Sarasota County student to receive annual Florida Supervisors of Elections scholarship

Rumisek a junior at University of Central Florida

A Sarasota County resident studying at the University of Central Florida will receive one of four scholarships awarded annually by the Florida Supervisors of Elections (FSE) statewide association, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner has announced.

Kate Rumisek, a junior at the University of Central Florida, “will receive the Joy Smith Scholarship, named in memory of the longtime Levy County supervisor of elections,” a news release says. “The $1,200 scholarship may be used to pay for qualified educational expenses,” the release explains.

“It is an honor to be selected for the 2023 FSE scholarship,” Rumisek said in the release. “I am so thankful to have such a supportive community,” she added. “This scholarship will allow me to focus on my studies and additional educational opportunities. This contribution brings me one step closer to graduating and attending law school.”

Rumisek is studying political science, pre-law, with a minor in leadership studies, the release notes. In addition to her college coursework, Rumisek is a law clerk with an Orlando law firm; she previously interned in the 17th Congressional District office, the release points out.

“I am extremely pleased that Ms. Rumisek was selected to receive one of the FSE scholarships,” Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Turner said in the release. “I had the opportunity to meet with her during the application process, and I found her to be a bright and engaging student. I am sure she will be successful in whatever profession she chooses.”

Each year, FSE offers a total of four scholarships to eligible college/university juniors and seniors who have been residents of Florida for at least the prior two years and who are registered to vote in the county where they are applying for the scholarship, the release explains.

To be eligible for the assistance, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrollment or acceptance as a full-time student in a senior college or university in Florida.
  • Having maintained a “C” average or above during the previous school year
  • Working on a major in political science, public administration, business administration, journalism or mass communication.