~ 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 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 2019 scholarship cycle begins, apply to compete for scholarships that apply to you.
Some scholarships open at different times of the year; watch here for updates.

The following scholarships are available:

Health Professions Scholarship

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

  • If an adult returning to school who is working or living in Charlotte County resident
  • Must be a graduate of a Charlotte County high school
  • High school senior, adult returning to school, current college student
  • Need to maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Financial need
  • 1 year renewable

Leo Wotitzky Scholarship

Charlotte County High School Seniors.  Renewable scholarship for up to 2 years.

Eligibility Requirements

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

David Gerdel Memorial Scholarship

For students entering the field of Engineering.

Eligibility Requirements

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

 

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Virginia B. Andes Scholarship Fund

For Charlotte County Public High School Graduates

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a graduate from a public high school in Charlotte County, resident of Charlotte County or work in Charlotte County
  • 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 are encouraged to consider returning 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 (minimum of 10 hours per month) 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.  Scholarship is awarded on an annual basis and can be renewed by reapplying for a second year.

Nora Penton Beatty Nursing Scholarship

Any student who is participating in a nursing program or who is applying to participate in a nursing program.  Students do not need to be a recent high school graduate.  Renewable for one year.

Eligibility Requirements

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

Dennis Munholand Memorial Scholarship

Students entering the field of dentistry, dental hygiene, 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 educational institution or technical program in the field of dentistry, dental hygiene, or dental assistance.

Nursing Scholarship

Any student who is participating in a nursing program or who is applying to participate in a nursing program.  Students do not need to be a recent high school graduate.  Renewable for one year.

Eligibility Requirements

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

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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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