Seven community colleges were recently awarded $50,000 each as a gift from the Edward K Roberts Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The community colleges that were selected are to use the award money for grants given to part-time students who may not qualify for other financial aid. The award money can be used for tuition, board, books, childcare, whichever will help keep the student in school.
“Edward K Roberts established a trust designed to distribute funds to underfunded community colleges in Florida, to the needs of single mothers, and to new and emerging charitable needs,” says Robin Lankton, director of marketing and communications for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County
. “Ed believed that his resources should be shared with others, particularly those motivated to move themselves forward to make their own way in the world.”
“These were all colleges Mr. Roberts supported in the past with Sante Fe and Gulf Coast added,” Lankton says. “Scholarships will be awarded based on individual student needs and student information will be provided to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for documentation.”
Source: Robin Lankton, Community Foundation of Sarasota County