Below is a listing of all scholarship applications for students 24 years of age or older:

Adult Scholarship

Completing our Adult Scholarship application will allow our scholarship committee to consider you for more than 40 different scholarship opportunities. Applicants must be a resident of Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, or Charlotte counties. Students must be pursuing or planning to pursue further education at an accredited university, community college, technical school, or certification program.

Deadline: October 15, 2020

Special Note: Students who have already received scholarships from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for the 2020-2021 school year are not eligible to apply through this application cycle. The next opportunity for these students to apply for our scholarships will open around February 2021 and awards will be for August 2021 - July 2022.

Destinations Florida Dave Warren Scholarship

Destinations Florida, through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, is pleased to offer the Dave Warren Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity is available to college juniors who plan to make a career in the hospitality industry within the State of Florida. Selection criteria includes the personal goals of the student, financial need and community involvement.

Application Closed.

General Education Diploma (GED) Scholarship 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide students with financial assistance to pursue their General Education Diploma (GED). Applicants must be residents of Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, or Charlotte counties.

If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, please send us an email at

Performing Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who are residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties and are pursuing or planning to pursue professional careers in a field related to the performing arts including musical theatre, dance, singing, acting, music, musical instruments, scenery/ costume design, etc.  Click here for a listing of all scholarships awarded through the Performing Arts Scholarship application.

Application Closed.

Sarasota County Bar Association Richard R. Garland Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to provide an opportunity for first through third year law students of under-represented minority backgrounds (e.g. race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, or socioeconomic background), who have an interest in practicing law in Sarasota County. Scholarship awardees will complete a summer internship with a law firm in the local area and receive a scholarship for their following year of law school.

Application Closed.

Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition BSN Scholarship 

This scholarship provides financial support for current BSN candidates in the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) region (Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee, & Desoto counties). The goal is to increase the number of bachelor’s prepared nurses who are working within the SNAC region.

Application Closed.

Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition Doctorate in Nursing Scholarship  

This is a renewable scholarship for the benefit of students demonstrating financial need who are accepted into a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Nursing or a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the SNAC Region (Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee, & Desoto counties). Eligible applicants must be faculty members teaching in the area of Bachelor of Science in Nursing at State College of Florida, Keiser (Sarasota), or Florida SouthWestern State College (Charlotte) and be nominated by the Dean or Director of the program at which they currently teach.

Application Closed.

2Gen Parent Scholarship

The 2Gen Scholarship connects low-income parents with children attending Alta Vista, Emma E. Booker, Gocio, and Tuttle Elementary Schools with educational pathways to build their skills and lead to family-sustaining wages. Applicants must be referred by the Parent Education Navigator, be 18 years of age or older as of December 31st of the year in which they apply and be residents of Sarasota or Manatee counties for a minimum of 1 year.

Deadline: Rolling Application.