Stand in the shoes of a high school senior today. Competition is tough and only select high school seniors earn what they need to cover college expenses.
Christopher Keith, in his sophomore year at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, was able to fill the financial gap when he was awarded a College Fund of Pinellas scholarship.
Chris graduated from Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, ranking high in academics. He was a star player on both the football and wrestling teams. Determined to go to college, Chris also worked 40 hours a week at McDonald’s to earn what he needed for his future.
Yet, it is in Chris’ personal life that he excels. He is the second child of four siblings raised by a single mother. His older brother has cerebral palsy, his younger brother is autistic, and he is very protective of his much younger sister. Chris’ mother works full time at Duke Energy, so it is often his responsibility to care for his siblings.
When asked what drives him to achieve, Chris said, “I decided a long time ago that it is my responsibility to take care of my family.”
Thanks to PCF donor support, the College Fund of Pinellas is able to help Chris afford college by filling the financial gap. The College Fund of Pinellas grants scholarships to Pinellas County high school graduates, and it is one of the first Pinellas Community Foundation grant recipients.