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Local Sarasota County Scholarships

Name of AwardDescriptionEligibilityNumber and Amount of AwardsApplication Availability and WebsiteDeadlineNote
CHCI ScholarshipCHCI's scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. There is no GPA or academic major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.• Full-time enrollment in a United States Department of Education accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program within the United States and Puerto Rico during the period for which scholarship is requested
• Demonstrated financial need
• Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities
• Strong writing skills
• Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.
• $1,000 to pursue an associate degree
• $2,500 to pursue an undergraduate degree
• $5,000 to pursue graduate-level study
Application will be available late September at http://www.chci.org/scholarships/Check website for more details.
Fly High Award The award is established by the family of Katelyn Joy Derstine as a memorial tribute. Open to Sarasota County high school senior graduating females meeting the criteria established by the Katelyn Joy Derstine Scholarship Fund, Inc. Student must be accepted by an accredited college, university, or educational institution where they plan to futher their education. A minimum of one, one time scholarship of $1000 will be awarded. Application will be availble online at www.fly-high-kjd.com Late March
Chicana/Latina Scholarship Scholarships are awarded to Chicana/Latina students with a minimum of 15 college units enrolled in community college, 4-year institutions or graduate school. Emphasis put on community service and plans to contribute to the Latino community. • Chicana/Latina women who are enrolled in accredited colleges and community colleges in one of the listed Nothern California counties
• Undergraduate Chicana/Latina students must be enrolled as a full time college student, have completed a minimum of 15 college semester units after high school graduation, and have at least a 2.5 GPA.
Award amounts are $1,500. The Scholarship Guidelines and Application are available in PDF format. To download the application, please go to http://www.chicanalatina.org/scholarship.html 3/31/2016
(late march every year)
Dr. Amanda Perez Scholarship The “Dr. Amanda Perez” Scholarship was developed in 2008 to assist high school and college freshman students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Personal qualities, financial need, academic and extracurricular achievement will be considered in the selection process. Dr. Amanda Perez is an alumna of LMSA-West at the Charles Drew University Chapter, where she served as Medical Student Representative. She later was in charge of the Scholarship Program when she served on the Executive Board for the Western Region. • Must be committed to pursuing a career in medicine and dedicated to serving the Latino and underserved communities.
• Applicants should demonstrate a desire to advance the state of healthcare and education in Latino and underserved communities through leadership in extracurricular activities and/or membership in civic organizations.
• Must be freshmen at 4-year university during the 2015-2016 academic year.
• Students are eligible to receive the scholarship regardless of immigration or citizenship status, as long as the university they attend will allow them to enroll and register for classes.
• Strong consideration will be placed upon financial need.
• Must be a resident or attending school within the LMSA-West region states (Arizona, California, Oregon, Utah, Washington)
• Check website for additional requirements
Check website for more details. Application will be available at http://lmsa.net/west/what-we-do/scholarships/dr-amanda-perez/ 6/10/2016 (Late may every year)
Geneso Migrant Center Scholarships (Database)*** The Geneso Migrant Center offers many different scholarships, targeting toward children of migrant workers who want to pursue a post-secondary education. Eligibility depends on each scholarship. All of these scholarships require applicants to be children on migrant workers, but each differs in academic and financial requirements. Depending on the scholarship Applications are/will be available at http://www.migrant.net/migrant/scholarships/ Depending on the scholarship
GOYA Foods Culinary Arts & Food Sciences Scholarship Program*** The GOYA Foods Culinary Arts and Food Sciences Scholarship Program is available on a competitive basis to students entering a four-year institution as freshmen who are Culinary Arts or Food Sciences majors. • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
• Be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired) or be granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
• Plan to enroll full-time starting in 2016-2017 in a degree seeking program with the U.S. as a Freshman at a four-year U.S. accredited institution and obtaining their 1st undergraduate degree.
• Must have completed 10 hours per month of community service. This activity will be tracked by GOYA.
• Must be majoring in Culinary Arts or Food Sciences (select Culinary Arts as major).
• Must have a permanent address in Florida
• Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). DACA applicants must submit household income information.
• Applicants are required to submit an essay response to the following prompt: "Please explain how GOYA has enriched your family traditions."
Awards are in the amount of $5,000 awarded per academic year starting in 2015-2016 and are renewable for up to three additional years provided the student remains eligible to receive funding. Application will available early September at http://hsf.net/en/scholarships/programs//goya-culinary-scholarship Mid Februrary (every year)
HENAAC Scholars Program The HENAAC Scholars Program addresses the immense need that the United States has to produce more domestic engineers and scientists. The goal of the program is to ensure STEM college retention with a 3.0 grade point average or higher; to guarantee college graduation with an undergraduate technical degree in four-five years; and, to contribute to Hispanic communities by producing STEM role models for future generations and securing the country's place as the finest technological leader in the world. • Applicants must demonstrate leadership through academic achievements and campus/community activities
• Applicants must be Science, Technology, Engineering or Math related majors
• Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale)
• Recipients must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for the preceding fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.
• Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must significantly participate in and promote organizations and activities in the Hispanic community
Scholarhips range from $1000 to $10,000. Application will be available at http://www.greatmindsinstem.org/college/henaac-scholarship-program 4/30/17 (late april every year)
Hispanic Scholarship Fund New Scholarships every year Be of Hispanic Heritage
Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students
Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited not-for-profit 4-year university or graduate school during FALL of scholarship cycle year
Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
Complete FAFSA
Complete state based financial aid application (if applicable)
$500-$5,000 http://hsf.net/en/scholarships/
programs/
January-March (every year)
José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund The José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund is a need-based merit scholarship that provides financial assistance to eligible students of Hispanic origin who will attend Florida public or eligible private institutions. • Submit a fully completed error-free Florida Financial Aid Application (available October 1 each year) by April 1. Applicants will be ranked by their application submission date, if necessary.
• Be of Spanish culture, born in or having a natural parent who was born in either Mexico or a Hispanic country of the Caribbean, Central or South America, regardless of race.
• Demonstrate a minimum of $2,000 in financial need by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to be processed error- free by the U.S. Department of Education on or before May 15.
• Check website for additional requirements
Scholarships are awarded in the amount of $2000. Application is available at=HYPERLINK("http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/factsheets/JoseMarti.pdf") 4/1/2017 (available 10/1/16)
Los Hermanos de Stanford This year our brotherhood will award several scholarships to outstanding Latino students graduating from high school with plans to attend any 2-year or 4-year institution of higher learning. Applicants will be judged on their contributions to the aforementioned guiding principles of our organization: academic excellence, community service, and cultural awareness. Financial need will be taken into account, along with many other important factors. The scholarship will not be disbursed until Los Hermanos de Stanford receives proof of enrollment. The award is open to male and female applicants, and attending Stanford University is NOT a requirement. Check website for up-to-date requirements Check website for more details. Application is available at http://web.stanford.edu/group/hermanos/cgi-bin/HermanosWordpress2012/wordpress/?page_id=475 May 8th (early may every year)
LULAC National Scholarship Fund LNESC and LULAC established the LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF) to help youth in underserved communities make the dream of college enrollment a reality. LNSF is a unique partnership between grassroots advocates and corporations that funds educational opportunities for deserving youth across the U.S. Every dollar raised by local LULAC Councils is matched by corporate partners secured by LNESC, increasing the amount given in both the council and corporate names. This model results in a true grassroots/corporate partnership for the empowerment of the Latino community. Former recipients of LNSF scholarships are now leaders in fields of business, science, government, and education. Eligibility depends on the award.
