Wednesday students at Chipola College traded an afternoon of classes and school work for free food and pricey door prizes at this years fall festival.
Students celebrated their fall festival sponsored by the Florida Lottery Bright Futures Program. Florida Lottery Deputy Secretary, David Bishop, says the lottery provides far more to these college students than just a day out of school, "Since the program started 16 years ago, we've sent 650,000 kids to college on Bright Future Scholarships all across the state. About 6,000 of those students come to Chipola so we are here today to celebrate these students academic achievement and to congratulate them for a job well done and wish them good luck on their educational career."
Chipola's Student Government Association hosted the Bright Future Scholarship recipients. The festival celebrated the lottery's 25 years of supporting education in Florida. Students took advantage of door prizes loaded with gas cards, cash, gift cards and more. They also let off school stress by playing in inflatable games. Over eight million dollars have been awarded to students attending Chipola College. SGA President Tatum Skipper is one of the students benefiting from the Bright Future Scholarship, "College is so expensive so every little bit helps with the scholarships and everything. I don't have to worry about what is going to be paid for you know. It really has made it a lot easier. You could just come."
Since the Florida Lottery has contributed to student education, they have donated over 3.9 billion dollars to college students. Chipola College is already looking forward to planning next years fall festival.