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:  American Legion Auxiliary
Deadline:  March 1, 2022
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility:  Applicant must be related to a veteran. For eligibility requirements and to apply, go to https://floridalegion.org/. Choose Programs and Services, scroll down to Scholarships. Several scholarships are listed. Select one(s) for which you want to apply.
Number of Awards:  Varies
Award Amount(s):  1st – $2,500; 2nd – $1,500; 3rd – $1,000; 4th-7th – $500
Contact Information:  FloridaLegion.org. Click on Programs & Services tab, then select Scholarships. The General Scholarship and several additional scholarship opportunities are listed.

Name of Organization:  American Legion Auxiliary Kirby Stewart Unit 24
Deadline:  03/15/22
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility: Graduating seniors of Bayshore High School, Manatee High School, Bradenton Christian School. Scholarship may be used for undergraduate studies or training in a certified trade or technical program.
Number of Awards:  Varies
Award Amount:  $1,000 each
Contact Information:  Click here to visit the new American Legion Auxiliary Kirby Stewart Unit 24 scholarships webpage for more information.  Submit questions to unit24auxiliarypres@gmail.com. For information on national American Legion Auxiliary scholarships, go to www.alaforveterans.org/scholarships. The American Legion also offers scholarships at www.legion.org/scholarships.

Name of Organization:  American Road & Transportation Builders Association Foundation (ARTBA)
Deadline:  04/10/2022
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility: The 2022 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. Applications must be postmarked by April 10, 2022 and sent to Melanie Laird at ARTBA, 250 E Street SW, Ste 900, Washington DC 20024. Questions may be directed to Ms. Laird at mlaird@artba.org.
Number of Awards:  To be announced
Award Amount:  Up to $5,000 per year
Contact Information: The online link is at www.artbatdf.org. Select Foundation, then click on Scholarships.

Name of Organization:  Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
Deadline:  March 24, 2022
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility: The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is offering  scholarships to Manatee County graduating seniors seeking a four-year degree or seeking local trade or career focused education. For the application, go to Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce  or see your high school guidance counselor.
Number of Awards: Three one-time awards
Award Amount:  $1,000 each
Contact Information: Go to Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and select the Event and Scholarship tab the top of the page. Then select Event & Scholarship Forms from the dropdown menu.

Name of Organization:  Arts Advocates
Deadline:  03/01/2022
Area of Study:  Undergraduate studies in the fine arts including visual arts, performing arts, creative writing, architecture and related endeavors. 
Eligibility:  Go to  www.artsadvocates.org.  Click on “Philanthropy” at top of page, then select  “Scholarship Program” for full information on application process and requirements.
Number of Awards:  To be announced
Award Amount:  To be announced
Contact Information: E-mail to scholarship@artadvocates.o

Name of Organization:  Foundation for Excellence in Education
Deadline:  Spring 2022
Area of Study:  Visual and performing arts
Eligibility:  High school students who are graduating from a public, private, or virtual school or a home education program in Florida during the current academic year.
Number of Awards:  25
Award Amount:  $1,000 each
Application and Contact Information:  https://artsforlifeaward.org

Name of Organization:  Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Deadline:  02/15/2022
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility: Must be a graduating Black high school student who has been admitted to and registered in an accredited four (4) year college or university; Must possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; Must include a recent photo, copy of high school transcript, FAFSA Form. 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 Amount:  Varies
Contact Information:  Go to https://asalh-manasotafl.org/student-scholarships for online application and details. Submit by Feb. 15, 2022, to Mrs. Harriet A. Cowan, Scholarship Chair, Manasota ASALH, Inc.
hcowan4521@aol.com

Name of Organization:  Rays Baseball Foundation
Deadline:  To be announced
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility:  The Barry Jones Memorial Scholarship is made possible by the Rays Baseball Foundation and presented by Manatee Education Foundation. Applicant must be a graduating senior from a School District of Manatee County public high school planning to enroll in an accredited institution for 4-year or 2-year degree/program.  Go to https://mefinfo.org/ and choose the For Students tab for application and details.
Number of Awards:  One (1)
Award Amount:  $2,500 one-time award
Contact Information:  Manatee Education Foundation – Students & Families page.  Click the link on that page and scroll to the feature for this scholarship. For complete details and application form, please follow the instructions on the form. 