1. National Scholastic Achievement Awards ($2,000)
• GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, and if the student is an entering freshman.
• 29 or higher on the ACT test, or 1350 or higher on the SAT test.
2. Honors Awards ($500 to $2,000)
• GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, and if the student is an entering freshman.
• 23 or higher on the ACT test, or 1100 or higher on the SAT test.
3. General Awards ($250 to $1,000)
• Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, an emphasis may be placed on the individuals motivation, sincerity, and community involvement.
Amount varies. Application will be available at http://lnesc.org/site/338/Scholarships/LULAC-National-Scholarship-Fund Check website for more details.
NAHJ Scholarships Each year NAHJ comes out with a set of new scholarships from different sponsors, targeted towards Latinos pursuing careers in journalism. Check website for newly renewed 2016 funds. The scholarship did not state the eligibility requirements but did outline their selection criteria:
COMMITMENT TO THE FIELD OF JOURNALISM – Students must demonstrate a sincere desire to pursue a career in the field of journalism. This applies to students who are planning careers in English or Spanish-language print, photo, broadcast or online media.
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT – There is no minimum grade point average to qualify for NAHJ scholarships. However, earning good grades is always important. Academic performance will play a role in deciding which students are awarded scholarships.
FINANCIAL NEED – The economic status of a student’s household will be taken into consideration in making scholarship selections.
AWARENESS OF THE COMMUNITY – The Latino community is the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. Student journalists need to be aware of issues that face the Latino community and Latinos in the newsroom while striving to portray all people in a fair and accurate manner in coverage of stories.
VariesApplication will be available at http://nahj.org/scholarships/ Check website for more details.
PG&E Scholarship Each ERG awards scholarships to students who have shown commitment to specific communities or causes. While all the ergs use a common scholarship application for general information, each group has its own eligibility requirements and application supplement for specific information. Be sure to review the erg application supplements for those requirements. Check website for requirements because PG&E offers many scholarships, and each has its own requirement. Go to this site for more details: http://pge.onlineapplications.net/docLib/20140206_2014ERGRequirements.pdf Check website for more details. For application, check website: http://pge.onlineapplications.net/applications/welcome.asp February 1st (Usually early february each year)
RMHC®/HACER® National Scholarship The RMHC/HACER National Scholarhip is intended to help high achieving Hispanic students with their dream of pursuing a post-secondary education. • Be a high school senior.
• Be a legal U.S. resident.
• Be younger than 21 years old.
• Carry a minimum 2.7 GPA.
• Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full course of study.
• Plan to enroll at an accredited post-secondary education institution during the academic year following their graduation.
• To apply for the RMHC®/HACER® scholarship program, the applicant must have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage.
Each year the program awards four (4) $100,000 RMHC/HACER National Scholarships. The award is paid over 4 years ($25,000 per year), provided the student can verify enrollment at any accredited institution providing post-secondary education each year. http://www.meencanta.com/hacer/en/requirements.html Late January Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic achievement, financial need, community involvement and personal qualities and strengths as portrayed in a personal statement.
SHPE Foundation Scholarship The SHPE Foundation Scholarship Program exists to support Hispanic students to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Merit-based and need-based scholarships ranging from $1,000-$5,000 are awarded to Hispanic students who demonstrate significant motivation and aptitude for educations and careers in STEM fields. • Eligibility requirements differ for each scholarship. However, the undergraduate GPA requirement is 2.75, the graduate GPA requirement is 3.0, and the dissertation-level requirement is 3.5. Minimum GPA requirements must be maintained throughout the scholarship award period.
• Students must be enrolled in a full-time program (12 hours undergraduate / 9 hours graduate) in a science, technology, engineering, or math degree program.
• Applicants must be members of SHPE.
The amount range from $1000 to $5000. http://www.shpe.org/scholarships Applications open up early August, but end on different dates
The HACU Scholarship Program 2016-17 The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities. We hope that we will be able to assist you in defraying some of your college expenditures. Please review each scholarship’s criteria carefully to see if you qualify. We will continue to add opportunities as they become available. • Demonstrate financial need (typically determined by FAFSA).
• Meet specific criteria for the scholarships to which they are applying.
• Attend a HACU-member college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico at the time applications are completed and scholarship awards are made. (Check website for the most up-to-date listing of HACU member institutions)
Amount and number vary. Application will be available at http://www.hacu.net/hacu/Scholarships.asp?SnID=527955006 Check website for more details. Usually in the summer of the year prior to graduating.
Low-income, First-gen, and/or Minority Students Scholarships
Bill Bernback Diversity Scholarship Program The Bill Bernbach Diversity Scholarship Fund was established in April 1998 by DDB Worldwide to recognize excellence in creative disciplines. Talented, diverse students are awarded $5,000 each year. • Be of African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific, or Hispanic heritage
• Be within 18 months of graduation
• Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States as of the date the application is submitted
• Will be a full time student at one of the partnered institutions (Check website for more details)
Check website for more details. Application is available at http://www.ddb.com/diversityscholarship/apply-now.html Check website for more details.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program*** The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. • Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools)
• U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees
• Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application
• Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
• Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.
Amount varies. Application will be available this Fall at http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org Late October (31st)
Gates Millenium Scholars Program The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid, including graduate school funding for continuing Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. • Minimum GPA of 3.3
• Ethnicities: African American, American Indian- Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American
• Residency status: U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident/ Foreign National
Amount varies. Application will be available early August at http://www.gmsp.org Early January (Apps
open early August)
HENAAC Scholarship*** HENAAC scholarship recipients continue to pave the way for future generations of Hispanics and lead by example to empower our communities and enhance our nation’s professional technical workforce. Since its inception thirteen years ago the HENAAC Scholars Program has experienced tremendous growth. In 2008, through the generous support of our program sponsors, we passed the $1M milestone in scholarship awarded. In 2013, GMiS passed the $2M scholarship milestone. Applicants must demonstrate leadership through academic achievements and campus/community activities
Applicants must be Science, Technology, Engineering or Math related majors
Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher
Recipients must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for the preceding fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.
Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must significantly participate in and promote organizations and activities in the Hispanic community
from $500 to $10,000 Check website for application: http://www.greatmindsinstem.org/college/henaac-scholarship-application-guidelines Applications open up on January year prior to graduating. Close April that same year
Jack Kent Cook Foundation's College Scholarship Program The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies. • Plan to graduate from a US high school in spring 2017
• Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2017
• Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
• Receive standardized test scores in the top 15%: SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above
• Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant
Up to $30,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school Application will be availble this fall at http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/ Mid April (each year) Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, a desire to help others, and leadership. A rigorous application review includes analysis of grades, standardized test scores, participation in available advanced courses, student essays, letters of recommendation, and family finances. Each year 30-40 students will be selected into the program.
Quest for Excellence Awards The Quest for Excellence program is an innovative initiative for talented, low-income high school juniors and seniors, and serves as a powerful complement to the College Prep Scholarship and National College Match programs. Quest for Excellence Awards are designed to enhance educational exploration for qualified juniors and seniors with a range of backgrounds and interests. Students interested in applying for Quest for Excellence Awards must be high school juniors applying to the College Prep Scholarship or seniors applying to the National College Match. Amount varies. https://apply.questbridge.org/apply/ Late September
QuestBridge's College Prep Scholarship QuestBridge's College Prep Scholarship provides opportunities designed to help outstanding low-income high school juniors prepare to apply to top colleges. Most College Prep Scholars come from households earning less than $60,000 annually and have experienced long-term economic hardship. • Students must be juniors who are planning to apply to college during the fall of their senior year.
