The Scholarship Source

The Scholarship Source

A List of Scholarships Available to Our Students

The Manatee Education Foundation is pleased to provide a directory of available scholarships provided by local service clubs, foundations, schools, businesses and organizations. The Scholarship Source is sponsored by Manatee Community Foundation. Scholarships are listed in alphabetical order by the name of each presenting organization. Click the organization titles to view the details for each scholarship listed.

Name of Organization:  Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation of Manatee
Deadline:  04/20/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Open to African American and Hispanic males residing in Manatee County or Sarasota; must attend a high school in either Manatee or Sarasota county; must be enrolling in a two- or four-year college for the fall 2018 semester; include resume and photo with application. Submit a well developed essay of not more than three (3) pages answering these questions: What are your short- and long-range goals? How will your course of study facilitate reaching these goals? How will your plans provide for impacting social issues in a positive way? Describe your achievements to date: success at school, service to your community. State your financial need, including: how the scholarship will impact financing your education and personal circumstances limiting your ability to completely finance your education. Submit forms completed by high school counselor and a teacher.
Number of Awards:  Varies
Award:  Varies
Contact Information:  Visit your high school guidance counselor’s office for forms and full instructions for submitting your completed application packet to:  Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation of Manatee, Inc., 7282 55th Avenue East, PMB 188, Bradenton, FL 34203.

Name of Organization:  American Legion Auxiliary
Deadline:  03/01/2019
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility:  Florida high school senior who is a direct descendent of a U.S. veteran who is a member in good standing of the American Legion; a U.S. veteran who is eligible to be a member of the American Legion; or a deceased U.S. veteran who would have been eligible for membership in The American Legion. Submissions must be typed. Applicant must supply the veteran’s documentation as instructed on the application obtained at FloridaLegion.orgalong with  a letter of recommendation from the school or community and the completed questionnaire.
Number of Awards:  Various
Award:  Range from $500 to $2,500
Contact Information:  FloridaLegion.org. Click on Programs & Services tab, then select Scholarships. Additional scholarship opportunities are listed.

Name of Organization:  American Road & Transportation Builders Association Foundation
Deadline:  04/04/2018
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility:  The 2018 Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program provides post-high school financial assistance to the children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job. Scholarships have a value of up to $5,000 per year. Applications must be postmarked by April, 6, 2018, and sent to Eileen Houlihan, Scholarship Program Manager, at ARTBA, 1219 28th St, N.W., Washington, DC 2007. If you have questions, please email Eileen at ehoulihan@artba.org. Click the link below to access the online scholarship application.
Number of Awards:  No limit
Award:  $5,000 per year
Contact Information:  American Road & Transportation Builders Association – Scholarship & Awards.

Name of Organization:  Anna Maria Island Chamber Scholarship
Deadline:  04/30/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is again offering four (4) $1,000 scholarships to four (4) Manatee County graduating seniors seeking Business degrees. Please download the application below. We are accepting applications through April 30, 2018. The recipients will be notified by phone in mid-May. The scholarship awards will be presented at our Business Card Exchange in May 2018. We ask you to be present to receive your scholarship.
Number of Awards:  Four (4)
Award:  $1,000 Awards
Contact Information:  Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce

Name of Organization:  Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Deadline:  02/15/2019
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Must be a graduating African American high school student who has been admitted to and registered in an accredited college or university; must possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities; must submit a recent photo, copy of high school transcript, financial aid forms and all other supporting documents; must provide three (3) letters of recommendation from non-family members with at least one from your school (letters must include addresses and telephone numbers of persons providing references). Your complete application will include a typed essay answering questions listed by the Association (available at your school guidance counselor’s office). An interview with the Scholarship Committee will be arranged prior to the final award.
Number of Awards:  Varies
Award:  Varies
Contact Information:  Obtain full instructions and forms from your high school guidance counselor’s office. Submit completed application documents electronically (as pdf file) by Feb. 15, 2019, to brice51@aol.com.

Name of Organization:  Barry Jones Memorial Scholarship
Deadline:  04/13/2018
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility:  The Barry Jones Memorial Scholarship is made possible by the Rays Baseball Foundation and presented by Manatee Education Foundation. Student must be a graduating senior from a School District of Manatee County public high school. The minimum cumulative grade point average to qualify for this scholarship is 2.5. Student must plan to enroll in an accredited four-year institution, or an accredited two-year program leading to a four-year undergraduate degree, or an accredited two-year degree program, or a full time job preparatory program at an accredited trade or technical school. Candidates will be evaluated on academic performance, financial need, involvement in school and community activities. Student must submit a completed application to the Manatee Education Foundation. See application for complete details.
Number of Awards:  One (1)
Award:  $2,500
Contact Information:  Manatee Education Foundation – Students & Families page. Click on this title for a link to the PDF application form: Barry Jones Scholarship Application 2018.

