General Scholarship Information

The Sarasota LIONS Club will offer three renewal scholarships to graduating seniors from Sarasota County whose plans are to enter a technical school, a community college or a 4 year college. One student will be from Sarasota High School, another from Riverview High School and the third from Booker High School. The amount of the award will be $1000 per academic school year and renewable each year up to 4 years.

The scholarship will be based on FINANCIAL NEED, GRADES, LEADERSHIP and COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES as determined by the Scholarship Committee of the Lions Club.


  • Student applicants are required to write a short (100 word) essay as part of the application process outlining their field of interest and reason for choosing, including demonstrated leadership.
  • Two recommendations are required preferably from the head of a volunteer organization outlining the unique personality characteristics or accomplishments of the student and/or from a student’s employer. A friend, neighbor or family member is not an appropriate reference.
  • A 2.5 or higher GPA is required.
  • Students must submit the FSFSA financial statement to justify financial need.
  • Community involvement and/or work experience is required.
  • The application, including the required materials are to be sent by the student by March 1st to: Sarasota LIONS Club. P.O. Box 51207, Sarasota, Fl 34232.

Each year the students will have the opportunity to be re-certified showing proof of eligibility.  Requirements:

  • The students have to be enrolled in college full-time and maintain passing grades as determined by their GPA.
  • All payments will go directly to the Financial Department of the respective schools of higher education by crediting their account. Under no circumstances are the students to receive money directly.
  • Failure to comply with reporting requirements will be grounds for denial of scholarship aid.
  • If a student is arrested for drug or alcohol use (including DWI) or charged with a felony, the LIONS Club reserves the right to deny scholarship aid.
  • There are no restrictions as to the major but preference would be given to individual students who pursue a career in eye sight, hearing and/or disabilities and/or have a personal/family history of eye problems, hearing or disability.‚Äč
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