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.
Students are only required to complete one traditional application to be eligible for any of the scholarships for which they qualify for. There are over 70 scholarship fund opportunities for which to be considered. Each fund has its own set of criteria. The application will ask a variety of questions to determine your eligibility for these funds as well as to give the reviewers insight into you and your plans. Your application will be reviewed by committee members from our community. (The SCBA Booker Law Academy Scholarship, Destinations Florida Dave Warren Memorial Scholarship, and the Performing Arts Scholarship are all awarded through this application).
- are residents, graduating high school seniors or current college students from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, or DeSoto County
- will not be receiving a renewable scholarship from the foundation for the upcoming school year
- will be under the age of 24 as of December 31, 2024
Required Application Documents:
- Your transcript. Transcripts must include your name, grades for all courses taken including Fall 2023, and your overall cumulative GPA. Unofficial transcripts and screenshots of portals are accepted as long as they have all required information
- Your resume. Resumes should include work experience, extracurriculars, honors, leadership roles, etc
- Your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). FAFSA SARs must be the full document length (9-11 pages). If you are unable to complete your FAFSA prior to the application deadline or if you have other reasons for not submitting this document, then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss an alternative source of financial documentation. All conversations on this matter will be kept confidential.
- Your Essay. If you have completed the Common Application you may use that essay in place of our prompt. If not you must write an essay to address the following prompt: We all have a background, identity, interest, or talent so significant that it influences our educational and career aspirations. Write 250-650 words explaining the factors that have led to the educational and career aspirations you plan to pursue. You may be eligible for certain funds that have additional essays, these will become available to you in the essay section after you have filled out your entire application.