Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded the State College of Florida Foundation $10,000 for Gator Engineering at SCF and its Gator Den at SCF Venice. The Gator Den is a dedicated space for engineering students to study, collaborate and seek the guidance of an SCF advisor as needed.

Gator Engineering, a signature SCF Venice program, develops pathways for students to be admitted to the University of Florida’s (UF) Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering while starting their education at SCF. The students take their coursework at SCF until they complete their necessary math and science classes and then move to the UF campus to continue their engineering education. The program, with its smaller class sizes and supportive cohort of fellow students, offers advantages to ensure student success. As part of the concierge services, students receive dedicated support with an SCF advisor and access to UF departmental advisors.

The signature program wouldn’t be successful without community support. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s grant award allows SCF to help students excel in this rigorous coursework. The Gator Den includes real-time video conferencing space which allows for frequent access to UF resources.

To learn about additional opportunities to support SCF’s signature programs, visit or contact Barbara Bourgoin at or 941-752-5398.