Name of Organization:  Bayshore High School Scholarship
Deadline:  00/00/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Various
Number of Awards:  Various
Award:  Various
Contact Information:  Check your school website and/or visit your school’s guidance office.

Name of Organization:  Braden River High School Scholarship
Deadline:  00/00/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Various
Number of Awards:  Various
Award:  Various
Contact Information:  Braden River High School – Scholarship Central.

Name of Organization:  Bradenton Runners Club
Deadline:  02/01/2018
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility:  Manatee County Senior Cross Country or Track runner with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Number of Awards:  Varies each year
Award:  Various
Contact Information:  Bradenton Runners Club college scholarships webpage.

Name of Organization:  Elks Most Valuable Students (MVS)
Deadline:  11/27/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Open to any high school senior who will graduate in 2018 and who is a U.S. citizen. For information and application go to www.elks.org/scholars. The 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.
Number of Awards:  Varies
Award:  Various, as described above.
Contact Information:  Elks National Foundation – Scholarship Programs.

Name of Organization:  Florida Engineering Society through the Florida Engineering Foundation Inc.
Deadline:  02/09/2018
Area of Study:  Engineering
Eligibility:  Graduating senior planning to study engineering and pursue a career in engineering.
Number of Awards:  Undefined
Award:  $30,000
Contact Information:  Click here to view the Florida Engineering Foundation Scholarships webpage.

Name of Organization:  Italian Heritage Scholarship, Sons of Italy in America
Deadline:  04/01/2018
Area of Study:  Social Sciences
Eligibility:  It is the goal of the Order of the Sons of Italy to promote, enhance, and encourage the studies of Italian heritage and culture. This scholarship is designed to benefit worthy students of Italian descent that display academic excellence and leadership qualities. Requires complete application form and 750-word composition entitled “What My Italian Heritage Means to Me”; minimum GPA 3.0 (unweighted); minimum SAT score 1100 OR minimum ACT Composite score 23; acceptance as a full time student at an accredited junior college, college or university, and must enroll immediately following graduation from a Manatee County High School.
Number of Awards:  Unspecified
Award:  Unspecified
Contact Information:  Mail completed application, check list, essay, and all supporting documents to: Bradenton Sons of Italy Lodge Scholarship, Patricia Edwards-Chairperson, 2103 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Phone 941-792-9169, email to bradentonsoi@gmail.com,  Bradenton Sons of Italy Lodge 2782 on Facebook.

Name of Organization:  Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Foundation
Deadline:  05/31/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Application window May 1-31, 2018, with postmark no later than May 31, 2018. Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Foundation is offering scholarships to eligible students attending local Florida colleges and universities. Please note that ALL of the information has to be included to qualify for consideration and scholarship award. Open to anyone accepted to regionally accredited post-secondary institution on full time basis (minimum 12 hours undergraduate), must demonstrate financial need, must be a year-round resident of Manatee or Sarasota Counties.
Number of Awards:  Varies
Award:  Unspecified
Contact Information:  Longboat Key Kiwanis Club scholarships webpage. Click the scholarships link to download the application form and instructions. Or, visit the Guidance office at your school. The completed application packet should be mailed to: Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Foundation, Attn-Scholarship Committee, PO Box 8097, Longboat Key FL 34229. If you have questions, please call 941-374-5819.

Name of Organization:  Lakewood Ranch High School Scholarship
Deadline:  00/00/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Varies
Number of Awards:  Varies
Award:  Varies
Contact Information:  Also accessible through Lakewood Ranch High School website, Students page. On the Students page, select Career & College, then choose 2017-18 Scholarship List.

Name of Organization:  MacDill Officers’ Spouses’ Club Scholarships
Deadline:  03/23/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Open to eligible military dependents; find requirements and application at www.macdillosc.com under the Philanthropy tab. Submit completed applications to Scholarship Committee, postmarked no later than March 23.
Number of Awards:  To be announced
Award:  Varies
Contact Information:  Click here to view the MOSC Scholarships webpage. Email to  scholarship@macdillosc.com.

Name of Organization:  Manatee Community Foundation
Deadline:  04/13/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Various
Number of Awards:  To be announced
Award:  Up to $2,000
Contact Information:  Manatee Community Foundation. Click on the Scholarships tab.

