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Scholarships

Are you looking for the right scholarships to help pay for your education beyond high school? We’re here to help. On this page, you can search our database of scholarships that fit your unique needs and experiences.

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AFA’s Teen Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship

Organization: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Deadline: 3/1/22
Amount: $5,000
Nationwide essay contest for high school seniors to describe the impact of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness on themselves, their families or their communities, and what they have learned from it.

American Legion Scholarships

Organization: The American Legion
Deadline: Varies
Award: Varies
Various scholarship opportunities available including the American Legion Legacy, Baseball, Samsung, National High School Oratorical Contest, Eagle Scout of the Year, Junior Shooting Sports Scholarship.

Arts Advocates Scholarship

Organization: The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Inc.
Deadline: 3/1/22
Award: Varies
Scholarship for graduating seniors in Florida with financial-need and planning to major in Fine Arts (visual and performing arts: painting, illustration, sculpture, design, music, dance, theater, creative writing, photography, digital art, motion design, film, architecture, etc.) at a U.S. college or university.

Arts for Life! Scholarship

Organization: Arts for Life
Deadline: 2/4/22
Award: $1,000
Statewide scholarship for high school seniors in Florida who demonstrate excellence in creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual art.

Bette Woodson Award

Organization: TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council
Deadline: 2/1/22
Award: $1,000
Sarasota County graduating seniors who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to providing service within our community as verified by the narrative and evidence submitted with the application.

Burger King Scholars

Organization: Burger King Foundation
Deadline: 12/15/21
Award: $1,000 – $50,000
Nationwide scholarship for high school seniors planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in 2022-23 academic year.

Butterflies & Dreams Book Club Award

Organization: Butterflies & Dreams Book Club
Deadline: 2/28/22
Award: TBD
Local award for African American seniors from Manatee or Sarasota counties planning to attend a post-secondary institution and inspired by reading.

C. Valentine Bates Memorial HOPE Scholarship

Organization: Florida State Elks Association
Deadline: 1/10/22
Award: $3,000 – $10,000
Students who demonstrated leadership through participation in school activities, community service, and citizenship and maintained a minimum of a 2.3 to 3.3 un-weighted GPA. Students with an un-weighted GPA above 3.3 CANNOT apply.

Children’s Therapy Solutions Scholarship

Organization: Children’s Therapy Solutions Inc.
Deadline: 4/15/22
Award: $500
Minority high school seniors in Sarasota or Manatee counties planning to pursue a career in the healthcare field of occupational, physical, or speech therapy are eligible.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Organization: College Board
Deadline: 2/28/22
Award: $500- $2,000
Nationwide program awarding students scholarships for completing college planning steps online.

Elks Legacy Awards Scholarships

Organization: Elks National Foundation
Deadline: 2/7/22
Award: $1,000
Nationwide 4-year renewable scholarship available to children and grandchildren of Elks members.

FL. District Exchange Clubs Youth Scholarship

Organization: Florida District Exchange Clubs – District 8
Deadline: 3/28/22
Amount: $1,000
Local speech contest for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors that encourages contest participants to express their patriotic ideals on the opportunities of this country’s democratic system.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

Organization: Florida Department of Education
Deadline: By high school graduation
Award: Varies
Eligible students may qualify for one of the following scholarships – Florida Academic Scholars Award (FAS), Florida Medallion Scholars Award (FMS), Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholarship (GSC) or the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship (GSV).

Florida Eastern Star Grant Program

Organization: Florida Eastern Star
Deadline: 1/1/22
Award: Varies
Statewide scholarship for Florida seniors planning to attend college and willing to submit an essay on the topic of What Does The Constitution Of The United States Mean To Me. 

Florida Futures Project Annual Essay Competition

Organization: Florida Futures Project, Inc.
Deadline: 5/6/22
Award: $1,000
Statewide essay competition that invites high school seniors to craft solutions to large-scale challenges facing the Sunshine State.

