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.

Available: March 2021

Scholarship Renewal

If you have received a Renewable Scholarship through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, please complete the following application to be considered for renewal.

Special Note: Please read your notification letter carefully as it will detail whether or not your scholarship is renewable. Students who were not awarded a renewable scholarship during a prior year, will not be considered through this application. Please apply through our Adult Scholarship application to be considered for a new scholarship award.

Available: April 2021

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

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.

Available: December 2020

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.

Available: February 2021

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.

Available: February 2021

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.