• Citizenship requirements: U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, and international students attending high school in the United States are eligible to apply for the College Prep Scholarship.
Number and amount vary. https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/college-prep-scholars Check website for more details.
QuestBridge's National College Match The National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that is open to outstanding low-income high school seniors wanting to gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges. The QuestBridge National College Match is open to all: U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents and students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States. Amount varies. Application will be available this August at http://www.questbridge.org/for-students/ncm-national-college-match Late September
RMHC U.S. SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarships are for students in the United States living in areas where there are participating local RMHC Chapters. Please note that not all Chapters offer all four scholarships below. View the complete list of participating RMHC Chapters, their respective counties and the scholarships they offer. • Be a high school senior
• Be younger than 21 years old
• Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school with a full course of study
• Be a legal U.S. resident
• Live in a participating RMHC Chapter's geographic area
• Submit a complete application and all required documentation by the deadline of the application
• Meet any additional eligibility requirements outlined by each scholarship program
• Provide verification of enrollment each year at respective accredited post-secondary institution
Check website for more details. Application will be available at http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships Check website for more details. (Open October 1st)
Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships
Donna Reed Performing Arts Each year, the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts awards scholarships to individuals who qualify for post secondary education and desire to pursue an education or a career in the performing arts. The Foundation continues its long tradition of scholarship programs including a history of national and regional competitions, many culminating in Scholarship Concert performances before judges and live audiences. Check website for the most up-to-date requirements Check website for more details Application will be available at http://www.donnareed.org/html/templates/dr_section.php?dr_section=scholar Late May (each year)
Glenn Miller Scholarships Clarinda’s Glenn Miller Birthplace Society is, once again, offering scholarships in the amounts of $4,000, $2,000 and $1,000 in both instrumental and vocal categories. These scholarships, which are awarded without regard to any other award, may be used for any education-related expense. It is not the purpose of this competition to select Glenn Miller look-alikes or sound-alikes, nor is it limited to pop music performance. Rather, in honoring Glenn, we wish to seek out and assist promising young talents from any field of applied music who may be musical leaders of tomorrow. Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high seniors and first year college students who intend to make music a central part of their future. Those who have entered as high school seniors are eligible to compete again as college freshmen, unless they have been previous first place winters. $1000 to $4000 http://glennmiller.org/scholarship/scholarship-information/ Early March
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partners with art institutes, colleges and universities to provide scholarships for college-bound Scholastic Award Winners. National Award-Winning Seniors who earn Gold Medals, American Visions & Voices Medals, Portfolio Silver Medals or Portfolio Gold Medals qualify for scholarships designated by the Alliance Scholarship Partners. Check website for the most up-to-date requirements Check website for more details Application will be available at http://www.artandwriting.org/the-awards/scholarships-and-prizes/scholarship-partners/ Check website for more details
Scholarships for Women
ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE (AWIS) Scholarship AWIS is an organization for women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The AWIS Educational Foundation was established by AWIS in 1974, with funding provided by contributions from members. About 2-5 AWIS scholarships are awarded to high school seniors each year. • Female students who are high school seniors and plan to study science in the next academic year
• U.S. citizens or permament residents who plan to attend a college or university in the United States
• A 3.75 high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and a math plus verbal test score of at least 1200, or an ACT composite score of 25.
About 2-5 scholarships of $1000 are awarded each year. Application is available at http://www.awis.org Check website for more details.
Bank of America and National Center for Women & Information Technology Scholarship Sponsored by Bank of America, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. By generating visibility for these young women in their local communities, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing encourages their continued interest in computing, attracts the attention and support of educational and corporate institutions, and emphasizes at a personal level the importance of women's participation. Open to female high school students with a 3.0 or higher GPA who demonstrate outstanding aptitude and interest in IT/computing, have demonstrated leadership ability, and plan to pursue a post-secondary education. Amount varies. Application will be available at www.aspirations.org End of October
Scholarships for the LGBTQ Community
PFLAG National Scholarship Program*** The purpose of the PFLAG National Scholarship Program is to financially help students who identify themselve as a member or an ally of the LGBTQ community with their college expenses. • Be a graduating senior entering higher education for first time in 2015.
• Have proven or demonstrated an interest in service to the LGBTQ community
• Apply to an accredited higher education institution
Scholarships up to $5000 each Application will be available at http://community.pflag.org/scholarship Mid April Open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens
Non-US citizens are eligible as long as they attend an accredited institution in the United States
Point Foundation: College Scholarships for LGBT Students*** Point Foundation was established in 2001 to nurture the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point Scholarships are awarded on a "last provider" basis. Point fills in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, work/study programs, etc. • High school senior and current college, including graduate and post-graduate work, excludes current community college students
• No citizenship requirements. History of leadership and/or allyship in issues that affect the LGBT/Queer community. Must plan to continue this leadership/allyship in the future. No specific GPA but seeking candidates with high academic performance.
• Check website for additional requirements
The scholarship amounts funded by Point each year depends on other financial support that Point Scholars receive from individuals, other foundations or grants, as well as the financial health of Point. Application will be available in November at http://www.pointfoundation.org/apply Check website for more details
STEM Scholarships
Actuarial Diversity Scholarship The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students. Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession
Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the following minority groups: Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American, Pacific Islander
Will be a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited educational institution
Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), emphasis on math or actuarial courses
Entering college freshmen must have a minimum ACT math score of 28 or SAT math score of 600
$1,000 – high school senior applying for freshman year;
$2,000 – college freshman applying for sophomore year
$3,000 – college sophomore applying for junior year; and
$4,000 – college junior applying for senior year

The award will be divided to cover multiple semesters or other terms comprising the academic year. Recipients attending school for a portion of the upcoming year (e.g., one semester) will receive the corresponding portion of a full year scholarship amount.
Application can be found at http://www.actuarialfoundation.org/programs/actuarial/scholarships.shtml Check Website for more details
The Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program for College STEM Majors The Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program is a partnership to improve Hispanic student access to higher education and degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Not accepting applications until 2016 Hispanic college students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Puerto Rico pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field major 2000Application will be available in 2015 at http://www.alliancescholars.org/applications/ Check website for more details
Buick Achievers Scholarship Sponsored by the GM Foundation, the Buick Achievers Scholarships are awarded to high school students who demonstrate academic achieverment and financial need; participate in community and school activities; and show interests in automobile industry. Open to high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time at a four year college or university, plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on Engineering/Technology or select Design and Business related programs of study, and is interested in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries. An award of up to $25,000 per year, renewable for up to four years, and one additional year for those entering a five-year engineering program. Application will be available at http://www.buickachievers.com 42429
Microsoft Scholarships*** A Microsoft scholarship provides a leg up so you can pursue undergraduate studies in computer science and related technical disciplines. You’ll join a community of scholarship recipients from the United States, Canada and Mexico who share your passion for technology and academic excellence. It all adds up to achieving your primary goal—making a real difference in the software industry.
Must be completing an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline, such as electrical engineering, math, or physics and demonstrate a strong interest in computer science.
All applicants are considered, regardless of permanent legal status.
