2023-2024 applications are currently closed

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Applications for 2023-2024 are currently closed.



Matching Students with Their Dreams

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s scholarship program helps students of all ages pursue their dreams of a better life—for themselves and their families—through education. At the same time, it ensures that our region prepares the skilled workforce we need for the future. Since 1997, together with our donors, we have invested more than $10 million in promising students through scholarships.


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Gulf Coast awards scholarships to assist students from Sarasota County, Charlotte County, and Boca Grande in pursuing higher education at accredited postsecondary institutions (universities, two- and four-year colleges, and technical schools). 

Scholarship funds established by our donors reflect their individual interests and values. They may be designated to support a particular field of study, to assist students from a specific community or school, and more. To learn about establishing a scholarship fund, go here.

Our annual scholarship application is typically available early in the calendar year, and scholarships awards are announced in late spring. Scholarships are awarded from more than 60 different charitable funds administered by Gulf Coast, including:

  • AAUW Venice Scholarship Fund
  • Lemon Bay American Legion Scholarship Fund
  • Garald and Dorothy Allen Charitable Fund
  • Michael Bingamen Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Patricia Bradley Venice Nokomis Elks 1854 Scholarship Fund
  • Walter and Virginia Chaddock Scholarship Fund
  • Wellington Chen M.D. Student Healthcare Scholarship Fund
  • EYFS In Memory of Frances B. Concordia
  • William E. and Karen S. Cornelius Scholarship Fund
  • Edward B. and Violet M. Cuthbert Scholarship Fund
  • Karen Bogues/Community Youth Development Scholarship Fund
  • EYFS Janet E. and Henry J.G. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • George F. Dignam Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • David Dunbar Scholarship for the Arts
  • Englewood Youth Foundation Scholarship Matching
  • Englewood Masonic Lodge #360 Scholarship
  • Englewood United Methodist Men's Fellowship Scholarship Fund
  • Englewood Youth Foundation Scholarship Fund
  • Gould Family Trust Scholarship
  • Marian Graves Scholarship Fund
  • Arthur E. Gulick M.D. Vocational Scholarship Fund
  • Robyn Knapp Gullotta Soccer Scholarship Fund
  • Amy Lee Haffner Scholarship Fund
  • Grace Herrmann Nursing Scholarship Fund
  • Charles S. Herron, Jr. M.D. Student Healthcare Scholarship Fund
  • Helen L. Iler/Herbert A. Brobst Scholarship Fund
  • Arne and Dorothy Iversen Scholarship Fund
  • L.A. Ainger Jr. High School Foundation Scholarship
  • Lemon Bay High School Mary B. Conwell Scholarship
  • Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Fund
  • LBHS Virginia Preston Memorial Scholarship
  • LBHS Walter J. McCormick, Jr. Scholarship
  • Margaret D. Lincoln Scholarship Fund
  • Joseph and Dina Marshall Scholarship Fund
  • Philip B. Dobrin, MD Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Mission Valley CC Scholarship Fund in Memory of Paul Peters, Jr.
  • Richard M. Morrison M.D. Student Healthcare Scholarship Fund
  • North Port Community Scholarship Fund
  • Lois Paul Scholarship
  • EYFS - In Memory of Nick Pihowicz
  • Lorraine M. Qualter Nursing Scholarship Fund
  • Robert E. Schill Nursing Scholarship Fund
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation Scholarship
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation Part-Time Scholarship
  • Robert and Ida Shelton Scholarship Fund
  • Arthur E. and Audre B. Smith Scholarship Fund
  • Ann Brown Spaulding Scholarship Fund
  • Tom and Annette Dignam Family Trust Scholarship
  • Marion B. Thompson Scholarship Fund
  • Toledo Blade Scholarship Fund
  • Dein Fund
  • Lloyd J. Dunn Memorial Fund
  • Anthony Forsthoefel Scholarship Fund
  • Tom Grover Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • John D. Kicklighter Fund
  • Lansberry Fund
  • Wayne Lechlitner Fund
  • Rick Martin Memorial Fund
  • Sarah Ross Scholarship Fund
  • VHSRotary Futures Scholarship Fund
  • Venice High School Scholarship Fund
  • Harry and Joyce Wachter Business Scholarship Fund
  • DPW Scholarship Fund
  • Helen Wedding Vocational Scholarship Fund
  • Christopher L. Woiak Memorial Scholarship Fund for Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Yates Family Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Geri and Ron Yonover Scholarship Fund
  •  Joy F. Mahler Scholarship

Scholarship Information 

Click below to contact our scholarship department. 

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