Applications being accepted for scholarships

Applications being accepted for scholarships

The Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida is proud to announce that the 2022-23 Scholarship Applications are now open and will close on March 1, 2022.

Among the scholarships being offered is the Mary Fran Carroll Scholarship to residents of Sarasota County, for the 2022-23 academic year. A total of 11 scholarships are being offered for both traditional and non-traditional students.

This scholarship was made possible through the Catholic legacy of Mary Fran Carroll and her generous gift to the Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida. Mary Fran Carroll was a woman of deep Catholic Faith, who wanted those receiving her scholarships to benefit from her legacy by being better prepared to face the challenges of the world and the future, in addition to using their education for the betterment of the entire community.

The traditional scholarship is offered to graduating or recent graduates who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university. Scholarships can be used for tuition, books and fees at an accredited college, university or vocational program (housing expenses are not eligible). Non-traditional scholarships are available to adult learners who are returning to school to obtain a college degree or vocational certification after being out of high school for three or more years. Also, previous scholarship winners are encouraged to renew their scholarships for up to a total of five academic years if they maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 (unweighted) scale.

“During the past eight years, the Catholic Community Foundation has awarded more than $425,000 in scholarships to students attending universities, colleges and vocational programs,” explained Michael Morse, Executive Director of the Foundation. “In addition, millions of dollars has been provided to the Catholic Schools within the Diocese of Venice from Foundation endowment funds for scholarships and tuition assistance for needy students.”

In addition to the Mary Fran Carroll Scholarship, the Foundation is offering three new scholarships beginning in 2022. The first of these new scholarships is the Barry L. Carey, M.D. Scholarship, which is a single, four-year renewable college scholarship that can be used for tuition, books, fees, and housing expenses.  The recipient of the Carey Scholarship must be a practicing Catholic high school senior graduating this year from a Catholic, private, home school, or public school within the 10 counties of the Diocese of Venice in Florida. Additionally, the recipient must be the first generation in their family to attend a college or university.

Also new, is the James & Margaret Schwarz Scholarship, which is a single, non-renewable college scholarship that can be used for tuition, books, fees, and housing expenses.  The recipient of the Schwarz scholarship must be a student graduating from Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota that is interested in pursuing a degree in education. The third new scholarship is the Dr. Steve Toner Math Award, which provides one non-renewable college scholarship per year to a graduating senior at St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples who is pursuing a career in a STEM field.

Previously established scholarships are the Frederick W. Schaerf, M.D. Neuroscience Scholarship and the Frank and Florence Coseglia Scholarship.

The Schaerf Scholarship is for a college-bound, financially-needy student graduating from Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers, who is interested in pursuing a career in neuroscience or a similar field.

The Frank and Florence Coseglia Scholarship, provides scholarships to college-bound, financially-needy students graduating from each of the Catholic high schools within the Diocese of Venice. Unlike the other scholarships, students do not apply but are nominated by their school.

All applications and supporting documents for each of the scholarships must be submitted electronically by no later than March 1, 2021.

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