Florida P.E.O. Scholarship

Organization: Florida Philanthropic Educational Organization
Deadline: 1/15/22
Award: $2,500
Available to female seniors who are Florida residents with a minimum 3.0 GPA and financial need who plan to pursue undergraduate study at a Florida college or university.

Florida Retired Educators Foundation Scholarship

Organization: Florida Retired Educators Foundation (FREF)
Deadline: 1/20/22
Amount: $1,000
Statewide scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors who wish to become teachers in Florida. The recipient will be expected to teach in a state-accredited public or private school in Florida for at least one year, following graduation.

Frank and Ellen Daveler Educational Scholarship

Organization: Community Foundation of Collier County
Deadline: 2/14/22
Award: $1,000
High School senior residing in specified Fl Counties including Sarasota and Manatee with financial need and pursing a 4-year degree in Entrepreneurship and/or Business fields and other non-specified majors.

Free Speech Essay Contest

Organization: FIRE
Deadline: 12/31/21
Award: $500 – $10,000
Nationwide essay contest that explores the topic of free speech over censorship.

Freeman Orthodontics Inspiration Awards

Organization: TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council
Deadline: 2/1/22
Amount: $500
Sarasota County graduating seniors who have inspired others by overcoming unique and challenging circumstances are eligible. Must be nominated by a guidance counselor or teacher with the approval of their principal.

Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Organization: Friends of 440 Florida
Deadline: 2/28/22
Award: Varies
Scholarship to aid dependents or descendants of workers who were injured or killed in the course and scope of their employment and who received benefits under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Law and demonstrate financial need.

Horizon Award

Organization: The Southern Association of College Admission Counseling (SACAC)
Deadline: 1/18/22
Award: $1,000
Nationwide Scholarship available to graduating seniors in a Southern Association For College Admission Counseling (SACAC) member region.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program

Organization: The Jackie Robinson Foundation
Deadline: 1/12/22 5 PM EST
Award: $30,000 over four years
Nationwide scholarship opportunity for graduating minority seniors showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need.

Kappa Alpha Psi General Male Scholarship

Organization: The Sarasota (FL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. In Assoc. With Sarasota-Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi Project Guide Right, Inc. Foundation
Deadline: 2/5/22
Award: Varies
Local scholarship for male graduating senior with financial-need from Manatee or Sarasota counties.

Kappa Alpha Psi General Nursing Scholarship

Organization: The Sarasota (FL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. In Assoc. With Sarasota-Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi Project Guide Right, Inc. Foundation
Deadline: 2/5/22
Award: Varies
Local scholarship for students with financial-need from Manatee or Sarasota counties who plans to attend nursing school OR is currently enrolled in nursing school with good standing.

Launching Leaders in the Arts Awards Program

Organization: National League of American Pen Women Sarasota Branch
Deadline: 3/5/21
Award: $250 – $2,000
Seniors in public schools in Sarasota and Manatee County are eligible. Competition categories include Visual Arts, Letters (Writing) and Music.

Lilly Kaighin Award

Organization: TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council
Deadline: 2/1/22
Award: $1,000
Sarasota County graduating seniors who have implemented an original community service project are eligible.

Lindsey Maibach Scholarship Fund

Organization: Lindsey Maibach Memorial
Deadline: 4/12/22
Award: $2,500
Seniors at BHS, NPHS, RHS, SHS or VHS with a minimum 2.4 and a max of 2.90 cumulative unweighted GPA who are planning to attend a community or four-year college are eligible.

Manasota ASALH Scholarship Program

Organization: Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
Deadline: 2/15/22
Award: $1,000 – $3,000
African American students in Sarasota or Manatee counties with minimum 3.0 grade point average and demonstrated leadership in their school and community are eligible.

Matthew Carter Scholarship

Organization: Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation Inc.
Deadline: 4/15/22
Award: $4,000
Graduating seniors with a financial-need in Sarasota and Manatee Counties are eligible.

Mensa Education & Research Foundation Scholarship Program

Organization: Mensa Education and Research Foundation
Deadline: 1/15/22
Award: Varies
Nationwide opportunity for graduating high school seniors planning to enroll in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning in the 2021-2022 school year.

