At any time during the year donations may be made either on line through the Community Foundation of Sarasota or by mail.
DONATE ONLINE: Sarasota Military Officers Scholarship Fund (SMOSF)
DONATE BY MAIL: Sarasota Military Officers Scholarship Fund (SMOSF)
Please Apply for a Scholarship
Scholarship Award Program Criteria
(See application links at the bottom of the page)
The MOAS scholarship program, was established in 1998. Over the years the program has grown and evolved to address the award recipients' needs. Our present program addresses the needs of high school seniors and for returning veterans.
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
The high school program provides deserving local youth a financial jump start on their post high school education. For the purposes of the scholarship program, post high school education is defined as enrollment in an accredited college, university or technical school (online programs do not qualify for the scholarship).
In 2014 the MOAS Board of Directors approved a scholarship program for honorably discharged returning veterans attending accredited local colleges and technical schools. These veterans scholarships are needs based and are awarded in coordination with local education institutions financial aid offices.
1. One (1) each JROTC scholarship for a senior at Booker, Riverview, Sarasota and Sarasota military Academy.
2. Six (6) merit scholarships open to any senior in schools located in the greater Sarasota area. These scholarships consist of three merit scholarships underwritten by MOAS and three underwritten by the William E. Schmidt Foundation. A senior member of the school’s academic department must endorse the school's scholarship applications.
3. Should a JROTC scholarship or a MOAS merit scholarship not be utilized due to non-submission, not selection or ineligibility of nominees, the scholarships money may be reallocated by the scholarship committee.
If a high school student has taken the New SAT (the SAT that went into effect in March 2016), he or she must have a Minimum SAT score of 1,000 (out of a maximum of 1600) to apply for a Sarasota Military Officer Scholarship. If a student is submitting scores from the Old SAT, the Minimum Score to apply is 1,500 (out of a maximum of 2400) on the SAT. If a student has taken both the Old SAT and the New SAT the Scholarship Committee will take the highest of the scores. A student submitting an ACT score must have a Minimum score of 22 (out of a maximum of 36). Super Scores: A student may create a Super Score but only within a single type of SAT (Old or New). Section scores from the OLD and New SATs may not be mixed.
The chair of the scholarship committee will visit each area high school to advertise and promote the program. In addition, letters will be sent to each school guidance counselor and senior Army instructor (SAI) to focus their attention on the opportunities available to their students.
MOAS allocates funds to provide needs-based scholarships for honorably-discharged, returning veterans, attending USF Sarasota-Manatee, the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, the Manatee Technical College or the Suncoast Technical College. In addition to MOAS funding, these veteran scholarships are underwritten by a grant from the William E. Schmidt Foundation, established by Veteran and philanthropist, Bill Schmidt, Capt USAF (Retired), a decorated WWII pilot. Specific award criteria has been coordinated between the MOAS Scholarship Committee and the respective college/university financial aid office. The scholarships are administered by each individual college/university.
Scholarship winners will be advised in writing of their award. The awards letter will instruct the recipient as to the requirement to furnish the scholarship committee chairman with proof of enrollment (not an acceptance letter) from the college, university or technical school they will be attending. When these documents have been received the check will be issued and presented at the awards luncheon or mailed to the winner at his or her home of record. If the scholarship winner has not complied with this requirement by January 31st of the following year, the award will be forfeited.
Completed applications must be submitted to the committee chair no later than 12:00 NOON, 31 March, of each year.