Zamani from Hillsborough Community College (HCC) has been selected as the Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month!
Shawn is a part of HCC's Honors Institute pursing his Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and is graduating later this year. He stands as an Ambassador for the Honors Institute and the President of Phi Beta Lambda, a student organization that focuses on fostering an ideology of service, scholarship and professionalism. Shawn has certainly proved his dedication to all three. He works as a certified undergraduate tutor, and in his free time he volunteers in the pharmacy at Florida Hospital and offers tax consultations through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistant program. He's also committed time to organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger.

Shawn's hard work and dedication has received well-deserved recognition. He was recently named a part of Phi Theta Kappa's 2016 All-Florida Academic Team, which selects students based on their high academic standing, their dedication to service and their leadership roles. Even more recently, Shawn was one of three students selected from Florida, and one out of only 20 chosen nationally, to be a part of Phi Theta Kappa's 2016 All-USA Community College Academic Team.

Shawn plans to continue his education with a degree in Public Health, and then hopes to continue on to medical school.

March 2016

  Brittany Hockey

Brittany Hockey

Brittany Hockey from Pensacola State College (PSC) is the Chancellor's Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month. Brittany is an honors student pursing an Associate of Arts Degree in Social Work at PSC, and she has dedicated much of her college career to serving others, especially military personnel and veterans.

To date, Brittany has completed more than 545 hours of volunteer activities. Some of these service hours include tutoring active duty military students at PSC, volunteering at the Fisher House Foundation, co-organizing for the Naval Air Station Pensacola Children's and Community holiday parties, and organizing volunteer events as the Phi Theta Kappa Vice-President of Leadership.

Brittany is also passionate about how leadership can make an impact at her school and in her community. Brittany stands as the Student Government Association (SGA) Volunteer Committee Co-Chair, helping to coordinate events such as the Manna Food Drives, Day of Caring with United Way, the Movies and Board Game Drive for Sacred Heart Hospital and PSC's Day of Caring at Solaris Healthcare. She's also attended several leadership seminars, including SGA Regional Leadership at Tallahassee Community College and Student Veterans Association National Conference Leadership and Engagement workshops, in an effort to expand her influential finesse. Despite her numerous commitments, Brittany still finds time to research the bee population in surrounding counties, and she has maintained a 3.92 GPA.

"With her leadership skills and giving heart, Brittany inspires and unites others in her causes," said PSC Marketing Director, Sheila Nichols.
She plans to use her service and leadership experiences and skills as she pursues a career in social work, hoping to specialize in aiding active duty military personnel and veterans.

February 2016

  Sean Bennett

Sean Bennett

Chancellor Pumariega has selected Sean Bennett from Indian River State College as the Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month. Sean Bennett’s career with IRSC began when he was a high school student. He dual-enrolled at the college in order to receive his Associate’s degree in Medical Lab Technology by 2015.

Now, he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology to achieve his dream of attending medical school and becoming an emergency room doctor. His hard work and academic strides have not gone without recognition. He was acknowledged by Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, an exclusive honor conferred by universities and colleges nationwide. Bennett also won a scholarship for 2014-2015 from Siemens-ASCP for Laboratory Professionals. This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence and promise in laboratory medicine.

Bennett has certainly shown dedication in the field. Since 2015, he has worked full time at the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, the area’s premier Level II Trauma Center, as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. His service to the community does not end there. On campus, Bennett serves as the Vice President for both the Take Stock in Children and Medical Laboratory Technology Clubs. He is also involved in his church community, volunteering as the Youth Leadership Counselor and the Church Radio Operations Manager, along with continuing his efforts to start an Adventist Campus Ministry at IRSC.
With his service and leadership on campus and in the community, and his academic successes, Sean Bennett exemplifies the qualities deserving of the Clark Maxwell Scholar Student of the Month.

January 2016

  Austin Albro

Austin Albro

Austin Albro is the first recipient of the Chancellor’s Clark Maxwell Jr. Scholar Student of the Month award. Austin is a senior honors student at Daytona State College pursuing his Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Marketing. Throughout his college career, Austin has demonstrated exemplary leadership, academic success, and service to his community. His greatest role on campus is serving as president of the Student Government Association. "He embraces diversity and views change as an opportunity for growth, contributing to one of the most active and inviting atmospheres the association has seen," said Bruce Cook, Assistant Dean at Daytona State. "As SGA president Austin keeps in contact with all student organizations, as well as the athletic teams, and meets regularly with Daytona State’s administrators."  

He has been recognized on campus for starting “Talk About it Tuesday” in the college’s courtyard. The informal weekly gatherings encourage productive conversations and dialogues among students on campus. Austin is not only nourishing a healthy environment on campus. In his free time, he participates in a variety of engaging community service programs in the Daytona area. He has been involved in food and clothing drives, support and recognition activities for veterans, and culturally enriching events throughout the city. He has actively worked with organizations like the Easter Seals, One Voice Volusia, and the 4 The Kids Foundation. Earlier this month, Austin moderated Daytona State’s Student Homelessness Summit, which hosted local agencies, non-profits, and former students as guest speakers.

Austin received a scholarship of a $150 for his outstanding work both on and off campus. Throughout his scholastic career, and despite his numerous commitments, Austin Albro has maintained his honors GPA. He is expecting to graduate in May of 2016 and truly believes that you can achieve anything with hard work and a positive attitude. Austin finds enrichment through encouraging and empowering others to strive to be the best versions of themselves.

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