In addition to offering scholarships, the WRC helps to connect you to other education funding resources in our community. We want to help you maximize the financial support you receive for college and technical school programs.
Please see below for local college scholarship opportunities.
Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to receive federal Pell grants and Florida state grants: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
CareerSource Suncoast offers funding for targeted high demand programs with approved colleges and training institutions: https://careersourcesuncoast.com/scholarship/
PRIVATE LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS:
Women’s Resource Center: https://www.mywrc.org/about/scholarship/
Community Foundation of Sarasota: https://www.cfsarasota.org/students/scholarship-opportunities
Gulf Coast Community Foundation: https://www.gulfcoastcf.org/scholarships
Manatee Community Foundation: https://www.manateecf.org/scholarships/
Selby Foundation: https://www.selbyfdn.org/scholarship-program.html (Applicants must be planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree.)
Venice Regional Scholarship: https://hospital-volunteers.com/scholarship-application (For south county medical programs.)
Manatee Education Foundation: https://mefinfo.org/the-scholarship-source/ (Mostly focused on graduating high school students.)
Education Foundation of Sarasota County: https://launchyourplan.com/scholarships/ (Mostly focused on graduating high school students.)
Additional Scholarship Resources
FASTWEB hosts more than 1.5 million scholarships that provide more than $3.4 billion in funding. Once you create a profile, the site’s search feature will help you find the most accurate matches that fit your needs. Your personal profile is how the site helps you find pretty much exactly what you’re looking for.
You can then also see all the scholarships you applied for, or may want to apply to in the future. They also have “contests” that you can enter monthly or weekly to win money.
While the College Board is known for its college-readiness tests, it also has an arm that focuses on scholarships. Big Future hosts scholarships, as well as other financial aid and internship information from more than 2,200 programs — totaling nearly $6 billion. In order to get the most accurate search results, it’s critical to fill out as many details as you can in the profile that’s used for searching.
Formerly known as College Prowler, Niche is a great tool that can help you find colleges AND money. It’s organized into categories that make it pretty easy to find what you’re looking for — allowing users to search by interest, career, major and other areas.
Niche also has some contests to enter.
com hosts one of the largest scholarship databases out there and it’s updated on a daily basis. According to the site, “With more than 2.7 million scholarship and grant opportunities worth more than $19 billion, just about everyone is bound to find something.”
It’s easy to browse by category, but the best way to take advantage of what the site has to offer is to make a personal profile, which will allow you to find the most exhaustive lists of opportunities available to you.
Moolahspot isn’t as robust as some of the other scholarship databases, but in the search for a college scholarship, it’s another option to help you find extra money.
SallieMae is a well known education and student loan provider. The site’s College Planning page has a scholarship portal where you can search based on your field of study, hobbies and other parameters. Create a personal profile in order to get the most accurate matches that fit your needs.
Scholarship Monkey allows you to search for scholarships a few different ways. You can search by keyword, browse scholarship lists (various categories/topics) and also see lists of the latest and featured scholarships. The site also allows you to create a personal profile for more accurate results.
Cappex hosts a database of more than $11 billion in scholarship opportunities. Once you create a personal profile, you can search for opportunities that directly match your strengths and skills. Plus, Cappex has a tool that will calculate your odds of getting into a certain college before you even apply.
Chegg is widely known for its online textbook store that allows students to either rent or buy textbooks for cheap. But Chegg is also a great resource for finding scholarships — more than $1 billion worth of them.
To search for available scholarships, click on the menu stack at the top right of the homepage and select the “scholarships” in the drop-down menu. Once you create a personal profile, you can search for available opportunities that match your criteria. Chegg also has a “top scholarship picks this week” category that highlights some options you may have missed.
Unigo hosts millions of available scholarships and makes it easy to search by type, including athletic scholarships, college-specific scholarships, company-based scholarships, minority scholarships, major-specific scholarships, state-specific scholarships and more. You can search by category or create a personal profile to get more specific results that match your needs. Unigo also offers scholarship contests and sweepstakes.
Peterson’s hosts $10 billion in scholarship opportunities and provides information to help you in your search. Once you fill out a short survey, you can filter your search results so they’re tailored to your specific needs. The site also allows users to search by a variety of different topics, college types and personal details — in order to give you the best results.
US Dept of Labor According to the official Student Aid website, this free tool is a great resource for students to search more than 7,500 scholarships, grants and other various types of financial aid award opportunities.
Look through the site’s entire inventory of scholarships, arranged in order of closest deadline. Narrow your list with a “search by keyword” option: Just enter a keyword about the type of award you’re looking for. Use the filters to see opportunities for only certain types of awards, locations, level of study, and more.
American Association of University Women – Manatee County Branch
Scholarship Grants/Funds for Advanced Studies
The Scholarship System
State College of Florida To apply for financial aid, we have created a step-by-step checklist to help you through this. You should apply for admission to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) to be considered for Financial Aid.
Manatee Technical Center The Financial Aid Office provides financial assistance to students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend. Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid; however, students must make satisfactory progress in their programs in order to continue to be eligible for awards. They do not offer student loans. Not all programs qualify for Federal Aid; however, scholarships may be available.
POE International This is a scholarship for up to $3000. The funds can be used for almost anything to help recipient obtain higher education goals. They must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada; has had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in her adult life; see website for more requirements peointernational.org/pce-eligibility-requirements
A.R. (Florida) This organization awards scholarships for a variety of careers for women https://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/
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