SARASOTA, Fla. (March 26, 2019) – Earl E. Young Jr. has been named associate director of education investments at the Education Foundation of Sarasota County (EFSC), announced EFSC President Jennifer Vigne.
Young most recently was the Community Foundation of Sarasota County manager of scholarship and special initiatives, a post he held for 10 years.
“During his time with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Earl inspired and assisted so many students and adults pursuing higher education and specialized trainings,” said Roxie Jerde, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Earl’s passion for guiding students to their next stage in life will be a tremendous asset for the Education Foundation and help many students across our community.”
In his new position, Young will be responsible for the overall administration and growth of EFSC scholarship programs.
He also will oversee and direct EducateSRQ, the EFSC’s classroom and schoolwide grants program, working directly with donors and Sarasota County Schools’ teachers and principals. For the 2018-19 academic year alone, the EFSC awarded $316,468 in classroom and schoolwide grants, impacting 32,000 students and directly benefiting 251 teachers and 41 K-12 schools.
Young has a bachelor’s in finance from the University of South Florida. In addition to managing and overseeing multimillion-dollar grant programs, he is skilled in budget management and projections, community engagement and partnerships, and donor cultivation and stewardship.
“We welcome Earl to the EFSC team and are excited that he is bringing his accomplished experiences and deep community knowledge and commitment to our organization,” said Jennifer Vigne, EFSC president.
Vigne pointed to Young’s valuable skills in scholarships and grants, broad experience in financial management, and track record in growing programs and relationships as key attributes that will help the EFSC accelerate its drive to create programs that best serve 21stcentury learners.