Scholarship Program

2024 SCHOLARSHIP
ANNOUNCEMENT

CONGRATULATIONS!
On Tuesday, May 7th the Coral Gables Community Foundation awarded 73 scholarships to 65 students with a total value of $1,421,000. We’re extremely grateful to the donors who made this possible.

Scholarships for High School Seniors

The Coral Gables Community Foundation manages a portfolio of scholarships offered to graduating high school students. Some are targeted to help you study Law, Medicine, Nursing, Golf, Soccer, Journalism, Leadership, Historic Preservation and more. Awards range from $500 to $20,000.

For 2024, an anonymous, unique matching gift enabled 25 of this year’s awards to be increased to $50,000.

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is honored to partner with fundholders to administer several scholarship funds in the community as well as manage the Foundation’s own scholarship funds. The Foundation and its fundholders have proudly awarded over $1.6 million in scholarships in just the last decade.

Most scholarships offered through the Foundation’s scholarship program are based on academic achievement and financial need. Scholarship awards are designated as one-year awards or renewable multi-year awards depending upon the scholarship fund criteria.

CONTRIBUTORS

The Community Foundation wishes to acknowledge the generosity of  The Kirk Foundation, The Batchelor Foundation and an anonymous donor for helping to build the Scholarship Fund that supports the Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship. Scholarships are also supported by Merrick Society members who commit to annual giving, and by patrons of the Gables Gala and Tour of Kitchens & Tropical Living.

Not a student at Coral Gables High?

Check out the scholarships listed at right which feature less-strict geographic rules.

  • Garcia – Any public or private high school in Miami-Dade
  • Gonzalez – Public or private high school in Coral Gables OR Immaculata LaSalle in Coconut Grove
  • Kerdyk – Coral Gables residents OR attend high school in Coral Gables
  • Perez – Students of Coral Gables Senior High OR MAST Academy at Virginia Key
  • Ragan – Public or private high school anywhere in Miami-Dade OR Jefferson County, Alabama
  • Slesnick – Seniors at Coral Gables High; Miami Senior High; International Studies Preparatory Academy (ISPA)
  • Sturgill – Students who are students at one of several high schools:  Coral Gables Senior High; Miami Palmetto Senior High; Miami Killian Senior High; Miami Senior High; Robert Morgan Technical College (high school); George T. Baker Aviation Technical College (high school).

Which Scholarship is Right for You?

Scholarships by Interest Area

  • Law: Ervin A. Gonzalez / Coral Gables Bar Assoc.
  • Food Service:  Culinary Arts Scholarship
  • Healthcare: The Dr. Thomas E. Deal Scholarship (Medicine)
  • Sports: 1980 Cavaliers Boys Soccer State Championship Scholarship Fund in memory of Bruce Hayes (Soccer); Dave Ragan Jr. Memorial Scholarship (Golf); Mitchell Zuniga Scholarship (Football).
  • Music:  Kerdyk Family Trust Music Scholarship; Walter & Alma Vogel Memorial Scholarship.
  • Leadership: Shine Bright Scholarship; Rotary Foundation of Coral Gables Scholarship; Jeannett Slesnick Community Spirit Scholarship; Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship
  • Vocational/Technical: Luke Sturgill Memorial Scholarship
  • Communications: Jeannett Slesnick Community Spirit Scholarship
  • Science/Technology:  Walter & Alma Vogel Memorial Scholarship

New Opportunities for 2024

Scholarships which are new or have updated terms include:

  • The High Achieving, Low Income Four Year Scholarship Fund made seven, $10,000 awards including students from Braddock, Young Women’s Academy and Sci Tech, with a focus on Coral Gables Senior High.
  • The Luke Sturgill Memorial Scholarship has expanded its service to include several more public high schools in Miami-Dade County. These include Coral Gables Senior High; Miami Palmetto Senior High; Miami Killian Senior High; Miami Senior High; Robert Morgan Technical College (high school); George T. Baker Aviation Technical College (high school). It also has a later deadline to reflect the normal wave of enrollments in vocational programs.
  • The Ev Clay/PRSA Miami Chapter Endowment Fund will award up to eight $3,750 scholarships for undergraduate or graduate study, selecting up to two students from each of the following South Florida schools: Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, Miami Dade College and the University of Miami. Recipients will be notified in August and scholarships will be presented at the annual Ev Clay/PRSA Miami Chapter Endowment Fund Luncheon this fall.

Step By Step

Before you apply, be prepared

  1. Download your high school transcript (usually at the Dadeschools.net Portal).
  2. Request a teacher, counselor, coach, mentor or supervisor, to act as a reference. You can prepare by getting their email address in advance.  Put the email for the person giving the reference into your application and we will ask them to upload it.
  3. Write a “personal statement of financial need” (300 words is fine). Tell the committee in plain terms why you need financial support.
  4. Read the requirements – some scholarships also require essays responding to a prompt.
  5. Register to create an account for yourself. Be sure to use your permanent email address (not “dadeschools.net”).
  6. APPLY for scholarships.  WAIT. You’ll get word probably around mid April.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What Email address should I use? 

A. ANY email that’s not dadeschools.net will be fine.

Q. What do you want to see in the “Personal Financial Statement”? 

A. Please describe your home life, and your family’s ability to afford college for you. Do you qualify for a federal school lunch discount? Do both parents work? Do you expect to work during college? Do you have siblings also attending college now?

