Chipola College receives check for $9.8 million

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MARIANNA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -- With the slightly cooler temperatures last Thursday morning, it was the perfect day for the annual Fall Festival at Chipola College.

Students got out of class for a few hours to take part in relays and a hot dog lunch.

Some of the games included mattress racing, tug-of-war and a potato sack race.

The Florida Lottery was also there, giving away prizes, while representatives from FSU and Troy University handed out information about what each university offers.

"Most of the time, the competition is between different student organizations like SGA, Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Lamba, Science Club, those kinds of things," Chipola College President Sarah Clemmons said. "The students just have a great time."

After the relays were over, the Florida Lottery presented Chipola College with a check for $9.8 million dollars to go toward Bright Futures scholarships.

"They just recently won gold college status and they're number one in the state," Florida Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell said. "That is a signal accomplishment for any college and everybody in this area should be very proud of Chipola."

Poppell said about 6,800 Chipola College students have been Bright Futures recipients throughout the years.