Kimber Spann is this yearâ€™s recipient of the David Toner Scholarship.
This scholarship goes to a St. Johns County senior who plans to attend Florida State University. Spann graduated from St. Augustine High School with a 3.9 GPA and an A.A. degree from St. Johns River State College. While at FSU, Spann plans to study medical research. She says that her freshman biology class captivated her more than anything ever had and shortly after, she decided to become a medical scientist. She feels FSU will offer her the unique opportunity to gain an appreciation and understanding of research as a craft and develop skills that will help her in her future educational and professional pursuits.
Spann, who placed in the top five percent of her graduating class, was able to maintain a schedule of highly rigorous academic classes while amassing more than 150 volunteer hours at Flagler Hospital. She plays both the cello and piano, participated in the string ensemble and was an active member of the Interact Club and the French Club.
Candidates prepared a single-page essay that described why they would like to attend FSU and the type of career they plan to pursue upon completion of their post-secondary education. All applicants were evaluated on the basis of their grade point average, essay, and community and school involvement. Applicants must also have demonstrated the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
Spann is the daughter of Kerry Spann-Caride of St. Augustine.Â The David Toner Scholarship program is coordinated by the St. Johns County Education Foundation