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

Traditional Scholarship

Completing our Traditional Scholarship application will allow our scholarship committee to consider you for more than 70 different scholarship opportunities. Applicants must be a resident of Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, or Charlotte counties or be a graduating high school senior or graduate of a high school located within one of these four counties. Students must be pursuing or planning to pursue further education at an accredited university, community college, technical school, or certification program.

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.

Available: January 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 Traditional Scholarship application to be considered for a new scholarship award.

Available: April 2021

Andrew Monroe Memorial Scholarship

The Andrew Monroe Memorial Scholarship Fund awards two $1,000 scholarships annually to graduating high school senior soccer players in Sarasota County. 

Available: February 2021

Andrew Vincent Messina Scholarship and Elsie Bird Davies Memorial Scholarship

The charitable purposes of the Andrew Vincent Messina Fund for Music Education and the Elsie Bird Davies Memorial Fund for Piano Students is to provide music lessons and instruments to children with financial need who otherwise would be unable to participate in music education. Applicants must be residents of Sarasota or Manatee County who are taking lessons from a teacher who is a member of the Piano Teachers Association in either Sarasota or Manatee County.  

Application Closed.

Father Connie Dougherty Memorial Scholarship

The Father Connie Dougherty Scholarship Fund may be used to further education at a college, university or institution of higher learning, including vocational training. All Sarasota County high school seniors and graduates of Sarasota County public and private high schools may apply. 

Available: January 2021

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.

Available: January 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

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.

Available: January 2021

Ringling College Library Association Town Hall Scholarship

Through the generosity of the Lou and Rosemary Oberndorf Town Hall Scholarship Fund in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, two deserving seniors with remarkable academic and community service accomplishments are selected from each high school by their principals to enjoy the privilege of attending a Town Hall lecture and meeting the speaker as “RCLA Scholars.” Students are then invited to submit a 750-900 word essay sharing the impact each speaker’s words had on them and how it relates to their own life experiences.

Application Closed.

Sarasota County Bar Association Booker Law Academy Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a graduating senior of underrepresented, minority background (e.g. race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability) with scholastic financial support for attendance at a college or university. Applications will be open to graduating high school seniors who are candidates to complete Booker High School's Law Academy. 

Available: January 2021

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

Youth Expanded Studies Scholarship

This application is for students who are permanent residents of Sarasota County who plan to participate in a distinct educational program, opportunity, or event, beyond the typical school setting.  Middle school and high school students under the age of 18 are eligible to apply.

Available: January 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.