AVON PARK, Fla. – May 17, 2017 – A $40,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has been awarded to the SFSC Foundation, Inc., to benefit part-time students who are attending South Florida State College in the 2017 summer and fall terms.

The grant comes from the Edward K. Roberts Community College Fund, which was established by Roberts as a legacy to support Florida’s community colleges and other charitable organizations. Managed by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the fund continues Roberts’ vision of making higher education a priority, particularly for those motivated to seek a better life for themselves.

SFSC’s grant funds are designated to providing assistance to students who are attending college part-time and may not qualify for other forms of financial aid. The grant covers tuition, housing, books, child care, automobile repairs, and needs that would otherwise prevent students from attending college. Recipients are identified by SFSC’s Financial Aid Office.

“The SFSC Foundation has received this grant in the past, and we are grateful that the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is once again making it available to our students,” said Jamie Bateman, SFSC’s executive director of institutional advancement. “Gifts such as this build a pathway to education so that our students can improve their circumstances and prepare for careers that give their lives meaning.”

For more information about the SFSC Foundation and opportunities to creating lasting legacies through education, contact Bateman at 453-3133.