National Honor Society Scholarship

Organization: National Honors Society
Deadline: 12/1/21 1 PM EST
Award: $3,200 – $25,000
High school seniors who are active National Honor Society (NHS) members in good standing of an affiliated NHS chapter are eligible to apply.

Oaks Women’s Club Scholarship

Organization: Oaks Womens Club (OWC)
Deadline: 1/27/22
Award: $5,000
Available to female students attending any Sarasota County School graduating in 2022.

Roger Dearing Heart of the Arts Award

Organization: Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA)
Deadline: 1/12/22
Award: $1,500
Individuals from an FHSAA member high school including students, adults, or a group associated with the school’s performing arts program can be nominated.

Roger Dearing Spirit of Sport Award

Organization: Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA)
Deadline: 1/12/22
Award: $1,500
Individuals from an FHSAA member high school including students, adults, or a group associated with the school’s athletic program can be nominated.

Sandra K. Lacey Scholarship

Organization: William G. and Marie Selby Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
Award: Varies
Local scholarship for Sarasota County residents with severe and profound hearing loss.

Sarasota LIONS Club Scholarship

Organization: Sarasota LIONS Club
Deadline: 3/1/22
Award: $1,000
Local renewable scholarship for Sarasota County graduating seniors who plan to enter a technical school, a community college or a 4-year college with financial need and a personal/family history of eye issues or a disability.

Sarasota Retired Educators Scholarship

Organization: Sarasota Retired Educators Association (SREA)
Deadline: 2/11/22
Award: $500 – $1,000
Local scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors who wish to become teachers in Florida. The recipient will be expected to teach in a state-accredited public or private school in Florida for at least one year, following graduation.

Selby Scholar Program

Organization: William G. and Marie Selby Foundation
Deadline: 3/1/22 4:59 PM
Award: $4,000 – $7,000
Graduating high school senior and/or an AA/AS degree student from a school in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, or Sarasota County demonstrating financial need and pursuing a 4-year undergraduate degree. *Application opens 1/1/22*

Southern Scholarship Foundation

Organization: Southern Scholarship Foundation
Deadline: 2022 Fall Semester is 4/1/22
Award: Room and Board
Qualified students attending FAMU, FGCU, FSU, Santa Fe College, Tallahassee Community College, and UF are awarded scholarships in the form of rent-free housing to live in one of twenty-seven furnished scholarship houses that are adjacent to their college campus.

St. Andrew Scottish Scholarship

Organization: St. Andrew Scottish Society
Deadline: 3/5/22
Award: Varies
Academically qualified Sarasota or Manatee County seniors who plan to enroll in College in 2022 and are of Scottish descent or have current Scottish involvement.

State College of Florida Foundation Scholarships

Organization: State College of Florida Foundation
Deadline: 4/15/22
Award: Varies
Multiple scholarships available to Sarasota and Manatee County seniors who will be attending the State College of Florida. *Application opens 1/1/22*

Suncoast Credit Union Scholars Scholarship

Organization: Suncoast Credit Union Foundation
Deadline: 3/1/22
Award: $2,000
High school seniors in Sarasota County who are planning to attend an accredited 4-year college/university, 2-year college or technical school in Florida and can demonstrate financial need are eligible.

Teeja Service Through the Arts Award

Organization: TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council
Deadline: 2/1/22
Award: $1,000
Sarasota County graduating seniors who has seen a need in the community and through volunteer activities and/or an original project has used service through the arts to meet the identified need are eligible.

The Coolidge Scholarship

Organization: Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation
Deadline: 1/19/22
Award: Varies
Nationwide unconditional merit based scholarship available to Juniors class of 2023.

US JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship

Organization: JCI Senators Foundation of Florida
Deadline: 1/14/22
Award: $500 – $1,000
Graduating high school seniors in the United States who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools are eligible.

USF Kosove Society Scholarship

Organization: USF Kosove Society
Deadline: 12/3/21
Award: Varies
Graduating seniors planning to attend University of South Florida are eligible.

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