Full or partial scholarships https://careers.microsoft.com/students/scholarships Check website for more details
SAE Scholarships Partnered with affiliated institutions, the SAE Foundation offers many different scholarships for high school students who are intending to major in Engineering/Technology. Eligibility depends on the scholarships. Generally, these scholarships require applicants to be U.S. residents, to be graduating high school students who are planning to major in the required field, and to have certain minimum GPA and SAT/ACT scores. Check the website for more details. (There is a chart online, specifying the the minimum GPA and SAT/ACT scores for each scholarship.) Depends on the scholarship Application is available at http://students.sae.org/awdscholar/scholarships/hsengineering.htm Depends on the scholarship
SanDisk Scholars Fund Scholarship Established in 2012, the SanDisk Scholars Program supports the educational goals of students in pursuit of careers in engineering and computer science. The program awards scholarships of up to $10,000 per student to graduating high school seniors, community-college students, and students already enrolled in an engineering or computer science related course of study in need of financial support to reach their goals. Since 2012, we’ve awarded scholarships to more than 120 students throughout the U.S. Open to all high school seniors, college freshman or sophomore, who are planning to enroll or continue as a fulltime undergraduate in the fall, must plan to major or be majoring in Computer Science and Engineering or related field, must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and must be a U.S. citizens or legal residents. $2,500 annually renewable awards (a maximum of $10,000 per student) Application will be available next spring at http://www.sandisk.com/about-sandisk/corporate-responsibility/community/scholars-program/ Check website for more details.
TOYOTA/TELACU Scholarship Awards of up to $5,000 are funded by TOYOTA, our Foundation’s largest corporate partner since 2007, for undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Business or STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Despite the growing need for professionals in these fields, recent studies show that a disproportionately low number of Latinos—our nation’s largest and fastest-growing demographic—are pursuing degrees in these rigorous disciplines. Our partnership with TOYOTA directly addresses this need by providing our Scholars with vital financial resources and equipping them with the tools and skills they need to become the well-educated and skilled professionals who will ensure that entrepreneurship and innovation remain hallmarks of America. • College Junior and Seniors
• Pursuing degrees in Business or Engineering disciplines
• 2.5 GPA
Up to $5000 Application will be available at http://telacu.com/telacu-education-foundation/college-success-program/toyotatelacu-scholarship/ Check website for more details.
TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship For 25 years, the makers of TYLENOL® have awarded more than $8.9 million in scholarships to students pursuing an education in healthcare. We are proud to support those dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others. Check website for more details. Check website for more details. Check website for application: http://www.tylenol.com/news/scholarship Check website for more details.
Local/Regional Scholarships
American Business Women's Impact Scholarship The RINGLING CHAPTER of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is offering one Impact Scholarship worth $2,000 funded through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF). The field of study is not specified. Open to high school female students with a minimum 2.5 GPA who are residents of Sarasota or Manatee County that have been accepted to an accredited college or university located in Sarasota or Manatee County to acquire a four year or higher degree. One $2000 award Eligible applicants interested in applying should respond via email with name, email address, name of Sarasota or Manatee County college or university will attend and degree/field of study seeking to: abwaringlingscholarship@yahoo.com Late March
American Business Women's Outright Grant The RINGLING CHAPTER of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is offering one Outright Grant worth $1,500 funded through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF). The field of study is not specified. Open to college female students with a minimum 2.5 GPA who are residents of Sarasota or Manatee County that have been accepted to an accredited college or university located in Sarasota or Manatee County to acquire a four year or higher degree and have completed a minimum of 60 credits. One $1500 award Eligible applicants interested in applying should respond via email with name, email address, name of Sarasota or Manatee County college or university will attend and degree/field of study seeking to: abwaringlingscholarship@yahoo.com Late April
Assocation for the Study of African American Life and History- Manasota Branch Scholarship The purpose of this scholarship is to help Sarasota county students of African American heritage with college expenses. Open to all high schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Student must be a graduating senior of African American descent who has been admitted to and registered in an accredited college or university, has a 3.0 or higher GPA, and demonstrated leadership abilities. Number and amount of awards depend on funds available. Organization will distribute applications directly to high schools. Mid March
Auxiliary of Doctors Hospital Health Careers Scholarship The Scholarship Fund of the Auxiliary of Doctors Hospital was developed by the Auxiliary Board of Directors in 1969. It was created to provide higher educational opportunities for worthy students in financial need intending to pursue careers in a healthcare field at a College/University or Vocational Technical Institute. Open to graduating seniors in Sarasota County, both public and private, and Sarasota County Technical Institute. Student must major in a health related field at a college/ university or vocational technical center, show evidence of financial need, and have a 3.0 unweighted GPA. Number of scholarships and amount vary each year. In 2013, fourteen scholarships at $3,000 and seven scholarships at $1,500 were given. http://doctorsofsarasota.com/util/documents/2016-scholarship-application-procedures.pdf Early April
Butterflies and Dreams Book Club Scholarship N/A Open to African American graduating seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA and prior or current enrollment in at least two college preparatory courses who plan to attend a post-secondary institution. Number and amount of awards depend on funds available. Mid March
Community Foundation of Sarasota County Scholarship Program (Database) The Community Foundation of Sarasota County believes an investment in education is an investment in our community's future. And we believe that all who wish to further their education and increase future potential for success should have an equal chance to take advantage of the opportunities available to them. These scholarships are open to deserving youth in public and private high schools in Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota counties to attend post- secondary institutions. Sarasota County graduates, who are in higher education institutions, may also apply. Financial need, initiative and the capacity to succeed in college or vocational school are the main criteria. In the 2012-2013 year, the Community Foundation awarded over $1,200,000 in new and renewal scholarships. Amount and number of receipts vary each year http://www.cfsarasota.org/bReceivebgrantsscholarships/Scholarships.aspx Varies
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship N/A Open to African American female high school graduates with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who plan to attend a postsecondary institution. Number and amount based on funds available. Application is available at: http://sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/pupi lsupportservices/scholarshipapplications.aspx Late March
Dougherty, Father Connie Scholarship Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County The Father Connie Dougherty Scholarship Fund may be used to further education at a college, university or institution of higher learning, including vocational training. Open to all Sarasota County public and private high school seniors planning to further their education at a college, university or institute of higher learning, including advanced vocational training. Sarasota County graduates, who are already in higher education institutions, may also apply. Primary selection criteria are financial need and concern for others. In 2013, ten scholarships of $3,000 each were awarded. Amount and number of recipients vary each year. https://www.cfsarasota.org/bReceivebgrantsscholarships/Scholarships/OtherScholarshipOpportunities.aspx Early April
Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Scholarship Scholarships are awarded to talented students of Sarasota County for undergraduate studies in the arts including visual arts, performing arts, music, creative writing, architecture, and related endeavours. Open to all schools in Sarasota County and to students who live in Sarasota County but may attend schools outside the county. Two year residency of Sarasota required. Number and amount of awards may vary. http://www.fineartssarasota.com/ Check website for deadline.
