Adult Learner Scholarships

Scholarship funds provide opportunities for students - traditional and adult learners - along the West Coast of Florida to attend any accredited college, university or technical school. These funds are diverse, fulfilling the wishes of donors, both living and deceased, who want to provide needed financial support to promising scholars.

The Community Foundation considers adult learners to be students who are 24 years of age or older by December 31, 2017. Scholarships are not restricted to four-year universities; we consider higher education to be college, vocational or technical school, accredited courses of study for cosmetology, health care, etc.  You are eligible for the foundation’s adult learner scholarship program if you are currently attending or enrolling in an accredited college or vocational school, are a current resident of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, or DeSoto County, and will be 24 years of age or older by December 31, 2017.

Adult Learner Scholarships - Available Now

2017 - 2018 CFSC Renewal Application - (Due: July. 09, 2017) - Apply Here Today

  • Special Note: This application is only available to students who 1.) received a multi-year renewable scholarship last year and 2.) are eligible to renew that award for this year.  *No other students should apply using this form as all ineligible applications will be automatically denied.

Adult Learner Online Application Tips

  • READ the introduction page and all instructions. This may seem time consuming but it will make filling out the application easier and more efficient. 
  • A question mark icon is to the right of the field on some questions to help clarify. 
  • The email you use for your login will be the email we will use to contact you if necessary. 
  • The application can be saved and returned to at any time so that you do not have to fill it out the entire application in one sitting. 
  • Be sure to note your login (email) and password so that you may return to your application in the future. 
  • Make sure all supporting documents are uploaded. 
  • If you have any questions, concerns, problems, or need help navigating the online application, you may contact the Scholarship Department at (941) 556-7150 or by email at scholarships@cfsarasota.org.

Supporting Documents

You can get started on your application now by collecting the required documentation. The attachments will be able to be uploaded as PDF versions within the online application. Please [click here] for a listing of the required documents.

  1. Official college transcript if you are now enrolled or have previously been enrolled within the last five years.
  2. Copy of student's resume.
  3. Student Aid Report. After submitting your completed FASFA, you will receive a S.A.R.. This is a very important document. 
  4. One letter of reference. Letter of reference should include: Name of letter writer; First and Last Name of the applicant whom the letter is written about; How long he/she has known the applicant and in what context; and a description of the applicant's character, achievements, and ability to set realistic and attainable goals.
  5. Copy of student's financial aid package or financial aid rejection letter. (if available)

Available Adult Learner Scholarships:

The AAUW Sarasota Branch Scholarship Fund

The American Association of University Women Sarasota Branch Scholarship Fund was established in 2000 to provide scholarships to residents of Sarasota County to attend a 4 year college or university. Preference is given to women returning to finish their education in order to re-enter the workplace.

The AAUW Sarasota Branch Elizabeth Parker Scholarship Fund

The American Association of University Women Sarasota Branch Elizabeth Parker Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 to provide scholarships to residents of Sarasota County to attend a 4 year college or university. Preference is given to women returning to finish their education in order to re-enter the workplace.

The ABWA Sunrise Chapter Scholarship Fund

The American Business Women’s Association Sunrise Chapter Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 for needy individuals to attend an accredited college or university. Applications will be open to any individual currently residing in Sarasota County.  Preference will be given to female students with financial need. Applicants must have a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA, be of good character, be pursuing a 4 year degree, and have a career goal related to their college or university studies.

The byourself Scholarship Fund

Established in 2002, the byourself Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships to adult learners, men or women, in Sarasota County pursuing an RN, LPN, or CNA.  Scholarships are for students accepted into the nursing programs at Manatee Community College or Sarasota County Technical Institute. The scholarship may be renewed if the student maintains a 2.8 GPA.  Financial need is the major criterion.

The Davis Educational Fund

The Davis Educational Fund offers scholarships to adult learners, men and women, who are residents of Sarasota County. It was established to help students obtain a college degree or vocational training to pursue a career in nursing or the medical field. A preference will be given to students who have been accepted into a health related program.  Recipients will be selected on the basis of their financial need and on their educational objectives that will lead to a career in the health care field.

The George W. and Ethel B. Hoefler Fund

Established in 2009, the George W. and Ethel B. Hoefler Fund is to provide scholarships for Sarasota County residents. Recipients will be selected on the basis of financial need and demonstrated aptitude and seriousness of purpose.

The Helen F. "Jerri" Rand Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Helen F. "Jerri" Rand Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 to provide scholarships for adult learners in Sarasota County to pursue a professional certificate in Hairdressing. Applicants must be accepted to any accredited beauty school in Sarasota County.

The Sarasota Bay Club Employee Scholarship Fund

Established in 2009, the Sarasota Bay Club Employee Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships for employees of the Sarasota Bay Club.

The Dorothy B. Templeton Scholarship Fund

Established in 2008, the Dorothy B. Templeton Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships for local students.

James Franklin & Dorothy J. Warnell Scholarship Fund

Established in 2003, the Warnell Scholarship is for residents of Sarasota County for post high school education.  This scholarship is for men and women and may be used for expenses incurred while attending school.  Financial need and carefully thought out educational objectives are the criteria.  If you are not eligible for any other scholarship listed, you may be eligible for this scholarship.

The Zonta Fund for Women

The Zonta Club of Sarasota, an international service organization of professional women, started the Zonta Fund for Women of the Community Foundation in 1991. The purpose of the Zonta Fund is to promote economic self-sufficiency for women in Sarasota County and provide economic opportunities for disadvantaged women in Sarasota County.  Through the Zonta Fund, grants and scholarships are provided so that women can get the training they need to start a business or develop the business that they already have.  Preference is given to women who have already demonstrated a commitment to realizing their goals.  Examples of help include: 1) Completion of educational or technical training that allows a woman to pursue a career 2) Acquisition of business equipment needed to improve a woman's competitive position or productive capacity.

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