STRIVE Awards logoThis annual event celebrates juniors and seniors in the Sarasota County Schools’ seven comprehensive high schools who have demonstrated resilience and grit to overcome extraordinary challenges in school and their personal lives to make significant improvements in their strive for success.

Teachers, counselors, and principals nominate 35 seniors who will receive $1,000 each to award their accomplishments. 

Congratulations to our Class of 2022 STRIVE Award Recipients.

Learn More About Our Student Recipients

Be inspired by these students who have demonstrated resilience, grit,
and courage, and have made the impossible possible.

Booker High School Students
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North Port High School Students
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Pine View School Students
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Riverview High School Students
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Sarasota High School
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Suncoast Polytechnical High School Students
Suncoast Polytechnical High School
Venice High School

Last Year’s Event Sponsors

H. Jack Hunkele Charitable Foundation

Harold & Jacqueline Bladel Charitable Trust

The Bruce J Heim Foundation
SweetSparkman Architecture & Interiors

In-Kind Sponsor

Corporate Sponsors

STRIVE Corporate Sponsors

Circle of Champions

100+ Women Who Care-Greater Sarasota
Achieva Foundation
Judith Alexander
American Endowment Foundation
Annette J. Hagens Memorial Foundation
B & I Contractors, Inc.
Ali and Gloria Bahaj
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Bob* and Willa Bernhard
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Jeff Blanchette and Randy Sharp
Bob Blattberg and Rebecca Donelson
Marty and Barbara Bowling
Dannie Brown
Bruce J. Heim Foundation
Brumley Tools USA LLC
Claudia Cardillo
CareerSource Suncoast
Caterpillar Foundation
Jeremy Chambers and Jules Price
Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation
Charles O. Wood, III and Miriam M. Wood Foundation
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.
Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
Ken and Carrie Cox
John and Kitty Cranor
Bill and Elaine Crouse
Curriculum Associates
James and Marla Doss
Dean Eisner
Mitch and Dawn Epstein
Bill and Jennifer Esposito
Bob and Anne Essner
Evalyn Sadlier Jones Foundation
Fidelity Charitable
Florida Blue
Florida Cancer Specialists
Florida Lottery Lighting the Way
Florida Power & Light
Richard Fredd
Freeman Orthodontics
Mark Freeman
Patrick Gallagher
Gettel Automotive Group
Gettel Foundation, Inc.
Bob and Joan Geyer
Gilbane Building Company
Girls Inc
Gondelman Foundation
Patty Gondelman
Scott and Cheryl Gordon
Ned Grossman and Shelly LazarusGulf Coast Community Foundation
H. Jack Hunkele Family Foundation
Harold C. and Jacqueline F. Bladel Foundation, Inc
John and Nancy Harris
Kent and Lauren Hayes
Peter and Katie Hayes
Karl Hees
Rick Helbing
Josephine Hennelly
Allen and Stephanie Hochfelder
Judy Hoffman
Mike and Jenny Infanti
Informa Group PLC
James M. Doss Charitable Foundation Trust
Linda Jellison and Craig Wedge
Bill and Betsy Johnston
Jon F Swift Construction
Bob and Karen Jones
Junior League of Sarasota, Florida, Inc.
Ron and Robyn Karp
KnowledgeWorks Foundation
Koski Family Foundation
Tom and Sherry Koski
Steven Krause and James Laporte
David and Lucie Lapovsky
Retsy Lauer
Brock and Julie Leach
Lela D. Jackson Foundation
Bill and Maryl Levine
Bob and Terry Lewandowski
Lisl Liang and Wes Roberts
Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust
Eloise Malinsky
Manatee Community Foundation
Gregg and Lorraine Matthews
McIntyre, Elwell & Strammer General Contractors
John and Janet McIntyre
Ryan McIntyre
Michael Saunders & Company Foundation
Nancy Milbauer
Betsy Mitchell
Keith Monda and Veronica Brady
Linda Monda
Philip and Susan Morris
Tim and Diane Muldoon
National Philanthropic Trust
Loretta Naylor
Neal Communities
New College Foundation
Isabel Norton
Chuck Parrish
Peace River Electric
PGT Industries
Andrea Pilch
Publix Super Markets Charities
Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Noah and Britt Riner
Anne Rollings and Gary Harney
Lisa Russo
Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Foundation for CareerEdge
Sarasota Classified Teachers Association
Drayton and Kara Saunders
Michael Saunders
Scheidel Foundation
Wesley Scheufler
Jack Schlegel
Schwab Charitable
Suzanne Seiter
Robert Selvaggi
Steve and Judy Shank
Warren and Evelyn Silver
Ron and Ann Skipper
Lewis and Janet Solomon
Steinwachs Family Foundation
Jeff and Ellen Steinwachs
Sterling College
Suncoast Credit Union Foundation
Sunset Automotive Group
Peppi Elona and Wendy Surkis
Sweet Sparkman Architecture & Interiors
Swift Family Foundation
Jon F Swift Construction
Jon and Janey Swift
Jason and Lisa Swift
Tandem Construction
The Epstein Family Charitable Fund
The Florida College System Foundation
The Frank E. Duckwall Foundation
The Glenridge Charitable Foundation, Inc
The Helming & Knies Family Foundation
The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust
Jim and Susan Tollerton
Josh and Sierra Tomlinson
Tommy’s Express
Toyota Matching Gift Program
Andres Tugendhat
Tugendhat Family Fund
United Way Suncoast – Sarasota + Manatee
Becky and Giles Van der Bogert
Vanguard Chairtable
Venice Endowment Fund
Dan and Jennifer Vigne
Juan and Jennifer Villaveces
Heather Wamsley
Dan and Sheila Weiss
Wells Fargo Corporate Responsibility & Community Relations
Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.
Miriam M. Wood
David and Michelle Young
Martin and Nancy Zimmerman

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