Florida Association of the Deaf (FAD) Scholarship N/A Open to high school seniors with a significant bilateral hearing loss who has a minimum 3.0 GPA and plans to attend full time at an accredited institution. Check website for additional eligibility criteria. Scholarship in the amount of $1000. Application will be available at www.fadcentral.org/fad-college-scholarships.html Early April
Florida State University Sarasota Seminole Club Scholarship Awards based on 50% on academics, 20% on extracurricular, and 30% on community service. Official trancripts and verification of community service (w/hours) must be provided. Open to high school seniors in Sarasota County public schools who are planning to attend FSU. A minimum of three scholarships of $500 each will be awarded. Application is available at: http://sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/pupi lsupportservices/scholarshipapplications.aspx Early April
Florida State University Service Scholar Program Scholarship N/A Open to high school graduates who have shown excellence in engagement to their community and have an interest in continuing to enhance their learning through service at FSU. Scholarship in the amount of $2400, renewable for four years. Application will be available at http://thecenter.fsu.edu/Scholarships-and-Recognition/Service-Scholars Check website for deadline
Hispanic/Latino Students Scholarships
Giving Matters Youth Philanthropy Leadership Award in Memory of Lois B. Green Scholarship The Giving Matters Youth Philanthropy Leadership Award in Memory of Lois B. Green is presented annually to recognize a female high school student in grades 10-12 for giving of her Time, Treasures, and Talents to the community. Open to Sarasota County female high school students. Number and amount based on funds available. Application will be available in November at www.cydonline.org Early February
Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Database) Gulf Coast awards scholarships from 50 scholarship funds to help local students of all ages pursue meaningful postsecondary education. Students must be accepted to or attending an accredited vocational school, college or university, or graduate institution to apply. Eligibility depends on the scholarship, but these scholarships are mainly openly to graduating Sarasota county high school students. Gulf Coast Community Foundation awarded 366 scholarships totaling $452,349, to 232 students for the 2013-14 academic year. Application will be available in January at http://www.gulfcoastcf.org/new_gulf.php Early March
Kappa Alpha Psi Project Guide Right, Inc. Scholarship Each year Sarasota/Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi - Project Guide, Inc. sponsors an annual awards banquet for four African American male students from Manatee/Sarasota schools who demonstrate academic achievement and economic need. Open to graduating African American males students from Manatee or Sarasota County with a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5. Must provide a letter of recommendation from school representative and an official transcript. Number and amount of scholarships awarded varies. Application is available at: http://sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/pupi lsupportservices/scholarshipapplications.aspx Mid February
Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key's Local Florida College and University Scholarship Program Scholarships sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key are awarded to Sarasota and Manatee students who will attend post-secondary institutions in Florida. Open to year-round residents of Sarasota or Manatee counties who are accepted to attend a 2 or 4 year post-secondary institution, preferably in Florida and demonstrate financial need. Award amount of $1000 to $2500. In 2013, twenty scholarships of $2000 each were awarded. Application is available at: http://sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/pupi lsupportservices/scholarshipapplications.aspx Application opens on the first day of May and closes on the last day of May.
Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key's Local Technical School Scholarship Program Scholarships sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key are awarded to Sarasota and Manatee students who are planning to attend a local technical institute. Open to year-round residents of Sarasota or Manatee counties who are planning to attend a local technicall school, show that he or she is trying to improve himself/herself either through job experience or any other evidence. Priority is given to work history, financial need, and evidence of interest. Award amount of $1250. In 2013, ten scholarships of $1250 each were awarded. Application is available at: http://sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/pupi lsupportservices/scholarshipapplications.aspx Application opens on the first day of May and closes on the last day of May. Application opens on the first day of May and closes on the last day of May.
Application opens on the first day of May and closes on the last day of May. N/A Open to seniors at Booker, Sarasota, Riverview, North Port, and Venice High, who have a cumulative GPA between 2.4 – 2.9 and plan to further their education in a community or four-year college. Minimum of two award of $2500 each. If additional money becomes available, more scholarships will be given. Organization will distribute applications directly to guidance offices in February. Mid April
Lou Komarov Memorial Scholarship The Komarov Lou Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of treasured colleague of Southern Trust Financial Planning Inc. Open to Sarasota County high school seniors with a minimum 2.75 GPA who consistently demonstrates outstanding character, and might not be able to pursue higher education without the scholarship. One award of $1000 per year. Renewable for each year of college up to a maximum of four years. Application is available at: http://sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/pupi lsupportservices/scholarshipapplications.aspx Mid March
Oaks Women's Club Scholarship N/A Open to all female seniors in Sarasota County high schools who have a GPA of at least 3.0 and plan an education at an accredited college or university. Other factors will include student need, test scores, community involvement, extra- curricular activities and demonstrated leadership. Number and amount of awards will be based on available funds. Application is available at: http://sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/pupi lsupportservices/scholarshipapplications.aspx Late January
Manatee Community Foundation Scholarships The Manatee Community Foundation offers many scholarships that target different groups of students. The list is updated frequently so check website frequently. Eligibility depends on each scholarship. Check website for eligibility. Check website for more details. Application is available at http://www.manateecf.org/Scholarships/ScholarshipList.aspx Check website for more details.
Manatee Education Foundation The Manatee Education Foundation is pleased to provide a directory of available scholarships provided by local service clubs, foundations, schools, businesses and organizations Eligibility depends on each scholarship. Check website for eligibility. Check website for more details. Applications are and will be at http://www.mefinfo.org/scholarships/ Check website for more details.
Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is a not-for-profit, private, industry-directed organization that dispenses undergraduate college scholarships and graduate fellowship assistance to talented men and women interested in graphic communication careers. The mission of the PGSF is "To strengthen the print and graphic communication industry by providing scholarship assistance." Scholarship awarded to high school graduating students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who plan a career in the graphic communications, printing technology, printing management or publishing who will be attending full time at an accredited Technical School, College or University. Number and amount of scholarships awarded may vary. Application is available online at www.pgsf.org Early April
Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Regions Bank (NYSE:RF) is offering high school seniors and college freshman, sophomore and juniors an opportunity to both celebrate the contributions of African-Americans, and earn money to attend college. High school seniors, who plan to attend an accredited college or university in states with Regions Banks, are eligible to apply for a $5,000 scholarship based on an essay about an African-American who has inspired them. College freshman, sophomores and juniors are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship based on an essay about an African-American who has inspired them and influenced their college career. Sixteen $5000 each scholarships Application is available online at http://ir.regions.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=820511 Late February
Sarasota Area Sports Alliance Scholarship The SASA College Scholarship Program is designed to provide college scholarships to local student-athletes based on sports participation, leadership, academics, community involvement and financial need. Unlike many college scholarships that are only available to incoming college freshman our scholarship program is designed to maintain a relationship with the student-athlete throughout college which helps ensure that they will have the financial means to complete their degree. Open to Sarasota County graduating high school student athletes with demonstrated athletic commitment, academic achievement, community involvement and financial need who plan to attend a two or four year accredited college in Fall 2015. Number and amount of awards depend on available funds. Application is available online at http://www.sarasotaareasportsalliance.org Late March
Sarasota County Gator Club Scholarship Sarasota County Gator scholarships are made possible with help from alumni and friends. Historically we have raised monies through raffles at our viewing parties, award money from our golf tournaments and of course individual donations from alumni and friends like yourself. Each year the club sponsors Sarasota County graduating high school seniors choosing to attend the University of Florida and current UF students. Open to graduating Sarasota County high school students who have been accepted to the University of Florida, Award is based upon school performance, community involvement, leadership positions, and written communication skills. Number and amount of awards depend on available funds. Application is available online at http://www.sarasotagatorclub.com/scholarships#.U7wA-lbC7G4 Mid April
Sarasota Garden Club Jean Hansen Natural Science Scholarship Sponsored by the Sarasota Garden Club, the Jean Hansen Natural Science Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school student in north Sarasota County, who plans to attend full time at an accredited univerity, majoring in natural science field. Open to north Sarasota County high school students who will attend full time at an accredited college or university with plans to major in a natural science field. One award in the amount $1000. Application is available online at http://www.sarasotagardenclub.org Early April