Name of Organization:  Manatee County Historical Society
Deadline:  04/13/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Any senior graduating in Spring 2018 from a high school in Manatee County, FL. A strong interest in local history should be demonstrated by the applicant. This may be demonstrated by participation in the Manatee County History Fair, volunteer duty at the Manatee Village Historical Park or Gamble Mansion, research into family and/or local history, a related class project, etc. This interest should be continued in college, either in the major or minor field of study.
Number of Awards:  One (1)
Award:  $1,000 non-renewable
Contact Information:  See Guidance. Completed applications may be mailed to: Manatee County Historical Society, Attn: Roger Williams – Scholarship Chair, 4501 Manatee Avenue West, #234, Bradenton, FL 4209-3952.

Name of Organization:  Manatee County Retired Educators Association
Deadline:  00/00/2018
Area of Study:  Education
Eligibility:  Seniors attending any Manatee County high school.
Number of Awards:  To be announced
Award:  To be announced
Contact Information:  Contact your high school Guidance office.

Name of Organization:  Manatee Democratic Women’s Club of Florida
Deadline:  03/01/2019
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Manatee County 17 year old resident, who will be 18 by May 1, 2019, and be registered in Florida as a Democrat (if age 18 or older) or have a parent that is a registered Democrat. Applicant MUST submit a copy of her/his voter registration card or parent’s voter registration card showing Democratic status. Official transcript of credits from high school where you are currently enrolled MUST be included with application. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA; submit a 150-200 word essay on either “The Role of Education in My Future” or “The Relationship Between Education and Democracy,” with sources cited; and three letters of recommendation. demonstrate financial need, as follows: Indicate how this scholarship will be of benefit you in the coming year. List any other scholarships or grants already received. (Such grants will NOT preclude your receiving this award if the scholarship committee considers you a promising recipient.) Explain the need for financial assistance: A financial statement of parents and /or student, such as FAS or 2015 income tax form, MUST be attached to show financial need. Three letters of recommendation from any of the following: civic leaders, political leaders, and/or academic personnel who are familiar with your abilities and achievements, MUST be included with application.
Number of Awards:  One (1)
Award:  $1,000 each
Contact Information:  The Democratic Women’s Club of Manatee County. Send completed application materials to: Pat Benson , 1406 90th Ct. NW, Bradenton, FL 34209.

Name of Organization:  Manatee High School Scholarship
Deadline:  03/01/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Various
Number of Awards:  Various
Award:  Various
Contact Information:  Check scholarships on your school website and/or contact your school Guidance office.

Name of Organization:  Manatee River Garden Club Scholarship
Deadline:  05/01/2018
Area of Study:  Environmental Studies, Horticulture, Biology
Eligibility:  Undefined
Number of Awards:  One (1)
Award:  $500
Contact Information:  Manatee River Garden Club. Select Learnings and Links tab. For further information, call Sandie Smith at 941-776-7528 or email sossandie123@gmail.com.

Name of Organization:  Matthew Carter Scholarship by Gamma Xi Boulé
Deadline:  03/16/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Awarded directly to high school seniors for academic or technical/trade school expenses; award issued upon proof of enrollment in a 4-year accredited college/university or a technical/trade school leading toward a Certification. Eligibility based on successful graduation from high school. Criteria to apply for the scholarship includes the following: 1. Must be a graduating high school student; 2. Resident of Sarasota, Manatee, or Charlotte County; 3. GPA of 3.0 or higher for college; GPA of 2.0 or higher for Trade/Technical School; 4. Major in Business, Finance, Science, Social Science, Math, Health, Health Management, Arts, Humanities or attend a Technical/Trade School leading to a certification; 5. Must submit an official high school transcript; 6. Two letters of recommendation, including one from a school faculty member; 7. Must submit evidence of leadership through work, school and/or community service activities; 8. A maximum one-page, typed statement on why you want to earn a degree or attend a Technical/Trade School. Tell us why financial assistance is required. 9. Must present proof of admission/acceptance into a two- or four-year post-secondary institution or Technical/Trade School in the US at the time of the scholarship award.
Number of Awards:  Varies annually
Award:  $1,000 each
Contact Information:   Applications will be accepted on-line, go to Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation  and select Matthew Carter Scholarship. Questions and completed application packets should be emailed to the scholarship committee at gammaxifoundation@gmail.com or mailed to: Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., P.O. Box 20117, Bradenton, FL 34204.

Name of Organization:  New College of Florida – Scholarships for Florida Freshmen
Deadline:  04/15/2019
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  First-time-in-college student admitted to New College for Fall 2019. U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident Alien, or eligible non-citizen.
Number of Awards:  To be determined
Award:  To be determined
Contact Information:  New College of Florida – Scholarships website page.

Name of Organization:  Palmetto High School Scholarship
Deadline:  00/00/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Various
Number of Awards:  Various
Award:  Various
Contact Information:  Check your school website and/or contact your school Guidance office.