Name of Organization:  Bayshore High School Scholarships
Deadline:  Varies
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Various
Number of Awards:  Various
Award Amount(s):  Various
Contact Information:  Check your school website,  and type Scholarship Central into the “I’m looking for” search box at top. Or visit your school’s guidance office.

Name of Organization:  Braden River High School Scholarship
Deadline:  Varies
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Various
Number of Awards:  Varies
Award Amount(s):  Varies
Contact Information: Check your school website,  and type Scholarship Central into the “I’m looking for” search box at top. Or visit your school’s guidance office.

Name of Organization:  Bradenton Runners Club
Deadline:  02/15/2022
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 Amount:  Varies
Contact Information:  Bradenton Runners Club college scholarships webpage. Contact scholarships@bradentonrunnersclub.com

Name of Organization: CareerSource Suncoast
Deadline:  Open
Area of Study:  Various, to help students prepare for many careers, see the website and list at links below.
Eligibility:  View the eligible training provider list at:  https://bit.ly/csstrainingproviders
Award Amounts: Up to $5,000 per year for up to two (2) years
Contact Information:  A scholarship request is required. Follow this link to complete the CSS Scholarship Request:  https://careersourcesuncoast.com/scholarship/

Name of Organization:  DAR Osceola Chapter Scholarship
Deadline:  03/01/2023
Area of Study:  Not specified
Eligibility:  Be a citizen of the United States, including naturalized citizen; be a resident of Florida; be a current student at Manatee County high schools (Lakewood Ranch, Braden River, Manatee, Parrish); plan to attend an accredited college/university in the USA.

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Awards: $1,000
Contact Information:  Get the application form by email to osceolascholarship@gmail.com

Name of Organization:  Dr. Sherin Gipson Paraprofessional Scholarship from Suncoast
Deadline:  06/01/2022
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Application seeks specific information at https://careersourcesuncoast.com/scholarship
Awards: Up to $5,000 per year for up to two (2) years
Contact Information:  A scholarship request is required. Follow this link to complete the CSS Scholarship Request:  https://careersourcesuncoast.com/scholarship/

Name of Organization:  Elks Most Valuable Students (MVS)
Deadline:  Closed for 2022
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  View information at  www.elks.org/scholarsFor any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen. It is not necessary to be related to an Elk. For information and application go to www.elks.org/scholars.  Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, MVS scholarships for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a fulltime basis (minimum 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college/university. Scholarships are in the form or certificates of award conditional upon the fulltime enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university. The 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they will interview with the national judges, vying for awards of $20,000 to $50,000.
Number of Awards:  Varies
Award:  Varies from $1,000 to $12,500 per year
Contact Information:  Elks National Foundation – https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/MVS.cfm

Name of Organization:  Florida Engineering Society through the Florida Engineering Foundation Inc.
Deadline:  02/11/22
Area of Study:  Engineering
Eligibility:  Graduating senior planning to study engineering and pursue a career in engineering; US citizen/permanent resident (green card holder) at time of application; minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA based on 4.0 scale; attain at least minimum test score on SAT or ACT and submit ACT/SAT/AP/IB/AICE test score sheet; enroll in an engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); submit certified transcript.
Number of Awards:  Not specified
Award Amounts:  Total $36,000 among several scholars
Contact Information:  Click here to view the Florida Engineering Foundation Scholarships webpage, for application form and complete details for submission.