Sarasota Retired Education Association Scholarship N/A Open to all Sarasota County high schools. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior, have financial need, and demonstrate potential for effectiveness as a future teacher. Award amounts range from $500 to $1,000. Number of awards varies. Application is available at: http://sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/pupi lsupportservices/scholarshipapplications.aspx Mid January
Sarasota Yacht Club Foundation Scholarship Over the last two years, through contributions from Sarasota Yacht Club (SYC) members and the community, The Sarasota Yacht Club Charitable Foundation (SYCCF) has awarded $55,000 in scholarships in accordance with its Mission Statement. Open to Sarasota and Manatee County students who will attend full time at a secondary school in the U.S. to major in the Marine Sciences, including Environmental Sciences for the water, Marine Engineering or Seamanship. Applicant must demonstrate academic achievement, community involvement and financial need. 20 awards in the amount of $2,500 each. Application will be available in February at www.syccf.org Mid April
School District Administrators (SDA)- School Based Administrators (SBA) Scholarship The School District Administrators (SDA) and School Based Administrators (SBA) organizations of the Sarasota County School District are pleased to collaborate in offering scholarships to students who are graduating from Booker High, North Port High, Pine View School, Riverview High, Sarasota High, Suncoast Polytechnical High or Venice High in 2014 and are enrolling in a post-secondary institution. Open to graduating Sarasota County students that will enroll in a post- secondary institution. Award is based on academic success, community service and financial need. Award amount is $500-$1,000 per student. Number of awards based on funding available. Application is available at: http://sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/pupi lsupportservices/scholarshipapplications.aspx Late March
Scott, Janice M. Memorial Scholarship The Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to honor Mrs. Scott who was among the 125 individuals who perished in Pentagon during the attacks by terrorists on the morning of September 11, 2001. Open to high school seniors who will attend full time at a U.S. accredited four year college or university. Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident of U.S. with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who has demonstrated leadership abilities and meet financial need requirements. Number and amount of awards depend on available funds. Application is available at: http://sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/pupi lsupportservices/scholarshipapplications.aspx Late March
Selby Scholar Program Mr. and Mrs. Selby were very interested in helping local students with limited financial means pursue a higher education, with the goal of not only achieving a meaningful career but also of helping their community. Today, “Selby Scholars” are undergraduate students with exceptional potential who embrace Mr. and Mrs. Selby’s values of leadership and service. Student must be a permanent resident of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or DeSoto Counties, have financial need, 3.0 unweighted GPA, and evidence of personal growth. Scholarships will be awarded up to $7,000 per year, not to exceed one-third of the individual’s financial need. These awards are renewable, with certain requirements, for the four years the student is enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university. Application will be available in January at www.selbyfdn.org Early April
Southern Scholarship Foundation N/A A rent free housing scholarship program for students of outstanding academic ability who need substantial financial assistance to attend college. All applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Rent free housing scholarships awarded on 6 Florida campuses: Florida State University, Florida A & M , University of Florida, Santa Fe College, Tallahassee Community College, and Florida Gulf Coast. Scholarship is renewable each semester if student maintains Southern Scholarship Foundation expectations. Application is available online at www.southernscholarship.org No deadline
State College of Florida Foundation, Inc. N/A Open to Sarasota and Manatee County seniors, who will be attending State College of Florida. Check website for additional requirements Award number and amounts vary. Application is available online at http://www.scffoundation.net/scholarships/app lying.htm Check website for deadline.
The Jan La Belle Scholarship The Jan La Belle Scholarship Program was established in 2009 to provide a financial resource to individuals with disabilities who desire to pursue their personal and career goals through attendance at a postsecondary institution. Open to students with a disability who are Florida residents and are entering as a first time students at any institution of higher learning. Check website for additional requirements. Number of awards and amounts vary based on available funds. Application will be availble online at http://www.fndfl.org/programs/the-jan-La-belle-scholarship-program.aspx Mid November
The Woff Family Scholarship N/A Open to Sarasota County Public and Alternative High School seniors with a minimum 2.75 GPA, who consistently demonstrates outstanding character, and might not be able to pursue higher education without the scholarship. One award of $2,500 per year up to four years.
Renewable for up to a total of four years if the student meets continuing requirements.
https://sphscounselorscorner.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/the-wolff-family-scholarship/ Late March
University of South Florida Scholarships University of South Florida offers many different scholarships. Check website for further details. Open to students who will be attending USF. Additional eligibility depends on each scholarship. Check website for additional requirements. Award number and amounts vary. Application is available at http://usfweb2.usf.edu/finaid/scholarship_splas hpage.aspx Check website for deadline.
Vivian Scott Scholarship Program of Florida Association of State and Federal Education Program Administrators (FASEPA) N/A Open to high school seniors who are eligible got free/reduced price meals. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate a contribution to society, and plan to to attend an institution of higher learning. One award of $1000 http://www.fasfepa.net/ScholarshipsAwards/tabid/1057/Default.aspx Early April
Walton, Sam Scholarships Walmart, one of America’s largest corporations, is also one of the largest corporate supporters of educational scholarships. The Walmart scholarship programs offers help to those people who deserve to be on degree courses but they are unable to afford them. There are many scholarships funded by the organization; thus check website for the list of all the scholarships. Eligibility depends on each scholarship. Check website for eligibility. Award number and amounts vary. Application will be available at http://www.college-financial-aid-advice.com/sam-walton-scholarship.html Check website for deadline.
Woman's Exchange Inc. Scholarship The Woman’s Exchange’s application process begins Nov. 1 and closes on Jan. 31 of each year. The Woman’s Exchange has a firm deadline and therefore applications must be submitted in their entirety before 4:00 pm on Jan. 31. In April, the Board of Directors will notify all applicants via email as to whether or not they will be receiving a grant or scholarship. Applicants must be a resident of Sarasota or Manatee County.
Relatives of the Woman’s Exchange, board members, employees and their relatives are not eligible to apply.
Number and amount of awards based on funds available.
In the 2012-2013 school year, a total of $257,000 was awarded
Application will be available in November at www.sarasotawex.com Late January
Young Medical Professionals of Tomorrow Scholarship Young Medical Professionals of Tomorrow Scholarship is available to full-time college students, and high school seniors who are pursuing a course of study in a medical field, including those studying to become a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, anesthesiologist, radiologist, and all those nurse, physical therapist, anesthesiologist, radiologist, and all those Open to high school seniors who are pursuing a course of study full time in the medical field at an accredited two or four year college Four awards in the amounts of $2,500, $1,250, $750 and $500 https://www.cappex.com/scholarship/listings/Medical-Professionals-of-Tomorrow-Scholarship/-s-d-3603 Early December
DACA/Undocumented Students Scholarships***
A. Patrick Charnon Memorial Scholarship*** The scholarship was started by Patrick Charnon. He often challenged and supported his students. Above all, he respected them. He died in 1987 due to cancer. His legacy lives through the Charnon Memorial Scholarship. Friends and family continue to donate to the fund. Successful candidates are awarded the scholarship who demonstrates tolerance, compassion, and respect through their actions in their respective communities. Must value tolerance, compassion, and respect for all other people in their community and demonstrate their commitment to these values in a 500 to 1,000 word essay. Must also be admitted or enrolled full time in an undergraduate program in a 4-year U.S. college. $15,000 ($3,500 per year) If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please email scholarship@cesresour ces.org Early January Additional contact:
The Center for Education Solutions
P.O. Box 208
San Francisco, CA 94107-0208 Deadline: TBD
Phone #: (925) 934-7304
Golden Door Scholars*** Golden Door Scholars is a nonprofit built to dramatically expand educational opportunities, increase awareness and raise scholarship funds for high-performing undocumented students. Applicants can be current high-school students or recent graduates not enrolled in a four- year undergraduate program. Community college students are welcome to apply. Applicants must be eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. (National with a strong preference for candidates from NC and SC) Full tuition, room and board for a four-year degree Application will be available next fall at http://www.goldendoorscholars.org Check website for more details
Immigrant Youth Achievement Award*** The American Immigration Council’s Immigrant Youth Achievement Award program receives nominations from around the country each year and assembles a panel of judges who select one individual whose personal and professional accomplishments exemplify the positive contributions young immigrants make to our nation each and every day. • The honoree must be between the ages of 14 and 25 years of age on April 2017;
• The honoree must be an immigrant to the United States, including those who have become naturalized citizens;
• The accomplishments of the honoree must reflect more than personal success and should have evidence of a commitment to making a positive impact in their community or the world around them;
• The honoree must be willing and available to travel (at the American Immigration Council’s expense)
to Washington, DC for the awards ceremony on Thursday, April 7, 2016. The American Immigration
Council will cover the costs of travel and accommodations for the honoree, and for a parent or
guardian if the honoree is a minor.
