NFC Foundation awarded $60,000 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to benefit student scholarships

Nearly 500 NFC students helped through NFC Edward  K. Roberts Scholarship to date

MADISON, FL (Nov. 4, 2021) - The North Florida College Foundation has been awarded $60,000NFC Foundation Community Foundation of Sarasota County Scholarship Recipients Nov 2021 from the Edward K. Roberts Community College Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Due to the financial challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation generously increased this year’s award by $20,000. These additional scholarship funds that assist with tuition and living expenses have significantly impacted many NFC students.

The Community Foundation’s 2021-2022 funding has helped 64 NFC students in the summer and fall terms with tuition, books, fees or essential living expenses such as housing, childcare, and transportation needs. The remaining scholarship dollars will be awarded in the spring term.

Edward K. Roberts Scholarships have traditionally been awarded with preference given to part-time NFC students who may not qualify for other financial aid. Last year, the scholarship’s criteria grew to include a preference to student parents, single or married, working to better themselves and their families through education.

“Studies show that parents who complete a college degree can often double their income and, in return, have a profound impact on the success of their children,” said NFC Director of Resource Development Judy Lundell “Because of the attention that the Community Foundation of Sarasota County brought to this group of exceptional students, the NFC Foundation now has a separate 2Gen Scholarship established by a local donor. We are proud to be partners with the Community Foundation to help award such meaningful scholarships.”

NFC students that receive the Edward K. Roberts Scholarship funding share their appreciation with the NFC Foundation. “Because of this scholarship I am able to work and still keep a roof over my family’s head. I appreciate being able to go to college and still spend time with my family,” said Trissa Proveaue.

“I paid for my first two semesters by selling my plasma. The [Edward K. Roberts] scholarship has allowed me the opportunity to more easily afford school,” said NFC student Michael Norwood. “Going back to school is a great example for my two children and ensures their future is much brighter.”

For more than 40 years, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has matched donors with causes, creating lasting impact across generations. This is the 11th consecutive year that NFC has been awarded funding from the Community Foundation to assist North Florida students. Since 2011, NFC’s Edward K. Roberts Scholarship has helped a total of 495 NFC students.

The NFC Foundation is grateful to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and recognizes Mr. Edward K. Roberts for the role each has played in the lives of so many NFC students. 

For more information about the Edward K. Roberts Scholarship at NFC, contact the NFC Foundation office at 850-973-9414 or More information is also available at

About the Community Foundation of Sarasota County: The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. With assets of $421 million in more than 1,500 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling $48.9 million dollars last year in the areas of education, the arts, health and human services, civic engagement, animal welfare and the environment. Since its founding, the Community Foundation has been able to grant more than $323 million to area nonprofit organizations to our community thanks to the generosity of charitable individuals, families, and businesses. For more information, visit or call (941) 955-3000.