The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations recently awarded Education Foundation of Sarasota County $90,252.82 in matching funds through the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.
This grant supports the Education Foundation’s “Inspiring Success with College, Career, Life Readiness” project, which supports Sarasota County Schools students in grades 6–12 during the 2021–2022 school year. The Education Foundation is committed to instilling a college, career, life readiness mindset in students and to supporting students as they develop a plan for life after high school. In middle school, students access college- and career-planning software that helps them identify their strengths and interests and map both to possible careers. In high school, students can access Education Foundation Student Success Centers at four area high schools and at a standalone resource center in downtown Sarasota, where they work one-on-one with expert College Career Advisors to identify purpose and pathways and ultimately formulate a plan. At these Student Success Centers, students can access workshops, open houses, college and career fairs, and other valuable resources that help at every step of the college and career search process. Students can also access software to manage college applications and search for potential careers. This grant also supports mentoring for those students who need extra support in the process of applying for education after high school.