Scholarship Connection

Important Information Before You Apply

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  The SAR (Student Aid Report) shows each student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and is required for all scholarships.
  • The most recent High School or College Transcripts will be required with your application. 
  • Brief Written Essays will be required covering field of major, mentor, leadership ability, importance of continuing education, and impact of a scholarship.
  • A Letter of Recommendation is required to be uploaded to the student portal.
  • A Resume of extracurricular activities, volunteer work, employment, awards and leadership roles may be uploaded to the student portal.
  • Review specific scholarship eligibility requirements before applying.

APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

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One application – more than 40  scholarship awards. We have scholarships for people from a wide variety of backgrounds, GPA’s, areas of study and levels of education.

FAFSA

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Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

Available Scholarships

Listed by field of study

Education Major

Jennifer A. Young Memorial Scholarship

The Jennifer A. Young Memorial Scholarship was established in memory and honor of Jennifer Young, dedicated teacher, department chair and president of the Worthington Education Association. She retired as an Assistant Principal at Worthington Kilbourne High School in 2002. She also was a leader in the OSU Graduate Principal Development Program. This scholarship provides an award of $1,000.00.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

 

  • High School senior or graduate pursuing a career in education at a 4 year accredited college. (not restricted to graduates of Charlotte County high school)
  • Must demonstrate a “need” for college funding
Engineering or Physical Science Major

David Gerdel Memorial Scholarship

Christel Gerdel established this scholarship in honor and memory of her late husband, David Gerdel.  David was passionate about helping  young people pursue a degree in engineering or physical science.  This scholarship will provide an award of $5,000.00.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a Charlotte County public high school senior or graduate.
  • Accepted to or attending in good standing in an accredited post-secondary educational institution or technical program in engineering or physical science.
Dental Science Major

Dennis Munholand Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Dennis Munholand, a prominent dentist in Port Charlotte for more than 20 years, by the Harbor Heights Peace River Rotary Club.  Dennis’ heart showed in the way he helped young people become productive adults, in the charities he fostered, in the hours he spent teaching others, and in the care he showered on patients This scholarship provides an award of $700 for graduating high school seniors looking to enter the dentistry field.   Applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of a Charlotte County high school
  • Accepted to or attending in good standing, an accredited post-secondary educational institution or technical program in the field of dentistry, dental hygiene, or dental assistance, or other related field or educational pursuit that promotes an excellence in dentistry.

 

 

General Studies

Cherian Family Scholarship (General Education)

This scholarship was established by Mrs. Sushila Cherian in memory and honor of her late husband Dr. J.V. Cherian, a successful Otolaryngologist and caring philanthropist. The Cherian Family Scholarship provides an award of $1,000.00.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Female Charlotte County public high school graduate or Charlotte County resident for at least 1 year
  • Female attending or accepted to any accredited Florida Technical School, College, or University with any area of interest excluding cosmetology or similar beauty service field.
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Leo Wotitzky Scholarship

This scholarship was established by his family, friends and former students in the memory of one of Florida’s finest citizens.  The Leo Wotitzky Memorial Scholarship provides an award of $1,000.00.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Recent graduate or high school senior of a Charlotte County public high school
  • Must be accepted to or attending in good standing at an accredited post-secondary educational institution or technical program
  • Exhibits leadership skills
  • Exhibits service to the community
  • 2-year renewable

Michael Gulvezan Memorial Scholarship

The Michael Gulvezan scholarship was established in his honor and memory by his wife Jo Ann.    Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a graduating Charlotte County Public High School senior pursuing a post-secondary education.
  • Must be accepted in good standing to a Florida accredited post-secondary school.
Healthcare Majors

Cherian Family Scholarship (Medical Field)

This scholarship was established by Mrs. Sushila Cherian in memory and honor of her late husband Dr. J.V. Cherian, a successful Otolaryngologist and caring philanthropist. The Cherian Family Scholarship provides an award of $3,000.00.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Female high school senior or graduate
  • Attending or accepted to any Florida University, 2-year Associate’s or 4-year Bachelor’s Degree program in the Medical Field

Douglas Thatcher Memorial Scholarship

The Douglas Thatcher memorial scholarship was established in honor and memory of Douglas Brian Thatcher, a dedicated registered nurse and medical sales representative.  This scholarship will provide an award of $500.00.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a Charlotte High School senior that has participated on the boys’ or girls’ basketball team

. Must be accepted to a post-secondary educational institution to pursue a career in Healthcare.

 

Health Professions Scholarship

 This scholarship was established by anonymous retired healthcare professionals with the desire to provide Charlotte County residents enhanced higher learning opportunities in healthcare.   The Health Professions scholarship provides an award of $5,000.00.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Charlotte County entering or attending a 2-year or 4-year health profession program in Florida, or an accredited online Health Professions program.  If high school senior, must attend a Charlotte County High School 
  • Must remain in good standing with their school
  • Scholarship automatically renews 1 time if the student remains in the program and in good standing. Must reapply for additional years.

 

Nora Penton Beatty Memorial Scholarship

The Nora Penton Beatty Memorial Scholarship was established by Ms. Beatty’s daughter, Joanne Amendola-Phenix to honor the life of her mother, Nora Penton Beatty, an intelligent, gentle and caring Nurse who died at the young age of 52.  This scholarship provides an award of $1,000.00.  To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a Charlotte County resident
  • Enrolled and in good standing or pursuing enrollment in an accredited Charlotte County post-secondary educational institution nursing program or technical program in nursing
  • Has maintained a “B” (3.0) average or better in previous course study

 

Nursing Scholarship

The Nursing Scholarship was established anonymously by a retired nurse who previously served on the Charlotte Community Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.  She was inspired by the numerous applicants who overcame unfortunate obstacles, yet excelled in school while working outside the home, caring for family members, or participating in their community.   This scholarship provides an award of $1,000.00.  Applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Must be a Charlotte County public high school graduate
  • Accepted to or attending in good standing, an accredited post-secondary educational institution or accredited on-line program for nursing, or a technical program in nursing (RN, BSN, MSN)
  • Must maintain a “B” (3.0) average or better

 

Virginia B. Andes Memorial Scholarship

 This scholarship was established in honor and memory of Virginia B. Andes.  Virginia’s generous contribution to the Charlotte Community Foundation purchased the building for the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic.  The clinic provides free healthcare to the underserved working poor in Charlotte County.  This scholarship provides an award of $5,000.00 to eligible applicants that meet the following criteria:

    Charlotte County high school graduate, or has lived or worked in Charlotte County for at least the last 2 years.

  • Currently enrolled in and have already completed at least 2 years of a traditional 4-year bachelor’s degree program (or more advanced degree educational program) in a health care related field at Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Southwestern State College or an accredited online nursing program.
  • Recipients must agree to provide a minimum of 10 volunteer hours per month at the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, Englewood Community Clinic or other local health related philanthropic clinic approved by CCF during the semester(s) the scholarship is received.
Real Estate Professionals

Karen Wynn Memorial Scholarship

The Karen Wynn Memorial Scholarship was established as a way to honor Karen’s legacy by her husband Doug, family and friends. This scholarship will benefit local Charlotte County or Sarasota County residents who wish to pursue a career in Real Estate by allowing them to attend the needed classes, help to provide funding for registrations, certifications, and necessary dues.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Charlotte County or Sarasota County resident pursuing a career in Real Estate
  • Must be a High School graduate
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

SCHOLARSHIP QUESTIONS?

We are happy to assist you with any of your scholarship questions!  Should you need assistance,
please contact us at

programs@charlottecf.org

941-637-0077