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We appreciate parents and their interest in scholarships, but we particularly love to work directly with students. If you have any questions about scholarships, please review this page and our FAQs page. If your questions haven’t been answered, please contact Simone Peterson at SPeterson@ManateeCF.org.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

May 1, 2024 Update: Emails have been sent to all scholarship applicants. Please check your email for the status of your application (including spam/junk folders). If you do not see the email in your inbox, please log in to your AwardSpring account (mcfscholars.awardspring.com) to check the status of your application.

Our General Scholarships will open again for the 2025-26 school year on or around December 1, 2024. Please check this page as the date gets closer for more specific information.

Olive Boyles Golden Scholarship Fund

For qualified females from Manatee County who are pursuing a degree in Business with an emphasis in Finance, Accounting or Economics. Selection is based on academic achievement — scholarship applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. In addition, an applicant’s financial need, community involvement, educational activities and career objectives will be taken into consideration. Renewable for up to four years based on fund availability and providing the applicant maintains a 3.0 grade point average.  [General Scholarship]

Francis E. and Gaile A. McCracken Education Scholarship Fund  

For residents of Manatee County pursuing a college degree in the field of Education. The individual must be accepted to an accredited 2 or 4 year State of Florida public university. Selection is based on academic achievement, financial need, community involvement, educational activities and career objectives. Renewable for up to four years based on fund availability and providing the applicant maintains a 2.5 grade point average. [General Scholarship]

Bradenton AAUW Education Scholarship Fund

For residents of Manatee County for the past two years who are pursuing a college degree in the field of Education. The individual must be accepted to an accredited 2 or 4 year State of Florida public university, excluding State College of Florida — Manatee/Sarasota and the University of South Florida. Selection is based on financial need, academic achievement, community involvement, educational activities and career objectives. Renewable for up to four years based on fund availability and providing the applicant maintains a 2.5 grade point average. [General Scholarship]

Bradenton Branch AAUW Scholarship Foundation Fund

For adult students 25 years of age by December 31st of the year they first apply and:

  • have completed at least 15 hours of college credits or, in the case of a technical school applicant, 450 hours toward a degree, by the application deadline, or who are enrolled or accepted and will enroll in an advanced degree program;
  • have demonstrated financial need;
  • have been a legal resident of Manatee or Sarasota County for at least one year;
  • have a GPA of 3.00 (or 80% for technical/vocational students) or higher; and
  • have been accepted for enrollment and will attend an accredited college, university or technical college.

To qualify for a renewal scholarship, students must be in good standing with a minimum of 3.00 GPA (or 80% average for technical/vocational students). [General Scholarship]

Joseph T. and Naomi Bivens Scholarship Fund

To provide scholarships for minority residents of Manatee County attending accredited 2 -4 year vocational, technical or collegiate educational institutions. Open to minority students who are United States citizens and residents of Manatee County.  Applicants must have been accepted into an accredited vocational, technical or collegiate educational institution with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.  Applicants must complete an application in which financial need is demonstrated, and community involvement or service is demonstrated through community service hours. [General Scholarship]

Matthew Ryan Powers ‘March on for Matt’ Memorial Scholarship

Matthew Powers was a treasured member of his school, community and Bands of Lakewood Ranch. The Powers family established this scholarship in memory of Matt who loved music and his band family and was always quick to help people. Applicants for scholarship must:

  • Be a graduating senior or graduate of Lakewood Ranch High School in Manatee County Florida
  • Be/have been active in the Bands of Lakewood Ranch at Lakewood Ranch High School
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident
  • Be accepted into an accredited 2- or 4-year educational institution
  • Demonstrate clear financial need
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Submit a personal essay to include “why music is important.”

[General Scholarship]

Woman’s Club of Palmetto Scholarship Fund

To provide a scholarship annually to a deserving female Palmetto High School graduate attending the State College of Florida.  In the unlikely event that Palmetto High School or State College of Florida should cease to exist, the scholarship shall be awarded to a student meeting all other requirements below, graduating from a Manatee County public school while residing in Palmetto, and attending a Florida public college or university. The scholarship may be renewable if the student remains enrolled in good standing at State College of Florida, making progress towards a degree.

  • A female Palmetto High School graduate in Manatee County, Florida
  • Accepted into State College of Florida
  • Demonstrating clear financial need
  • A U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident
  • Submit a personal essay
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Demonstrate leadership potential through community service, extracurricular activities and/or work

[General Scholarship]

Manatee County Medical Education Foundation Scholarship Fund

For U.S. citizens legally residing in Manatee County for the past two years who are pursuing careers in Nursing or specific health-related fields (that provide direct medical care to individuals and excluding pre-med, chiropractic, optometry, pharmacy, dental or general sciences). The individual must be accepted to an accredited 2 or 4 year educational institution health related program with all prerequisites completed and must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average. The individual must demonstrate a clear financial need. This scholarship is renewable based on fund availability. [General Scholarship]

Johanna P. Hagedoorn Scholarship Fund

For U.S. citizens legally residing in Manatee County for the past three years who have been accepted to an accredited medical school located in the U.S. The individual must demonstrate a clear financial need. This scholarship is renewable based on fund availability. [General Scholarship]

Lloyd Williams Scholarship Fund

Created by members of the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association to honor Lloyd Williams to provide scholarships for U.S. Citizens residing in Manatee or Sarasota County to pursue education or technical/vocational training in the area of building construction and the building trades. [General Scholarship]

