For more than 30 years, the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation has been committed to providing scholarships for students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Since 1983, the Selby Foundation has awarded $1,244,500 in scholarships to students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at USFSM.
In 2013 alone, the foundation awarded a total of $65,000 to 55 USFSM students, making it possible for those students to continue their studies while they navigate the difficult challenges of balancing family, work, and school.
Scholarships provided by the Selby Foundation are awarded to USFSM students from Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota Counties who maintain an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester. Students may receive up to $2,000 per academic year for tuition, fees and expenses while studying at USF Sarasota-Manatee. As state funding to public universities continues to be reduced, private gifts like these play a critical role in financing the academic careers of the future leaders and educators in our communities.
“The Selbys cared deeply about young people and the future of our area,” said Dr. Sarah H. Pappas, president of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. “We continue to fund scholarships for USF students with financial need because they will receive an excellent education and hopefully will remain in our area and contribute to the economic well-being of our Sarasota/Manatee region.”
The Selby Foundation has been instrumental in the growth of USF Sarasota-Manatee as the university strives to create a meaningful educational experience and shape a better future for deserving students who will someday impact our communities.