Florida Legislature to continue providing matching funds for First Generation Program

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) has received confirmation that the Florida Legislature will once again provide matching funds for the Florida First Generation Program, one of the few remaining tuition funding programs that match donor contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis.  It is a need-based grant program available to degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial financial need, are enrolled in eligible participating postsecondary institutions, and whose parents have not earned baccalaureate or higher degrees.

“There is no more important mission for USF Sarasota-Manatee than to be able to provide opportunities for universal access to higher education and the Florida First Generation Matching Grant Program goes a long way in helping us realize that goal,” said Dennis Stover, Regional Vice Chancellor for Advancement at USFSM. “It allows us the chance to serve those highly motivated, talented students who are limited by financial resources and have, historically, been underrepresented in higher education.  To be the first person in your family to attend college sends a powerful message and creates a ripple effect that benefits not only the individual and their family, but the community as well.”

For the 2011-2012 year, $90,500 was donated and, with the match, $181,000 was awarded to USF Sarasota-Manatee students meeting the criteria for this scholarship.  Those interested in learning more about USFSM, scholarship and grant opportunities, or giving opportunities may visit www.usfsm.edu or call 941-359-4334 for more information.

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