~ Scholarship Recipient Testimonial of the Month ~

Sue Zawacki, BSN RN

I received my BSN in 1985 and after 33 years of practicing nursing I made a decision to go back to school to earn a master’s degree in nursing leadership.

The scholarship I received from the Charlotte Community Foundation is extremely valuable as it eases the financial burden of the cost associated with seeking an advanced degree. This allows the opportunity to focus on my studies and alleviates the worries associated with the financial obligation of tuition. Since receiving the scholarship I have a feeling of connection with the Charlotte Community Foundation as their generosity is assisting me to gain additional education in nursing leadership.

I am currently enrolled in the Nurse Executive track at the University of West Florida’s online MSN program. I am in my fourth class and will complete the four core classes once this class finishes in December 2018. My spring and summer 2019 semesters will include three specific classes for the Nurse Executive program. In the fall of 2019 I will begin the first of three semesters for my practicum which will lead to the completion of the MSN program in the summer of 2020.

The Charlotte Community Foundation holds education in high regard as demonstrated by the generous gifts they give in the form of scholarship funds to Charlotte County residents. This affords many the opportunity to complete higher education at levels they may not have been able to afford with the scholarship. The outcome is positive for the community as this results in more highly educated Charlotte County residents who in turn utilize their education in many ways to better the community.

Scholarship Information

The Charlotte Community Foundation manages many scholarships for students who reside in and go to school in Charlotte County. For fields of study in medical, engineering and general studies, many of our donors are passionate about your education! Read below to learn more and, when the next scholarship cycle begins January 2, 2019, apply to compete for scholarships that apply to you.

The following scholarships are available:

Health Professions Scholarship

Available to High School seniors, adults returning to school and current college students entering or attending a 2-year or 4-year EMT/Paramedic or Nursing program at Florida Southwestern College Charlotte County Campus or Charlotte Technical College

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident of Charlotte County and a graduate of Charlotte County High School
  • If a high school senior, must attend Charlotte County High School
  • Need to maintain a 2.5 GPA

Leo Wotitzky Scholarship

Available to Charlotte County Public High School Graduates

Eligibility Requirements

  • Charlotte County Public High School Graduates
  • Accepted to or attending in good standing an accredited post-secondary education institution or technical program
  • Exhibits leadership skills
  • Exhibits service to the community

David Gerdel Memorial Scholarship

Available to Charlotte County Public High School Graduates entering the field of Engineering

Eligibility Requirements

  • Charlotte County Public High School Graduates
  • Accepted to or attending in good standing an accredited post-secondary education institution or technical program in engineering or science

 

The Cherian Family Scholarship Fund

Two scholarships are available to Charlotte County high school graduates or Charlotte County residents with a minimum 1 year of residency

Eligibility Requirements (Scholarship 1)

  • Female Charlotte County public high school graduate or Charlotte County resident with a minimum 1 year of residency
  • Must attend Western Michigan University, Florida Southwestern University or Charlotte Technical College
  • Any area of interest (excluding cosmetology, hair stylist, beautician or similar service field)

Eligibility Requirements (Scholarship 2)

  • Female Charlotte County public high school graduate
  • May attend any Florida University or College 2 year associate or 4 year bachelor degree in the medical field

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Virginia B. Andes Scholarship Fund

Available to Charlotte County Public High School Graduates

Eligibility Requirements

  • Charlotte County Public High School Graduate.
  • Must be currently enrolled in and have already completed at least two years of a traditional four year bachelor’s degree program (or more advanced degree educational program) in a health care related field at either Florida Gulf Coast University or Florida Southwestern State College.
  • Recipients must agree in writing to return to practice in Charlotte County for a minimum of two (2) years following the completion of their education as well a make a commitment to provide significant (minimum of 10 hours per week) pro bono service to the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (or some other local health related philanthropic organization). Candidates receiving an education in the dental field are not eligible.

Nora Penton Beatty Nursing Scholarship

Available to Charlotte County Residents

Eligibility Requirements

  • Charlotte County Resident
  • Accepted to or attending in good standing an accredited post-secondary education institution or technical program in nursing
  • Has maintained a “B” average or better in previous course study

Dennis Munholand Memorial Scholarship

Available to graduating high school students entering the field of dentistry, dental hygiene or dental assistance

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a graduate from a public high school in Charlotte County
  • Accepted to or attending in good standing an accredited post-secondary education institution or technical program

Nursing Scholarship

Available to Charlotte County residents

Eligibility Requirements

  • Charlotte County resident
  • Accepted to or attending in good standing an accredited post-secondary education institution or technical program in nursing
  • Has maintained a “B” average or better in previous course study

The Young Memorial Scholarship Fund

Available to any high school graduate interested in pursuing a career in Education

Eligibility Requirements

  • High school graduate (not restricted to graduates of Charlotte County high school)
  • Interested in pursuing a career in Education
  • Must be attending a 4-year accredited college
  • Must demonstrate a “need” for college funding
  • Must submit a resume that reflects personal integrity and honor

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What you need to know prior to filling out your application.

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    You can begin the FAFSA on October 1st of your senior year, with the prior years tax return.  It’s important to remind your parents to complete their taxes early, so the FAFSA can be completed before the deadline.  For example, for the 2018-2019 school year, may begin FAFSA on October 1, 2017 using 2016 Filed Tax Return.  The SAR (Student Aid Report) is the only document that needs to be uploaded which shows the Estimated Family Contribution.
  • A written essay up to 1 typed page will be required.
  • High School and/or College Transcripts are required.
  • SAT and/or ACT Scores may be required.
  • Review the FAQs and scholarship descriptions before applying.

You will be asked to attach documents to your application. If these documents exist in electronic format, you can attach them using the “Browse” button inside the application.  If they are not in electronic format, you will need to check with your guidance department to see if they can be scanned into a PDF for your application process.

About the Determination Process

  • Scholarship recipients are selected based upon the specific criteria made by each fund’s donor. Each scholarship application is reviewed for completion of all required elements.
  • Every application is reviewed by a member of the Charlotte Community Foundation’s volunteer Scholarship Review Committee.
  • After all applications are reviewed, the Charlotte Community Foundation’s Board of Directors will evaluate all recommendations and approve the scholarship awards.

Notification of Awards

  • Recipients of each scholarship will be notified by Charlotte Community Foundation by the beginning of May. If a student has not been notified, it means he/she was not awarded a scholarship this year.

Payment of Awards

  • Payments are mailed directly to the school’s financial aid office before the beginning of each school year. Checks are made payable to the school and not to the individual recipient.

Testimonials

Scholarship Recipient Sue Zawacki

I received my BSN in 1985 and after 33 years of practicing nursing I made a decision to go back to school to earn a master’s degree in nursing leadership. The scholarship I received from the Charlotte Community Foundation is extremely valuable as it eases...

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Why We Are an Agency Partner

“Being an agency partner with the Charlotte Community Foundation aligns us with a strategic partners who all have a shared vision of making Charlotte County a better community.” Thank you for all you do for kids!   Lynn Dorler/Executive...

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Why I Started a Fund

Christel Gerdel, who established the David Gerdel Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of her husband: “It’s so rewarding to help a promising student succeed. You never want financial need to be the obstacle to a student’s success. My scholarship fund is...

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