Name of Organization:  Italian Heritage Scholarship, Sons of Italy in America
Deadline:  03/15/2022
Area of Study:  Social Sciences
Eligibility: Student must be of Italian descent and a State of Florida resident; have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (unweighted); have a minimum SAT total score of 1100 or an ACT
composite score of 23; be accepted 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:  TBA
Award Amount:  $500 each
Contact Information:  Go to the website https://www.bradentonsdoi.org/scholarships.html Mail completed application, check list, essay, and all supporting documents to: Bradenton Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge Scholarship, Patricia Edwards-Chairperson, 2002 29th Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Phone 941-920-2031, email to daylandpatti@tampabay.rr.com.

Name of Organization:  Kids Chance of Florida
Deadline:  07/01/2022
Area of Study:  See downloadable application guidelines at Kids Chance of Florida website.
Eligibility:  Dependent children of a worker killed or seriously injured in a claim accepted as compensable under The Florida Workers’ Compensation Act (Chapter 440, Florida Statutes); the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. § 901 et seq.); or the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (5 U.S.C. Chapter 81); pursuing 2-year or 4-year program. Get all information and application documents at Kids Chance of Florida website.
Number of Awards:  Varies
Award Amount:  Varies
Contact Information:  Go to Kids Chance of Florida website or call (941)744-6455.

Name of Organization:  Lakewood Ranch High School Scholarship
Deadline:  Varies
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Varies
Number of Awards:  Varies
Award:  Varies
Contact Information: Check your school website,  and type Scholarship Central into the “I’m looking for” search box at top. Or visit your school’s guidance office.

Name of Organization:  Manatee Community Foundation
Deadline:  Varies, go toManatee Community Foundation
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Various
Number of Awards:  To be announced
Award Amount:  Varies among scholarships
Contact Information:  Manatee Community Foundation. Click on the Students tab.

Name of Organization:  Manatee County Historical Society
Deadline:  TBA
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Any senior graduating in Spring 2020 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, Volunteen duty at the Manatee Village Historical Park or Gamble Mansion, research into family and/or local history, a related class project, etc. 
Number of Awards:  One (1)
Award Amount:  $1,000 non-renewable
Contact Information: For information, go to https://manateecountyhistoricalsociety.org/college-scholarships/ 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 Democratic Women’s Club of Florida Marge Kinnan & Shirley Snyder Scholarships 
Deadline:  00/00/2021
Area of Study:  STEM and other areas
Eligibility:  Manatee County  resident  at least 17 years old and registered in Florida as a Democrat (MUST submit copy of  voter registration card); minimum 3.0 GPA (submit official transcript); enrolling in post-secondary education;  submit essay  (250 words maximum) on education (see details on information page  available from Club); demonstrate financial need (tax return or current financial statement); two (2) letters of recommendation from civic leaders, political leaders, and/or academic personnel who are familiar with your abilities and achievements.
Number of Awards:  One (1)
Award Amount:  $1,000 each
Contact Information: E-mail dwcmanatee@gmail.com or check website The Democratic Women’s Club of Manatee County

Name of Organization:  Manatee Retired Educators AssociationDeadline:  01/20/2022Area of Study:  EducationEligibility:  Seniors graduating from accredited Florida high school and planing to become a teacher in Florida; unweighted GPA 3.0 or higher; SAT minimum score 1000 or ACT minimum score 22 Number of Awards:  To be announced >Award:  To be announcedContact Information: Karla Brogdon at brogdon1@msn.com or at (941) 722-4692. Get application and full details from your school guidance office

Name of Organization:  Manatee High School Scholarship
Deadline:  Varies
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Various
Number of Awards:  Various
Award:  Various
Contact Information: Check your school website,  and type Scholarship Central into the “I’m looking for” search box at top. Or visit your school’s guidance office.

Name of Organization:  Manatee River Garden Club Scholarship
Deadline:  04/01/2022
Area of Study:  Environmental Studies, Horticulture, Biology, or related field
Eligibility:  Manatee County high school senior
Number of Awards:  TBA
Award:  TBA
Contact Information:  Manatee River Garden Club. Select Grants/Scholarships/Awards.

