Gulf Coast Foundation accepting scholarship applications for 2023-24 school year

Deadline is March 3

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Gulf Coast) is accepting applications for its 2023-24 scholarship program, the nonprofit has announced.

“Prospective applicants may visit to review scholarship requirements and complete the online application,” a news release notes. The deadline to apply for the program is March 3, the release adds; the scholarship awards will be announced in late spring.

“At Gulf Coast Community Foundation, we envision thriving communities with opportunities for all and our scholarships provide students of all ages the ability to pursue their dreams of a better life through education,” Mark Pritchett, president and CEO the Foundation, said in the release. “Together with our donors, we have invested more than $10 million to bright, deserving students who now have a path to learn, grow, and succeed,” he added.

“Through its annual scholarship program, Gulf Coast assists students of all ages in pursuing higher education at accredited two- and four-year colleges, universities, or technical schools,” the release explains. Applicants must reside in Sarasota County, Charlotte County or Boca Grande, the release points out, and they must plan to attend a qualifying postsecondary institution during the 2023-24 academic year.

Gulf Coast awards scholarships from more than 60 funds that it administers, “including many established by donors to support particular fields of study or assist students from specific schools or communities,” the release notes. “Candidates can complete a single application to be considered for all scholarship opportunities for which they qualify.”

Last year, the Foundation awarded 560 scholarships totaling close to $667,000 to deserving local students,” the release says.

To learn more, visit and follow the nonprofit on Facebook at @GulfCoastCommFnd.