Garnett and Gold Scholar Society inducts Ponte Vedra’s Slade, St. Augustine’s Hale


Florida State University welcomed 236 new inductees, including Beth Slade of Ponte Vedra High and Margaret Hale of St. Augustine, into its Garnet and Gold Scholar Society this spring. 

Established in 2010, the society facilitates student involvement and recognizes undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, internship, leadership, research and service. 

The induction ceremony was held virtually this spring due to COVID-19. 

“We are proud to welcome this new group of inductees to the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society,” said Amy Hecht, vice president for student affairs. “They are a wonderful representation of the university, and we are pleased to give them recognition for their involvement bettering the campus and community.” 

Slade studied theater; Hale studied nursing. 

To become an inductee of the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society, students must meet the engagement criteria and submit a synthesis reflection project in their final semester before graduation. Participants are recognized during graduation and receive a designation on their official university transcript, both of which make the students more marketable to potential employers or graduate programs. 

“As Garnet and Gold Scholars, your achievement speaks to your desire to make the most of your Florida State education and reflects well on the values of this university,” said President John Thrasher. “You have set a shining example for your fellow students and for all those who will follow in your footsteps. I am so proud of you.” 


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