Name of Organization:  Matthew Carter Scholarship by Gamma Xi Boulé
Deadline:  04/15/2022
Area of Study:  Must major in one of the following: finance, science, social science, math, health, health management, arts, humanities, or attend trade/technical school leading to a certification. For details go to  Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation.
Eligibility:  Graduating high school seniors in Manatee or Sarasota counties for academic or technical/trade school expenses; GPA of 3.0 or higher if applying for college; GPA of 2.0 or higher if applying for trade/technical School; proof of enrollment in a 4-year accredited college/university or a technical/trade school leading toward a certification. Full details, requirements and submission instructions at Gamma Xi Boule Foundation
Number of Awards:  One (1)
Award:  $4,000 renewable yearly
Contact Information:   Apply online at Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation  and select Matthew Carter Scholarship. Questions should be emailed to the scholarship committee at gammaxifoundation@gmail.com or mailed to: Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 20117, Bradenton, FL 34204.

Name of Organization:  The Mark Wandall Foundation
Deadline:  03/31/2022
Eligibility: Graduating seniors or young adults (age 25 and younger) who are residents of the state of Florida seeking post secondary education and who have also experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or guardian. 
Number of Awards:  TBD
Award:  TBD 
Contact Information:  Apply online or learn more at https://www.themarkwandallfoundation.org/scholarship-program/

Name of Organization:  New College of Florida – Scholarships for Florida Freshmen
Deadline:  Go to New College of Florida – Scholarships
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Click on   New College of Florida – Scholarships  for information about guaranteed scholarships, freshman scholarships and other opportunities.
Number of Awards:  To be determined
Award:  To be determined
Contact Information:  New College of Florida – Scholarships website page

2Name of Organization:  Palmetto High School Scholarship
Deadline:  Varies
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Various
Number of Awards:  Various
Award:  Various
Contact Information: Check your school website,  and type Scholarship Central into the “I’m looking for” search box at top. Or visit your school’s guidance office.

Name of Organization:  Parrish Community High School
Deadline:  Varies
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Various
Number of Awards:  Various
Award:  Various
Contact Information:  Check your school website,  and type Scholarship Central into the “I’m looking for” search box at top. Or visit your school’s guidance office.

Name of Organization:  Polish American Association of Sarasota
Deadline:  04/01/2022
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Graduating senior from Manatee or Sarasota Counties; GPA at least 3.5 (transcript required); Polish ancestry of at least one parent; requires essay and interview; full details at https://www.polishsarasota.org/
Number of Awards:  To be announced
Award:  To be announced
Contact Information:  Go to https://www.polishsarasota.org/ for all eligibility and submission details.

Name of Organization:  Sara de Soto NSDAR 
Deadline:  May 15, 2022
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility:  Manatee County student planning to pursue degree from accredited college or trade school; permanent resident or work in Sarasota or Manatee counties, or member of Chi Chi Okobee Chapter of C.A.R. 
Number of Awards:  One (1)
Award:  $1,000
Contact Information: Info and application at Sara De Soto NSDAR Chapter https://www.fssdar.com/SaraDeSoto

Name of Organization:  William G. and Marie Selby Foundation 
Deadline:  03/01/2022
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility:  Full details at William G. and Marie Selby Foundation and select Scholarships. 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 2020; have a cumulative unweighted  GPA of at least 3.0; demonstrate financial need; and are pursuing a bachelor’s degree fr0m accredited college.university on a full time basis.
Number of Awards:  Forty (40)
Award:  Varies depending on need ($7,000/year maximum). Renewable for 4 years (maintain 3.0 GPA to renew; amount recalculated each year).
Contact Information: Kiarra Womack, 941-957-0442; kwomack@selbyfdn.org

Name of Organization:  Southeast High School
Deadline:  Varies
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Various
Number of Awards:  Various
Award:  Various
Contact Information:  Check your school website,  and type Scholarship Central into the “I’m looking for” search box at top. Or visit your school’s guidance office.