Name of Organization:  William G. and Marie Selby Foundation 
Deadline:  04/01/2019
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility:  Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto County students who have either just graduated from high school or are graduating with an Associate’s degree in Spring 2019; have a cumulative unweighted  GPA of at least 3.0; demonstrate financial need; and are pursuing a bachelor’s degree on a full time basis.
Number of Awards:  Forty (40) finalist awards, 20 semi-finalists
Award:  Up to $7,000/year for each finalist, renewable for 4 years; $1,000 for semi-finalist, non-renewable
Contact Information:  William G. and Marie Selby Foundation – Scholarship Program webpage.

Name of Organization:  State College of Florida Foundation
Deadline:  Varies per scholarship
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Complete one application for over 175 different types of scholarships available.  Minimum requirements: 2.0 GPA and enrolled six semester hours. Apply any time.
Number of Awards:  700+
Award:  Varies, up to $1,500/year for full-time students
Contact Information:  State College of Florida Foundation – Scholarship Opportunities list webpage.

Name of Organization:  Suncoast Credit Union Scholars, Manatee County
Deadline:  03/31/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Graduating senior; demonstrated financial need; enrolled in accredited 4-year college/university, 2-year college or technical school in Florida; begin post-secondary school in 2018-19 academic year; use scholarship funds for tuition, required educational institutional fees, and/or other direct course related expenses required of all students enrolled in the course of instruction; NOT to be directors, employees, or family members of directors or employees of Suncoast Credit Union, Members Title Company, Members Insurance Services, Members Trust Company or Suncoast Realty Solutions LLC.
Number of Awards:  Three (3)
Award:  $2,000
Contact Information:  View our Students page for the current application form. Manatee Education Foundation, Email: wattersona@manateeschools.net.

Name of Organization:  The Enhanced JROTC Program Scholarship
Deadline:  02/01/2018
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility:  See link below for application information, eligibility requirements and contact information. The Saramana Chapter asks that the schools Senior Military Instructor make sure that their nominee meets the program criteria before it is submitted to the chapter.
Number of Awards:  Three (3)
Award:  Chapter Award of up to $1,000 for the Chapter winner, State Award $1,000, National Award $1,000
Contact Information:  Saramana Chapter Operating Trust Fund – JROTC Contest webpage. Or, contact your school Guidance office and/or the school’s Senior Military Instructor.

First Place State Award of $700, and First Place National Award of $2,000. Other awards for 2 & 3 places.Name of Organization:  The George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest
Deadline:  12/31/2018
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility:  The contest is open to all students of the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes (Grades 9-12). See link below for application information, eligibility requirements and contact information.
Number of Awards:  One (1)
Award:  Chapter Award of up to $200 for the Chapter winner, First Place State Award of $700, and First Place National Award of $2,000
Contact Information:  SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) – George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest webpage, www.flssar.org.

Name of Organization:  The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest
Deadline:  11/01/2018
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Open to all students (grades 9 to 12) in public, parochial, private, and home schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
Number of Awards:  Three (3)
Award:  Chapter Award of up to $1,000 divided among the top 3 contestants, First Place State Award $1,000, First Place National Award $4,000
Contact Information:  Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest webpage for Applicant Form and Sponsoring SAR Form Instructions downloads.

Name of Organization:  The Links Incorporated Higher Education Scholarship
Deadline:  03/15/2019
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Open to full-time minority students pursuing undergraduate degrees at accredited colleges or universities in the United States. Applicant must be an African American graduating senior planning to attend an accredited post-secondary Institution for the 2018-19 school year; must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 4.0 cumulative GPA on a 5.0 scale; must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities; must reside in Manatee or Sarasota Counties; must be a United States citizen.  Application must be postmarked on or before March 15, 2019.
Number of Awards:  Varies each year
Award:  Varies
Contact Information:  Contact Guidance at your high school and/or check your high school’s online listing of scholarships. Contact The Links at: Bradenton/Sarasota (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, P.O. Box 50941, Sarasota FL 34232-0307, Application must be postmarked on or before March 15, 2019. Email: bradsarafl@bradentonsarasotalinksinc.org.

Name of Organization:  The Exchange (Woman’s Exchange, Inc.)
Deadline:  01/31/2019
Area of Study:  Visual or Performing Arts
Eligibility:  Manatee or Sarasota County high school seniors. Two (2) letters of recommendation and an essay are required.
Number of Awards:  To be announced
Award:  To be announced
Contact Information:  Woman’s Exchange, Inc. – Grants & Scholarships webpage.  Click on the scholarship and grant information and form download links.  www.sarasotawex.com – Click on Grants and Scholarships and download links. Cycle will be available online at www.sarasotawex.com in November of 2018