1000Application will be available at http://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/events/IYAA Check website for more details
Le Petit Soldat Scholarship*** Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded each year to students enrolled in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters at any accredited American college, university or institution of higher education. We're aiming to give back by helping you relieve some of your financial burdens so that you can better focus on class; use this award towards tuition or books, fraternity or sorority dues, rent or mortgage, or even to buy your loved one a gift for helping you cram for that final last semester.
Any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in the Spring 2017 or Fall 2017 semester at any accredited American college, university or institution of higher education Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded, one for each semester http://lepetitsoldat.com/Scholarship-C359535.aspx May and December of each year
Maldef Dream Act Student Activist Scholarship Program*** MALDEF now offers a scholarship to support the nation’s college and graduate student leaders who have been outstanding advocates for the DREAM Act and all immigrant rights. • Be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student with a record of activism around immigrant rights and/or active in the Dreamer movement.
• Demonstrate academic merit and potential for academic success.
• Demonstrate financial need.
$1,000 - $5,000 Check the MALDEF website to see when the application will be available: http://www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/index.html Check website for more details
The Princeton Prize in Race Relations*** There is perhaps no greater challenge facing our country than increasing understanding and cooperation among people of different racial backgrounds. It is a challenge that every new generation encounters. We therefore believe that young people have a particularly important role to play, and hope, through the Princeton Prize, to recognize and encourage young people who have made or are making efforts to improve racial harmony. • Candidate must be in 9-12 grade.
• Candidate must be in 9-12 grade.
• Student must have created harmony and understanding among people of different races, thereby
having a positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities.
The Princeton Prize in Race Relations consists of regionally awarded $1,000 cash awards as well as an annual symposium on race. Application will be available at http://www.princeton.edu/pprize/ Late January (31)
Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship*** The “Que Llueva Café” Scholarship aims to support the dreams, hopes and aspirations of college bound undocumented students so that they can earn their college education and allow for all of their hard work and sacrifice to persevere. This scholarship program strives to make a world of difference. ¡Ójala que llueva café! Undocumented Latino students who seek financial aids to attend post-secondary institutions $500–$1,000 Application will be available at http://www.ca-core.org/que_llueva_cafe_scholarship_program Late February We evaluate each applicant holistically but there are three key areas of evaluation. They are:
(1) Your personal story, which takes into account financial need and other compelling challenges the applicant has had to endure;
(2) extra-curricular involvement, which includes anything you do outside of class like community involvement, work, and clubs; and
(3) Your academic promise, which is not limited to GPA or test scores but, more importantly, looks at your academic potential for the future.
SALEF's "Fulfilling Our Dreams Scholarship" SALEF's "Fulfilling Our Dreams Scholarship" fund is making higher education a reality for Central American and Latino students, including AB 540 students, with over 1,000 scholarships provided since 1998. SALEF's "Fulfilling Our Dreams Scholarship" Fund offers financial assistance and support to undergraduate, graduate and professional students, often making the difference in whether a student can attend college or not.
Be pursuing a health related field only
Be of Central American or other Latino ethnicity
Must demonstrate proven financial need
Must possess a minimum 2.5 GPA
Must demonstrate a history of community involvement
Must be either:
a) Graduating High School seniors
b) Current undergraduate, graduate, MPH, MD or Dentristry School
c) Community college students
d) Vocational/Trade school
Applicant must reside in the following areas:
a) Los Angeles Area
(Specifically Pico-Union, South Los Angeles, or surrounding areas)
1500 Check website for more details: http://www.salef.org/#!__programs 42566
The Dream.US ScholarshipTheDream.US provides college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who want to get a college education but cannot afford it. Our scholarships will help cover your tuition, fees, and books for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at our partner colleges with campuses in NYC, Miami, Washington D.C., El Paso, Rio Grande Valley, and Long Beach, or through Mount Washington College, a national online program. • Be a first time college student applying to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program at one of our partner colleges
• Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater (or equivalent GED score), and
• Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater (or equivalent GED score), and
• Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater (or equivalent GED score), and
• Be DACA eligible and have applied for or received DACA approval.
Up to $80,000 Application will be available this fall at http://thedream.us/scholars/ Late March
Univision's “Es El Momento” Scholarship*** “Es El Momento Scholarship” provides scholarships for Hispanic students, especially those that are undocumented, so that they'll be able to get to their dream schools and achieve a better future. • High school senior, community college student, or undergraduate student enrolled in a 4-year university
• Be a Latino/a student, have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00, and have a history of extracurricular activities.
Award amounts are $5000. Application will be available at https://www.scholarshipaid.net/app/univision/ Late November
Ayn Rand Essay Contests Ayn Rand’s novels are inspiring and intellectually challenging. But they can also be financially rewarding for high school and college students. The Ayn Rand Institute sponsors annual essay contests that offer 600 prizes and $100,000 in prize money every year. Check website for details. There are multiple contests, and each has its own requirements. Check website for more details. Applications and essay prompts are available at http://aynrandnovels.org/essay-contests.html Check website for more details.
Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program is a nomination-based award, and only one student per school may be nominated by their principal or guidance counselor. Leaders and Achievers, funded through the Comcast Foundation, recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership. To acknowledge these accomplishments, Leaders and Achievers are awarded one-time scholarships, with a base award of $1,000. • Full-time high school senior currently enrolled at a high school in a community served or approved by Comcast.
• Student grade point average of 2.8 or higher.
• Student demonstrates leadership abilities in school activities or through work experiences.
• Student shows a strong commitment to and involvement in community service.
• Student plans to attend an accredited, non-profit college, university or vocational/technical school in the United States.
• Student will need to complete and approve the terms and conditions set forth in the media release included as part of the scholarship acceptance form. If the nominee is not over the age of 18, the parent/guardian must complete and approve the terms and conditions set forth in the release.
Leaders and Achievers are awarded one-time scholarships, with a base award of $1,000. Application will be available at http://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/recognizing-the-best-and-brightest-nationwide December (Check website for more details)
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund We provide need-based grants to students who are able to do academic work at the college level and are actively working for peace and justice. Davis-Putter scholars are both graduate and undergraduate students and must be living in the U. S. and planning to enroll in an accredited school. Grantees must receive college credits for the time period covered by their grant. Early recipients fought for civil rights, against McCarthyism, and for peace in Vietnam. More recently, grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international, anti-imperialist solidarity. Must be living in the U. S. and planning to enroll in an accredited school. Grantees must receive college credits for the time period covered by their grant. Up to $10,000 Application will be available at http://www.davisputter.org/apply/ April 1 of each year (open Jan 1)
United States Institute of Peace Essay Contest For 27 years, the National Peace Essay Contest promoted serious discussion among high school students, teachers, and national leaders about international peace and conflict resolution today and in the future. Each year over 1,100 students submitted entries to USIP’s National Peace Essay Contest, while thousands more participated in related writing and other classroom exercises in high schools around the country. In grades nine through twelve in any of the fifty states,
the District of Colombia,
the U.S. territories,
OR if they are U.S. citizens attending high school overseas.
