Applications being accepted for scholarships

The Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida is once again proudly offering Mary Fran Carroll Scholarships to residents of Sarasota County, for the 2021-22 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.

“During the past seven years, the Catholic Community Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 to students attending universities, colleges and vocational programs,” explained Michael Morse, Executive Director of the Foundation. “In addition, the Foundation has provided millions of dollars in tuition assistance and scholarships to the Catholic Schools within the Diocese of Venice.”

Through Ms. Carroll’s generous gift to the Foundation, traditional academic scholarships of $3,000 each will be available to residents of Sarasota County. These traditional educational opportunities will be open to graduating seniors and recent high school graduates (within the last two years) from Catholic, private or public high schools in Sarasota County 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).

In addition, non-traditional academic scholarships of $3,000 each will be available to residents of Sarasota County. These non-traditional 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 three or more years.

Mary Fran Carroll Scholarship winners can apply 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. All applications and supporting documents for the Mary Fran Carroll Scholarship must be submitted electronically by March 1, 2021.

For information about how to apply for the Mary Fran Carroll Scholarship, other scholarship opportunities and to learn more about the Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida, please visit www.ccfdioceseofvenice.org.

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