The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation awarded over $656,000 in need-based scholarships to 154 new and former high school students in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties. Additionally, the foundation awarded institutional awards totaling $231,000 that will benefit students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Charlotte Technical College, Suncoast Technical College, Manatee Technical College, and State College of Florida. . Scholarships are awarded by these institutions to students based on their financial need.
The Selby Foundation also awarded its second quarter “Small and Mighty” grants totaling $24,155 four not-for-profit organizations in the region. These awards will be used for capital purchases and technology upgrades that will allow organizations to more effectively develop their mission to the community. The recipients are Academy of Creative Arts, Make an impact Inc., The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Inc. and We care about the manatee.
Second Heart Homes purchased property in Bradenton on June 9 to expand its program’s capacity to serve 43 men and women. The purchase of the new property was made possible by a $300,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.
The child protection center was rewarded $10,000 from William and Harriet Sturdevant Memorial Charitable Trust for its continued support of its Personal Safety and Community Awareness (PSCA) program.
The Sarasota County Educational Foundation announced two recipients of the Suncoast Credit Union Scholars Scholarship. The One-time scholarships of $2,000 are awarded annually to high school seniors who plan to attend a four- or two-year college, university, or technical school in Florida. The scholarship recipients are Abigail Koester and Diana “Nicole” Valero
The Charitable foundation of the Yacht Club of Venice granted $5,000 to the Library Foundation of Sarasota County to fund an educational music garden at Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library in Venice. This outdoor interactive musical installation will feature life-size instruments designed for sensory engagement and musical exploration. It will promote spontaneous musical creation for library users of all ages and provide a year-round venue for early literacy programs. Musical gardens have been shown to improve motor skills, support social development and increase language acquisition in young children.
Gulf Coast Community FoundationThe Board of Directors recently approved over $3.3 million in grants. Grant recipients include The Bay Park, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce CareerEdge Programand the Sarasota County Educational Foundation.
CareerEdge also received a $25,000 grant of Bank of America to expand the organization’s Bridges to Careers training programs and on-the-job training.
Booker High School recently received a $30,000 donation of Custom estate liquidation for the benefit of Youth, Inc.. (PEL). These funds will be used for scholarships to help Booker High graduates continue their education at colleges or technical schools.
Half Acre Construction Company recently make a donation $1,000 to a new building technology program launched in Riverview High School. The high school is the first in the region to develop its own curriculum and will use hands-on experiences in the construction and trades industry alongside the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) curriculum to meet industry standards .
Goodwill Manasota recently received a grant of $10,000 from Manatee Community Foundation provide development opportunities for local veterans and military spouses. Funding will be used to place eligible individuals in a training program leading to a post-secondary degree, with the goal of helping participants find employment or receive a raise or promotion within 12 months of training.
Design a women’s boutiquerecent donation from $2,500 in scholarships to USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus will help cover the tuition fees of Halyna Horpynich and Melissa Korolchuk, two Ukrainian students who fled their country because of the war. They will enroll in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s graduate program this fall.