Check website for more details. Application will be available this November at http://www.usip.org/category/course-type/national-peace-essay-contest Check website for more details.
Undergraduate Scholarships
Axia Public Relations Scholarship This scholarship was established in 2013 by the Axia Public Relations firm to assist college students in their pursuit of careers in public relations. This scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate a passion for public relations as well as a dedication to professional ethics and excellence Be a junior or senior in good academic standing at an accredited university
Majoring in public relations, journalism, communications, advertising or marketing.
Previous public relations or related experience through volunteering, employment or an internship.
2000Application will be available at http://www.prssa.org/scholarships_competitions/individual/Axia/index.html Late May
John D. Graham Scholarship If you will be a public relations senior this fall, you are a candidate for the John D. Graham Scholarship. Winners are selected based on their academic achievement, leadership, practical experience and overall commitment to public relations. You must be enrolled in a journalism program, public relations studies or courses preparing for a career in public relations, and entering your senior year of undergraduate studies in fall after the application deadline to apply for this scholarship. Judges will be looking for the following qualities:
Academic achievement in public relations and overall studies.
Demonstrated leadership.
Practical experience in internships, other work/service.
Commitment to public relations, particularly as expressed in the candidate’s statements in the application form.
Writing skills demonstrated throughout the application form.
First place $3,000; two runners up $1,000 each Application will be available at http://www.prssa.org/scholarships_competitions/individual/graham/ Late May
Marcia Silverman Minority Student Award Recognizes a minority student heading into his or her senior year who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement as well as a commitment to public relations. Be enrolled in a journalism program, public relations studies or courses preparing for a career in public relations.
Be entering your senior year of undergraduate studies this fall.
Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Be of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry.
5000 Application will be available at http://www.prssa.org/scholarships_competitions/individual/silverman/ Late May
NAHJ Scholarships NAHJ offers scholarships for each school year to full-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in journalism in English or Spanish-language media, or both. The series of scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 have varying requirements and are open to students attending four-year and community colleges in the Unites States and Puerto Rico.

Since 1988, NAHJ has awarded about $1.6 million to more than 650 students.
Latinos pursuing journalism careers in different areas; Varies with each scholarship Varieshttp://nahj.org/scholarships/ Varies for each
scholarship, Check
websitre for details
Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award The PRSA Foundation created this award in honor of Ofield Dukes who died in 2011 and was an honorary trustee of the Foundation and a widely recognized leader in the public relations profession.This award recognizes young men and women for outstanding academic achievement. Be enrolled in a journalism program, public relations studies or courses preparing for a career in public relations.
Be entering your junior year of undergraduate studies this fall.
Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Demonstrate the commitment to service and social responsibility that Ofield Dukes personified
Be of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry.
1000Application will be available at http://www.prssa.org/scholarships_competitions/individual/dukes/index.html Late May
PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship Established in 1989 by PRSA’s Multicultural Affairs Committee, the PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship annually assists and recognizes young men and women for outstanding academic achievement and commitment to the practice of public relations. Two scholarships, each in the amount of $1,500, will be awarded to talented communications students who are of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry. All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students at accredited four-year colleges or universities, be at least junior status and at most have one full term remaining as of Fall 2011 and have earned a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale. 2 awards of $1500 Application will be available at http://www.prssa.org/scholarships_competitions/individual/diversity/index.html Late May
Robin M. Urbanski Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is designed to honor a student entering his or her junior or senior year at a four-year accredited institution for his/her mentoring of others and his/her commitment to public relations. Must be entering his or her junior or senior year in college in fall 2015
Must be a major in public relations, journalism, or a related field
Must be studying to prepare for a career in public relations
Must possess a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Must be attending a four year accredited institution
Must be in good standing as a member of a PRSSA Chapter
1000Application will be available at http://www.prssa.org/scholarships_competitions/individual/urbanski/ Early September (9)
Graduate Scholarships
Chester Burger Scholarship for Excellence in Public Relations This scholarship was created to encourage graduate public relations students to pursue careers in corporate public relations, with the goal of making the public relations function more essential to the successful achievement of corporate goals consistent with the public interest, the precepts of sound business and the needs of key stakeholders. Candidates must be enrolled or continuing in a graduate studies degree program in public relations, journalism or related fields, effective fall 2016. Candidates must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.
Candidates do not have to be a PRSSA member to apply. The award may be used at any U.S. college or university offering a graduate program in public relations or related field. Entries will be judged by a committee of three senior public relations professionals, each of whom will represent one of the three founding organizations for this award.
1000Application will be available at http://www.prssa.org/scholarships_competitions/individual/burger/index.html Mid June
George A. Strait Minority Scholarship George A. Strait Minority Scholarships are awarded annually to college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need. Applicants must be members of a minority group, degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and planning to pursue a career in law librarianship. Check website for more details. Application can be found at http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Member-Resources/scholarships/George-A-Strait-Minority-Scholarship Check website for more details.
HSF Scholarship Designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree Must be of Hispanic Heritage
Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students
Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students
Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year)
U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)
Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected. January 01, 2017 March 30, 2017 https://hsf.net/en/scholarships/programs/general-college-scholarships
LULF Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to undergraduate four-year college, and graduate students who meet the following criteria and abide by the following requirements Minimum cumulative GPA above 2.80 out of a 4.0 GPA Scale. Cumulative GPAs below 2.80 do not qualify for a scholarship.
Currently enrolled in an eligible bachelor’s or master’s degree program at an accredited four-year college or university. Eligible Degrees: all Bachelor degrees and Juris Doctor, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration/Policy, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy.
Completed at least one full-time year of study for undergraduate applicants, and at least one full-time semester of study for graduate applicants.
Must reside in the United States.
Check website to find application and more information: http://www.lulf.org/apply/
LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF) To help youth in underserved communities make the dream of college enrollment a reality. LNSF is a unique partnership between grassroots advocates and corporations that funds educational opportunities for deserving youth across the U.S. National Scholastic Achievement Awards ($2,000)
GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, and if the student is an entering freshman, 29 or higher on the ACT test, or 1350 or higher on the SAT test.
Honors Awards ($500 to $2,000)
GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, and if the student is an entering freshman, 23 or higher on the ACT test, or 1100 or higher on the SAT test.
General Awards ($250 to $1,000)
Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, an emphasis may be placed on the individual's motivation, sincerity, and community involvement.
See previous column Check website to check status: http://www.lnesc.org/lnsf
MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program MALDEF has always sought to support law students who seek to further MALDEF's mission of advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States through the legal profession. In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5-10 law school scholarships of $5,000 each to deserving law students from throughout the nation. MALDEF's Law School Scholarship Program is open to all law students currently enrolled full time at an accredited United States law school. Applicants are evaluated for their academic and extracurricular achievements, for their background and financial need, and, most importantly, for their demonstrated commitment to advancing Latino civil rights in their careers. $1,000 - $5,000 Check MALDEF website to see when the application will be available: http://www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/index.html The deadline for last year's program was late January. Check the website for more details.

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