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Three teens from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties receive full-ride scholarships to Duquesne University

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3 Teens who received full-ride scholarships to Duquesne University
Scholarship recipients Raven Gibson (left), Antonia Allen and Leonela Tase Sueiro with Drs. Patricia and Robert Gussin

On March 13, Drs. Robert and Patricia Gussin awarded full-ride college scholarships to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh to three outstanding high school seniors at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. Congratulations to the new class of Drs. Robert and Patricia Gussin Endowed Scholars at Duquesne University including:

  • Antonia Allen, a Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club member and senior at Booker High School who will be studying biomedical engineering;
  • Raven Gibson, a Club member at the Newtown Estates Park Boys & Girls Club and senior at Booker High School who dreams of becoming a nurse; and
  • Leonela Tase Sueiro, a Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club member and senior at Riverview High School who was recently named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties's 2019 Youth of the Year and aspires to be a doctor.

Drs. Gussin began opening the door to help thousands of local Boys & Girls Club members achieve their full potential in 2011 when Robert joined the organization's Board of Directors. Since then, Drs. Gussin have made a significant impact and supported major initiatives and programs, especially academic and literacy enrichment opportunities for youth. Drs. Gussin took their commitment to the academic success of our Club members even further in 2014, and established the Drs. Robert and Patricia Gussin Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Endowed Scholarship at Duquesne University that provides a full-ride scholarship with educational support to at least one of our Club members each year.

"Thanks to the Gussins and our partnership with Duquesne University, these Club members were afforded an opportunity beyond their wildest dreams," said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. "This life-changing scholarship eliminates the challenges of financing higher education at a premier university."

The three scholarship recipients will join seven other Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties alumni at Duquesne University this coming school year. They will begin this exciting chapter in their life through Duquesne's Robert and Patricia Gussin Spiritan Division of Academic Programs, an invitational summer course for freshman. The Division provides students with a comprehensive network of programs and services to help them develop the academic and social skills required in higher education to be successful learners within their chosen programs of study.

Watch the video below to see how these Club members reacted when they learned they were selected for the full-ride scholarship.

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