Foundation accepting scholarship applications for 2024-25 school year

April 3 deadline set

Kassidy Saba (right) is a Gulf Coast Community Foundation scholarship recipient. Contributed photo

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Gulf Coast) is accepting applications for its 2024-25 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 is Wednesday, April 3, at 11:59 p.m. The scholarship awards will be announced in late spring, the release adds.

“Our scholarships at Gulf Coast Community Foundation give students the opportunity to reach their full potential through education,” said Gulf Coast President and CEO Phillip Lanham in the release. “Together with our donors, we have invested more than $10.8 million to promising students through scholarships, ensuring that our region prepares the skilled workforce we need for the future,” he added in the release.

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 application points out. “Applicants must reside in Sarasota County, Charlotte County, or Boca Grande, and they must plan to attend a qualifying postsecondary institution during the 2024-25 academic year,” the release adds.

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

“Since establishing its scholarship program in 1997,” the release notes, “Gulf Coast has awarded more than $10.8 million in scholarships to help students pursue their dreams of higher education.” Last year, the Foundation awarded 563 scholarships totaling more than $720,000 to deserving local students, the release says.