A.C.M.E. — (Academic Crossroads Memorial Endowment) Scholarship Fund

For U.S. citizens legally residing in Manatee County whose educational prospects may be at risk due to tragic circumstances so they may pursue their academic degree and/or technical/vocational training. [General Scholarship]

Lewis K. Cooksey Educational Fund

For students to attend college, graduate school or technical/vocational/industrial school. Selection is based on basis of character, financial need, and evident scholarship. This scholarship is renewable based on fund availability and providing the applicant maintains a 2.5 grade point average. [General Scholarship]

Friends of the South Manatee Library Scholarship Fund

Created to provide annual scholarships to one or more qualified candidate(s) who have applied or are already enrolled in an accredited master’s library science degree program. It also provides grants to staff members of the South Manatee Branch Library to attend workshops, seminars, or other educational programs to further their training in library science services. [General Scholarship]

George Walter Edmonds and Violet C. Edmonds Scholarship Fund

Created to provide annual scholarships to one or more qualified candidate(s) who are graduating or have graduated from Palmetto High School and demonstrate financial need. [General Scholarship]

Chiles Restaurant Group Scholarship Fund

This fund is to provide scholarships for qualified individuals who are employees or children of employees of Chiles Hospitality to pursue academic and/or vocational training. This training may include: (a) upgrading shills (nursing, computer competency, mechanical, electrical, food service and others as approved); (b) attending community college programs; (c) taking technical/vocational school courses; or (d) attending college undergraduate or college graduate programs.

Student Eligibility: The primary criteria for qualifications in determining which individuals will receive scholarships will be financial need, but the individual’s scholastic record, information gathered from personal interviews, volunteer activities, and career objectives will be taken into consideration in making the scholarship award. In addition, demonstrated leadership may also be considered.

Qualified applicants must be current employees of Chiles Hospitality and provide documentation attesting to 12 months of employment service or be a child of a current employee with at least 12 months of employment with Chiles Hospitality. Applicants must have been accepted to an accredited college, university or vocational/technical school. The number of scholarships will be determined annually by the Community Foundation with equal funding allotted to the three restaurants (Mar-Vista, BeachHouse, and Sandbar Restaurants). Applicants are eligible for only one scholarship determined by the employee’s home restaurant affiliation.

West Florida Chapter CAI Scholarship Fund

Created to promote interest and excellence in the property management and construction industries. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or documented permanent resident of the United States and reside in Manatee or Sarasota Counties (Florida). Applicants must be a member in good standing of Community Associations Institute (CAI) West Florida Chapter, or be related to such a member by blood, adoption or marriage. Award is based on the applicant’s interest in property management or property construction; extracurricular activities; employment experience if any; personal evaluations; applicant’s requests; and financial need. Applicants may apply for the scholarship to assist in vocational, technical or certificate-based training, education, continuing education, or other programs that relate to the property management or construction industries, or for 2 or 4-year college degree programs related to those industries. [Vocational Scholarship]

AAUW Manatee County Sylvia Price Nursing Scholarship Fund

This fund shall provide one or more scholarships annually for deserving female student(s) in Manatee County to pursue a certification or degree in nursing. The students eligible for this scholarship must:

  • Reside in Manatee County or be a graduate of a Manatee County high school residing elsewhere while pursuing education
  • May be a traditional student (under the age of 24) or nontraditional (age 24 or older)
  • Be accepted into an accredited educational institution
  • Be pursuing a professional certificate or degree in nursing to include: licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor of science degree, master of science degree, dual master’s degree, doctoral nursing degree.
  • Demonstrate leadership potential through community service, extracurricular activities and/or work
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Hold a grade point average of 3.0 or higher [General Scholarship]

AAUW Manatee County Branch Scholarship Fund

This fund shall provide one or more scholarships annually for deserving female student(s) in Manatee County to further their education at any accredited educational institution, including technical, vocational or collegiate (2 or 4 year) institutions. Applicants must:

  • Be a woman residing in Manatee County or be a graduate of a Manatee County high school residing elsewhere to pursue educational attainment
  • Be a traditional student (under the age of 24) or nontraditional (age 24 or older)
  • Be accepted into an accredited educational institution
  • Demonstrate leadership potential through community service, extracurricular activities and/or work
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Grade point average of 3.0

[General Scholarship]

Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch MTI East Scholarship Fund

Created by the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch to provide scholarships for residents of Manatee County to pursue training in vocational areas of study at the MTI East Campus. Selection is based on academic achievement, financial need, community involvement, educational activities and career objectives. [Vocational Scholarship]

Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch Scholarship Fund

The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch created this additional scholarship to provide scholarships for residents of Manatee or Sarasota County to pursue training in vocational and educational areas of study. Applicants must be accepted into an accredited vocational, 2-year, or 4-year educational institution. Selection is based on academic achievement, financial need, community involvement, educational activities and career objectives. Preference is given to students working on or participating in programs sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch. [Vocational Scholarship]

Stan Stephens Scholarship Fund

Provides scholarships for residents of Manatee County to pursue vocational training. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on financial need, community involvement, educational activities and career objectives. [Vocational Scholarship]

Vanderpool Scholarship Fund

Provides scholarships for residents of Manatee County to pursue vocational training in medical and health-related fields with direct patient care. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, financial need, community involvement, educational activities and career objectives. [Vocational Scholarship]