The Office of Financial Aid encourages students to search for private scholarship funding in addition to scholarships offered by our institution. As most legitimate scholarship providers do not require an application fee of any kind, we advise you to never pay an organization a fee to be considered for a scholarship.

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Local Scholarships

Anna Maria Island Privateers Scholarship – local students only.

Barancik Access Leadership Scholarship – Access Leadership is a New College program created to engage and support high potential talent from underrepresented populations. The Access Leadership Initiative and the Barancik Scholarship were created in 2020, funded by a grant from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. It is intended to reduce or eliminate financial barriers that might otherwise prevent a student with ties to the Sarasota or Manatee county area from benefitting from the exceptional preparation for future success and leadership that a New College education can provide. Scholarship amounts: up to $7500 for students residing on campus, up to $2500 for students residing off-campus. Amounts for scholarship funding may vary each year, according to other gift aid in the student financial aid package, and annual eligibility for need-based gift aid as determined by the FAFSA. The total financial aid package may not exceed the Cost of Attendance. Application instructions will be sent to all applicants and admitted students in January of 2021. For more information, contact or call 941-487-5000 option 2.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County Scholarships – local students only

Education Foundation of Sarasota County Education Foundation is an organization exclusively dedicated to supporting students and teachers in Sarasota County Schools, serving over 40,000 students and 5,000 instructional staff and support personnel in 53 public schools in the Sarasota County Schools district. Among those services is an extensive list highlighting local, regional and national scholarships.

Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections Scholarship – Applicants must be registered voters in Florida, have lived in the state for at least the preceding two years, have maintained at least a “C” average and submit their application in the county in which the student is registered to vote.  Applicants must have been accepted or enrolled as a full-time student in a senior college or university in Florida and completed two years of junior college or undergraduate work. Students who apply must be either a Political Science, Public/Business Administration, or Journalism/Mass Communication AOC.  Manatee County applications must be submitted by 5PM on Friday, March 26, 2021 to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office, 600 301 Blvd. W, Suite 108, Bradenton, FL 34205, PH: 941-741-3823 FX: 941-741-3820.

Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee– Students who identify as Jewish. The only exception is the Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship. • Students seeking enrollment in an undergraduate program at a university, college, community college, vocational school or technical program. • Students whose families have resided in Sarasota or Manatee county full time for at least two years. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS • The primary consideration for these scholarships is financial need. However, a good academic record, involvement in Jewish activities.

Johnson Scholarship Scholarship – The Johnson Scholarship, funded by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, is a competitively awarded program, which is available to undergraduate students with disabilities enrolled in a State University System of Florida (SUS) institution.  Students must meet the following requirements to be considered for scholarship selection:

• Be a Florida resident for tuition purposes;
• Be seeking a first baccalaureate degree;
• Complete a Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Application;
• Meet academic requirements;
• Provide documentation of the nature and/or extent of a disability, and
• Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)/institutional need. Submit a FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA form by the required deadline at .  Confirm that the Federal School Code for your university is designated so that the university has access to your results in assessing a student’s unmet financial need. 

Longboat Key Garden Club Scholarship – $2,000 to $4,000. Juniors or seniors studying environmental issues, must be a Florida resident, contact the Financial Aid office for more details.

Manasota ASALH Scholarship – To receive a scholarship from Manasota ASALH, African American students must be in their senior year in a school in Sarasota or Manatee counties, have earned a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average, and demonstrate leadership in their school and community.

Manatee Democratic Women’s Club of Florida – for Manatee County residents that are registered Democrats; contact the Financial Aid office for more details.

National Council of Jewish Women – Sarasota/Manatee Chapter – for non-traditional students of any gender who have returned to school after a hiatus and need financial assistance to reach their goals. You must be a permanent resident of Sarasota or Manatee county.

Ringling Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) Impact Scholarship female residents of Sarasota or Manatee counties, going to school in Sarasota or Manatee County; if interested contact

Sarasota County Women Re-entry Scholarship – from Venice Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) – call 941-492-2440 for application information – for women re-entering college after a period of being out of school

Sarasota Founders Garden Club – $2,500 for a rising junior or senior studying environmental issues or any natural science subject, applications due March 31, 2020.

Sarasota Succulent Society – THREE scholarships for students studying horticulture, botany, or related subjects. Two scholarships are in the amount of $750, and the third is in the amount of $350. Applications are due by April 10th.

Suncoast Credit Union – The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has partnered with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation to award $116,000 in student scholarships for graduates of the Class of 2020.

William G. & Marie Selby Foundation Scholarship – Graduating seniors from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or DeSoto counties who demonstrate financial need and have a 3.0 or higher grade point average may apply for this scholarship


Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Disability Scholarship This scholarship was established as part of the Buckfire, P.C.  law firm’s commitment to helping students with disabilities or injuries who are in need of financial assistance in order to achieve their academic goals. Their committee will be selecting one winner to be awarded $1,000.00. Applications are open to students of any age with any type of disability who are enrolled in an accredited college or university for the 2021 spring, summer, winter, or fall semester of classes. There is no fee to apply. The deadline to file an application for the scholarship is October 1, 2021. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship  The JRF scholarship is awarded to outstanding high school graduates who plan to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, four-year college or university. Additional fellowships are given to JRF Scholars to pursue opportunities to work and study abroad (Rachel Robinson International Fellowship) and for post-graduate education (Extra Innings Fellowship).  Deadline Feb 1. 

Marshall-Motley Scholars Program Currently seeking applicants who will be first-year, full-time law students to begin in Fall 2021. Applications are due February 16, 2021.  MMSP is a comprehensive lawyer development program guarantees a debt-free educational experience as well as internships, fellowships, and trainings to aspiring civil rights attorneys who will work to pursue racial justice on behalf of Black communities in the South.  Scholars who demonstrate a commitment to this mission will be provided:  A full law school scholarship for tuition, room and board, and incidentals; Summer internships with national and regional civil rights organizations; Two-year postgraduate fellowship at civil rights law organizations in the South; and Access to special trainings sponsored by LDF.  In return, the Scholars will commit to serving as civil rights lawyers based in the South, engaged in a law practice focused on achieving racial justice for 8 years following the conclusion of their fellowship. The MMSP will continue to offer support for the newly emerging civil rights lawyers as they develop their practice and form a distinguished regional network of legal practitioners.

The Sallie Mae Fund.  Nearly 900 students, including high school seniorsstudents in their final year of post-secondary education, and grad students, will receive scholarships through the scholarship program over the next three years.

Who is eligible: The Bridging the Dream Scholarship for High School Seniors: In 2021, The Sallie Mae Fund will award (25) $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to enroll in a two- or four-year degree professional certificate, or vocational training program. Seniors who excel inside and outside of the classroom and demonstrate financial need can apply now through March 8 at The Completing the Dream Scholarship: In 2021, The Sallie Mae Fund will award (260) gap scholarships worth up to $2,500 to minority students and those from underserved communities who are on track to graduate but are at-risk of not completing due to financial emergency or unpaid school bill. Students can apply for the Completing the Dream Scholarship, at The Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students: Coming later this year, The Sallie Mae Fund will also offer (10) $10,000 scholarship to minority students and those from disadvantaged communities who are pursuing a graduate degree. No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.  Ends March 8.

Additional Resources

7 Options to Consider if You Didn’t Receive Enough Financial Aid – A blog entry from the U.S. Department of Education