New College students gather in a circle on the college's lawn on Sarasota Bay.

New College students gather in a circle on the college's lawn on Sarasota Bay.

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New College of Florida, the honors college of Florida, was founded in 1960 by citizens in Manatee and Sarasota who felt that the region needed a great college to match its impressive and growing arts organizations. The college opened its doors to students in 1964. To commemorate the 60th anniversary, the New College Foundation is launching a scholarship fundraising campaign that will run for 1,960 minutes, beginning 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and ending 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21. The goal is to raise a minimum of $19,600. More than 90 percent of New College students receive some form of financial aid and nearly every student admitted is offered a scholarship. Consistently top ranked for its academics, the percentage of financial support awarded to students also makes New College one of the most affordable small colleges in the nation. To donate, click here.

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