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 , click on Scholarships menu. Or Aretha Kutegeka At 941-752-5390,  FoundationScholarships@SCF.edu

Name of Organization:  Suncoast Credit Union Scholars, Manatee County
Deadline:  03/31/2023
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:Graduating senior attending a public or private school or be homeschooled; Demonstrated financial need; Enrolled in accredited 4-year college/university, 2-year college or technical school in Florida; Begin post-secondary school in 2023-20243 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 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:  TBA
Award:  TBA
Contact Information:  Visit our Students page for the scholarship application portal to complete and submit application

Name of Organization:  National Sons of the American Revolution (Enhanced JROTC Program Scholarship)
Deadline:  TBA 2022
Area of Study:  General
Eligibility:  See link below for application information, eligibility requirements and contact information. The school’s Senior Military Instructor is asked to 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:   webpage. Or, contact your school Guidance office and/or the school’s Senior Military Instructor. Click here for the application and instructions.

Name of Organization:  The Exchange (Woman’s Exchange, Inc.)
Deadline:  01/31/22
Area of Study:  Visual or Performing Arts
Eligibility:  Open this year only to past recipients for renewal. Full details and application form appear at Woman’s Exchange, Inc. – Grants & Scholarships
Number of Awards:  To be announced
Award:  To be announced
Contact Information:  Woman’s Exchange, Inc. – Grants & Scholarships webpage

Name of Organization:  The George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest
Deadline:  00/00/2021
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

Name of Organization:  The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest
Deadline:  05/15/22
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:  Varies
Award:  National awards — First place $6,000, Second place $4,000, Third place $2,000, all other state contestants making it to national competition $200 each.
Contact Information:  Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest webpage for Applicant Form and Sponsoring SAR Form Instructions download

Name of Organization:  The Links Incorporated Higher Education Scholarship
Deadline:  Closed for 2022
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 in the fall semester following high school graduation; 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. 
Number of Awards:  Varies each year
Award:  Varies
Contact Information:  Go to www.bslinksinc.org and select Scholarships for the detailed information, including application form. 

Name of Organization:  Women of Manatee County Republican Club
Deadline: 04/01/22 
Area of Study: Scholarship intended to promote voter awareness of local, state and federal political environment and self-supporting ethics in our communities.
Eligibility:  Seniors in Manatee County high school  for at least 2 years (3.0 or higher GPA) and older “gap” students; US citizen registered as Republican voter or if underage have parent /guardian registered as Republican in the State of Florida for at least one year; be enrolled or accepted in a college, university, or trade school in Manatee County (documented acceptance/enrollment) and carry at least 12 credit hours per semester; submit  letters of recommendation from graduating high school official or higher education administrator and a Manatee County resident not related to applicant; submit transcript from school with brief biographical essay (include community activities, major, and how you plan to use your educational skills and goals; submit essay of 250-300 words to include 2 major economic topics of Capitalism vs. Socialism and what impact they have in our country/community.
Number of Awards:  To be announced.
Award:  $TBA
Contact Information:  Women of Manatee County Republican Club, attn Donna Fournier – President, 6819 10th Ave. W, Bradenton FL 34209

Name of Organization:  Women of the Moose Chapter 1601
Deadline:  00/00/2021
Area of Study:  Various
Eligibility:  Graduating senior, GPA at least 2.5; enroll as a fulltime undergraduate student (minimum 12 credit hours per semester) in a Florida post-secondary community college, vocational-technical school or state private educational institution. Submit: completed typed/printed application, one-page biographical sketch (goals, community and school activities), 3 letters of recommendation (from an adviser or counselor, from a teacher, and one from a non-family member), official transcript, offical copy of SAT or ACT scores, evidence of acceptance to college.
Number of Awards:  Varies
Award:  $1,000
Contact Information:  Email to Chapter1601@moosesunits.org. Mail application materials to: WOTM Chapter 1601, PO Box 328, Bradenton Beach FL 34217-0328.