Scholarship Deadline March 6

All scholarship applications must be completed by Monday, March 6, before midnight. Students can find the application on our website at, and they need to complete only one application to be considered for all Gulf Coast scholarships for which they qualify.

Through our scholarship program, Gulf Coast assists students of all ages in pursuing higher education at an accredited college, university, or technical school. Applicants must reside in Sarasota County, Charlotte County, or Boca Grande, and they must plan to attend a qualifying postsecondary institution during the 2017-18 academic year. Full requirements and other useful information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Last year, Gulf Coast awarded 451 scholarships totaling nearly $545,000. Since 1997, when our board of directors established the foundation’s scholarship program, we have awarded $6.7 million in scholarships.


When Civility Reigns, Even in a Storm

Published: Nearly a week since Hurricane Irma storm swept past our region, there remains much to do, to assess, and even to appreciate.

Hurricane Irma - Ways You Can Help

Published: As Hurricane Irma continues her northward path, emergency operations and public utilities workers on the ground in our region continue to assess and clear damage. We will know more in the coming days about the extent of Irma’s impact and resulting recovery needs in our community. Meanwhile, we know that communities throughout Florida will deal with varying degrees of destruction and need.

Gulf Coast Disaster Fund Activated

Published: Gulf Coast Community Foundation has activated the Gulf Coast Disaster Fund to support immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts in our region following Hurricane Irma.