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Homeowners group gives to scholarship

© St. Petersburg Times
published May 19, 2002

NORTH TAMPA -- Chamberlain High School's new Advanced Placement Scholars program (CAPS) just got a boost from the Carrollwood Village Homeowners Association in the form of a yearly $1,000 college scholarship.

Association President Richard Woltmann presented the award to Principal Pam Peralta at Friday's annual Awards and Scholarship Presentation.

"This is the first time we've given an award like this," Woltmann said. "We want to show our support for academic excellence at our high school. We feel this is the kind of program that will attract kids who would otherwise go to IB (International Baccalaureate program) or a magnet school."

CAPS is a rigorous academic program offering a choice of close to 20 advanced placement (AP) classes. Students can pump up their GPA's by an additional 0.08 for each AP class they pass. Colleges also look for AP credits as proof of a student's ability to do college-level work, sometimes granting credit for the classes.

Students will be able to apply for the scholarship annually starting with the 2002-2003 school year, when CAPS formally kicks off.

"Everyone's property values are affected by the quality of the school," Woltmann said, "so we feel we're contributing to a better neighborhood."


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