SCF Offering Scholarships for Veterans

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 9, 2015) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will award its first scholarships for veterans beginning with the Spring 2016 term thanks to funds donated by American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 in Venice, the Venice and Sarasota Kiwanis Clubs, Sarasota Military Officers Association, Northwestern Mutual Foundation, Giving Girls Giving Circle, VFW Post 2488 Ladies Auxiliary, SCF Foundation Board members Michael Fuller and Dorothy Korszen, and many other individuals.

The NO-VEL Post donated $3,300 from the proceeds of its Veterans Golf Open on Oct. 24 to complete the SCF Foundation’s available matching funds and bring the SCF Foundation Veterans’ Endowed Scholarship Fund to $50,000. An additional $6,000 generated by the tournament will be used to establish the American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 Remedial Education Fund for veterans enrolled at SCF Venice.

“We are honored to offer these scholarships to support the educational pursuits of the brave men and women in our region who have served in the military,” said Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld, SCF president. “This is one more example of SCF’s commitment not only to the recruitment and retention of students with military experience, but to ensuring the success of military service members, veterans and spouses as college students.”

These efforts recently earned SCF a Military Friendly School designation from Victoria Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, for the sixth time. SCF’s Veterans Centers offer assistance with admissions, course selection, financial aid and tutoring, while student clubs, including the SCF Bradenton and Venice chapters of the Student Veterans of America, provide support to veterans as they adjust to civilian life. There are nearly 370 veterans and their dependents enrolled at SCF.

The SCF Veterans Scholarship is available to students enrolled at any of the three SCF locations or online who received an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces, and have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of employment, community service, GPA and life obstacles, as well as a graded essay and optional letters of reference.

The SCF Veterans Scholarship fund will award its first $1,500 during the Spring 2016 semester. Funds can be used for educational expenses not covered by the Veterans Administration (VA), including books and fees.

The American Legion scholarship will assist veterans who are enrolled at SCF Venice and are in need of remedial or prerequisite coursework, which is not paid for by earned VA educational benefits.

The NO-VEL Remedial Education Fund will be administered financially by the SCF Foundation. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and funds may only be used to pay the cost of a remedial or prerequisite course that is not covered by VA. The fund will not cover repeated attempts for coursework in which a student does not earn a C or better.

Applications for the SCF Veterans Scholarship will be accepted until Dec. 11. To apply, go to For more information, email Allison Nash, scholarship coordinator, at or call 941-752-5390.

For more information about the American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 Remedial Education Fund, call SCF Venice at 941-408-1446. For information on Veteran Services in Bradenton, call 941-752-5075.






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