ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Saint Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster promised four-year scholarships to 62 sixth-graders Thursday.
The Doorways College Scholarship Program agreement has been in place for ten years. The students signed the documents in front of parents and friends at the Coliseum in Saint Petersburg, promising to get good grades, stay drug- and crime-free and have a mentor.
Foster said, "These kids are the future of the city, of our country and we're finally rewarding and celebrating really good, motivated kids with parents who are motivated as well."
Sixth-grader Jervon Newton and his brother Jerquan are both getting scholarships. They came to the ceremony with their family.
Jervon said he's thankful to be able to go to college. "I want to go to college so I can learn more and get a good education and a job," said Jervon, who wants to head to Auburn University.
Jerquan wants to attend the University of Florida.
Overall, more than 1,000 scholarships have been awarded through the program and the Mayor says the trend will continue into the future.