Jerry Donna (left), director of financial aid, and Jamie Bateman, executive director of institutional advancement

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 SFSC in summer and fall 2018.

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 provide 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 Office of Financial Aid.

“Because of grants from organizations such as the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the SFSC Foundation can make funds available to SFSC’s students,” said Jamie Bateman, SFSC executive director of institutional advancement. “The funds from this grant allow our students to concentrate on their studies and prepare for personally and financially rewarding careers.”

For more information about the grant, contact the SFSC Office of Financial Aid at 863-784-7134 or -7254. For information about the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, visit