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August 2019 Check Presentation

Monday, September 9, 2019

Winter Haven, Fla. Aug. 26, 2019. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

At the August 2019 District Board of Trustees meeting, the family and friends of Jesse Stine were honored for what could prove to be a lifesaving gift in perpetuityThe Jesse Stine Memorial Scholarship for Future Paramedics was established in tribute to the memory of a bright shining star. Despite health challenges of his own, Jesse excelled in the Polk State College EMT and Paramedic programs straight out of high schoolAfter graduating at just 20 years of age and passing the Board examination on the first attempt, Jesse worked briefly for Americare and shortly thereafter was hired and quickly became highly respected in Manatee County EMS, receiving a Rookie of the Year accolade, as well as a promotion to Charge Paramedic. His friendly disposition was contagious, and he was well liked by all who crossed paths with him. Unfortunately, Jesse passed away all too young at 24 years of age 

Jesse’s grandparents, Victoria and Matthew Bodaj, have worked tirelessly to raise $23,587 from fellow family members, friends, colleagues and former professors and classmates to establish this significant scholarship that will forever honor their grandson’s memory in a meaningful wayBrent Parrish, representing the Polk State College Foundation Board, expressed heartfelt gratitude to Mr. And Mrs. Bodaj as they were recognized for this gift that will help fulfill the dreams of future paramedics and ultimately help to save livesPolk State students will benefit from the Bodaj’s personal donations of $10,550, in addition those secured in Jesse’s memory, and the community will forever be positively impacted by these gifts of time, talent and treasure.