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Applications Due by July 28, 2017 – 5:00 PM



Non-traditional Scholarship Purpose:
The Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida is proudly offering the “Mary Fran Carroll Scholarship”, a new academic scholarship made possible through the Catholic Legacy of Mary Fran Carroll.  Through Ms. Carroll’s generous gift to the Foundation, three academic scholarships of $3,000 each will be available to residents of Sarasota County, Florida.  These educational opportunities will be open to adult learners who are returning to school to obtain a college degree or vocational certification after being out of high school for several years (non-traditional students). Mary Fran Carroll was a woman of deep Catholic faith, who wanted those receiving her scholarship to benefit from her legacy by being better prepared to face the challenges of the world today and the ages to come, in addition to using their education for the betterment of the entire community.


A total of three $3,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2017-18 academic year for tuition, books and fees (housing and living expenses are not eligible).  Scholarships may be renewed annually for up to a total of five academic years for students maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 (unweighted) scale. *Members or relatives of the Catholic Community Foundation staff, Board of Directors, or Scholarship Committee are ineligible to apply.

Non-traditional Student Eligibility:
– Residents of Sarasota County, FL who have been out of school for 3 or more years with serious financial circumstances that prohibited them from pursuing their educational objectives
– Financial need as determined by the FACTS application and financial needs assessment (link to FACTS application)
– Attend a course of study leading to a particular career, which must be described in a clearly articulated career plan (link to Career Plan template)
– Acceptance into an accredited college, university or vocational program
– Academic performance


Application Instructions:

  1. Use the “Mary Fran Carroll Scholarship Application” link below to access the application.
  2. Complete the application
    1.  Parent or Guardian Information – If your parents no longer claim you as a dependent, please complete this section using your personal information, otherwise use the information from one of your parents.
    2. Co-Applicant Information – If your parents no longer claim you as a dependent, please complete this section using your spouse’s information if married, otherwise use the information from your other Parent or Guardian if applicable.
    3. Student Information – Complete this section using your information
    4. School Information – Choose “Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida” as the school you are applying to
    5. Additional Information – Check the box stating that you reside in Sarasota County and graduated high school 3 or more years ago.
    6. Skip Questions 1 through 14
    7. Complete Questions 15 through 22
    8. Complete All Financial Questions
  3. Download the “Career Plan Template” by using the link below.
  4. Complete the Career Plan.
  5. Upload documents to FACTS site including your completed Career Plan, High School Transcripts, Proof of Acceptance into an accredited college, university or vocational program, and all required financial documents.



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