The Community Foundation of Sarasota has collected a rich assortment of tools and resources from expert sources to help students successfully complete their scholarship applications and plan for their academic future.
Whether you are experienced with or new to our scholarship program, these resource links will refine your submission and clarify key aspects of the process to maximize your potential success.
College Success and Resource Center
In partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County, the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County is home to the Student Scholarship Management System (SSMS). Students can set an appointment to meet with a coach one-on-one to access this database of over 500 scholarship opportunities.
Education Foundation of Sarasota County
The website of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County offers a scholarship search feature called Launch Your Plan. Through this search students are able to identify scholarships for which they may desire to apply.
Manatee Community Foundation
Manatee Community Foundation awards scholarships to assist students from Manatee County in pursuing higher education at accredited colleges, universities, as well as Manatee Technical College.
William G. and Marie Selby Foundation
Through the "Selby Scholars" program renewable scholarships are awarded each year to students with financial need who exhibit the values of leadership and service in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, and Charlotte counties.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Gulf Coast Community Foundation awards scholarships to assist students from Sarasota and Charlotte counties, as well as Boca Grande in pursuing higher education at accredited postsecondary institutions (universities, two- and four-year colleges, and technical schools).
The Manasota Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH) offers scholarships for graduating high school seniors and current college students who are graduates of Sarasota and Manatee County high schools who have earned a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate leadership in their school and community.
Sunrise Scholars Foundation
The Sunrise Scholars Foundation’s mission is to provide free, comprehensive college counseling support to high-achieving underrepresented students in Florida. The goal is to graduate students from “best fit” universities with minimal debt. Current high school Juniors are welcome to apply.
CareerSource Suncoast offers the opportunity for students to apply for funding through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), which provides financial aid for individuals pursuing education and training for one of this area’s targeted occupations. Selected individuals may be eligible for tuition assistance through training scholarships which can include instructional costs, books, materials, uniforms/supplies, on-the-job training, vocational guidance, and career coaching.
The Sara De Soto Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
The Sara De Soto Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution offers scholarships to applicants that are permanent residents of or work in Sarasota or Manatee County, or are members of Chi Chi Okobee Chapter of C.A.R.
Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida
The Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida awards scholarships to both traditional and non-traditional students from Sarasota County pursuing higher education at accredited colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools.
Collier County Community Foundation
The Collier County Community Foundation offers the Frank and Ellen Daveler Educational Scholarship for high school seniors with an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher who reside in one of 20 counties in Florida, including Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte. Student are welcome to apply through the Collier Scholars Common Application to be considered for this opportunity.
The Sarasota-Manatee Section of the NCJW offers non-traditional scholarships to all students, male or female, who have or are about to return to school after a hiatus and need financial assistance to reach their educational and professional goals. To be considered, students must be enrolled either part-time or full-time.
Women’s Resource Center
Women’s Resource Center offers annual Education Scholarships to recognize, reward, and encourage female students who are pursuing a higher level of education to reach a realistic goal in preparation for employment, self-sufficiency and advancement in the community.
Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC)
The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) website lists a multitude of nursing-related scholarship opportunities for students in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Desoto counties.
Founders Garden Club of Sarasota
The Founders Garden Club of Sarasota now offers the Mary Beth Goddard Scholarship for Natural Sciences. Applicants must have graduated from high schools in the state of Florida, maintain a college GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be rising junior or senior college students or graduate students pursuing a degree in natural sciences including, but not limited to: Environmental Studies, Conservation and Ecology, Horticulture, Botany, Coastal Wetlands, Pollinator Research, or Landscape Architecture.
The Allamanda Garden Club of North Port
The Allamanda Garden Club of North Port, Florida will be awarding two $1,500 scholarships to rising college juniors or seniors in an undergraduate program, as well as graduate or doctoral students, pursuing degrees in the sciences or horticulture-related fields. This scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to students attending a college or university anywhere in the United States. Preference will be given to students who are residents of North Port, Port Charlotte, Englewood or Venice, Florida.
Admit it to Quit It: End Distracted Driving Scholarship Contest
Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Personal Injury Law offers an annual scholarship opportunity for Florida graduating high school seniors and current college students to submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words admitting to their most common distracted driving habits, and to describe specifically how and why they intend to put an end to those deadly habits.
Retina Care Consultants Scholarship
Retina Care Consultants supports aspiring eye care professionals with scholarship opportunities for Florida college students pursuing pre-med programs within Florida. Using research & data from educational institutions, government, private agencies or non-profits, applicants must create an infographic that addresses one of the following topics: Undertreatment of Diabetic Retinopathy, Undertreatment of Macular Degeneration, Connection between Poor Vision and Morbidity.
A. Jean Battie Scholarship Fund
The A. Jean Battie Scholarship Fund was created to honor Mrs. A. Jean Battie. Mrs. Battie taught in Sarasota County for thirty years before retiring in 2006. Mrs. Battie was a noted community member who volunteered in her church and in the classroom after her retirement. This scholarship fund is for students who are Light of the Word Church members or affiliates of the following organizations: Truly Valued, College for Every Student (CFES), Safe Children’s Coalition, Greatness Beyond Measure, Brotherhood of Men. The A. Jean Battie Scholarship Committee also issues the Black History Contest Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity is open to all graduating, minority high school seniors in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.