Q. Is there an advantage for students who are among the first to apply? 

A. No.

Q. Can I email an attachment instead of uploading it?

A. No. Really, really, really, no.

Q. I need to make a change to an application which I already submitted. 

A. It’s fine. Please call the Foundation and ask for Robertson Adams via 305-446-9670 during business hours, with the name of the scholarship and the date you submitted it. We will authenticate your identity, and then return it to DRAFT status for you. Don’t forget – you must submit it again.

Q. Do I need to be a U.S. Citizen? 

No.

Q. Do I need a permanent address? 

No. You can use the school’s Activities Office address if necessary.

Q. My email ends with “@dadeschools.net” 

A. Since you will lose access to that mailbox after June 2024, you should definitely use a Gmail or Yahoo, etc. instead of your school mailbox.

Q. Which Grade Point Average will you use for cutoff?

A. The Community Foundation strictly uses the Un-Weighted Grade Point Average (GPA), for example when the “cutoff” for a Scholarship fund requires a 3.0 or better.

Q. My university says it will deduct the amount of the Community Foundation’s scholarship from their financial aid package. 

A. When a university reduces its tuition assistance by the amount of a third-party scholarship, this practice is called “displacement.” Normally the Community Foundation pays scholarships to the school’s bursar, but in such cases the Community Foundation can pay the scholarship directly to the student. Please be aware that — in accordance with IRS policy — there may be a tax liability associated with scholarships paid directly to students. The Coral Gables Community Foundation does not provide tax advice and suggests consulting a tax expert. This can also happen when the scholarship award amount is greater than the university’s total cost of attendance. Read more: “Grants to Individuals” (IRS.gov).

“I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship from the Coral Gables Community Foundation. A foundation that has been able to change the lives of so many students by enhancing their opportunities for higher education; I am beyond grateful to be part of this community of students…The foundation recognizes character above all else, few scholarship programs today have the same integrity.”

Brianna de la Osa, 2018 Scholarship Recipient

The Coral Gables Community Foundation thanks The Batchelor Foundation and The Kirk Foundation for their support of the 2022 and 2023 Scholarship Program. Generous financial gifts from Robert and Marian Fewell as well as an anonymous local donor enabled scholarships to be awarded this year.


Scholarships for High School Seniors

Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship

Established by the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2015, this 4-year scholarship is given annually to students who have demonstrated overall academic achievement and dedication to service within the school and in his/her community. The Foundation also considers applicants’ financial need and personal experiences.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA

  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0 in high school (un-weighted GPA, a.k.a. “State” GPA on your transcript)
  • Attends Coral Gables Senior High School and has for at least two years
  • Plans to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in post secondary community college, vocational, technical school or state or private four-year college or university
  • Personal Statement of Financial Need
  • Summary of Community Service Activities
  • Recommendation from a counselor, teacher, coach, mentor or supervisor in a job/project.
    • New format: You provide an e-mail for the person giving the reference. They get a link and type or paste just 500 words about you and why you deserve the scholarship. Your application is due March 3rd but they have until March 10th to submit it.
  • Essay: “Have there been obstacles you have overcome or events you have experienced that have helped define who you are or what you want, which you would like the Scholarship Committee to be aware of when reviewing your application?”
  • Student Aid Index (SAI) number from your FAFSA student financial aid application.

VALUE

The value of the 4-year Scholarship is up to $10,000 over the course of up to 4 years. Checks are sent directly from the Coral Gables Community Foundation to the bursar’s office of the recipient’s college or university.

MAINTENANCE

In order to maintain the scholarship each year, the recipient must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout his/her college studies and send transcripts to the Foundation upon the completion of each academic year.

High-Achieving Low-Income Four-Year Scholarship

NEW: High-Achieving Low-Income Four-Year Scholarship

This 4-year scholarship is given annually to students who have demonstrated overall academic achievement and dedication to service within the school and in his/her community, and have low family income. The Foundation also considers applicants’ motivation, financial need, and personal experiences.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA

  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0 in high school (un-weighted GPA, a.k.a. “State” GPA on your transcript)
  • Plans to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in a post-secondary community college, vocational, technical school or state or private four-year college or university
  • Personal Statement of Financial Need
  • Student Aid Index (This number is from your FAFSA Student Aid Report. Generally, looking for SAI below 7500.)
  • Summary of Community Service Activities
  • Recommendation from a counselor, teacher, coach, mentor or supervisor in a job/project.
  • Essay: “Have there been obstacles you have overcome or events you have experienced that have helped define who you are or what you want, which you would like the Scholarship Committee to be aware of when reviewing your application?” 
  • The Financial Aid Award letter from the school you intend to attend is requested

Preference is given to Coral Gables Senior High graduates, as well as undocumented students.

VALUE

The value of the 4-year Scholarship is up to $10,000 over the course of up to 4 years. The scholarship is distributed in installments of up to $2,500 per year for 4 years. In special circumstances, this amount may be increased.

MAINTENANCE

In order to maintain the scholarship each year, the recipient must Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout his/her college studies Send complete transcripts to the Foundation upon the completion of each academic year.

Culinary Arts Scholarship

This two-year scholarship is given to graduating seniors from Coral Gables High School who have shown an interest in the culinary arts during his/her high school years and plan to enroll in a culinary arts and/or a hospitality program in college. Overall academic success, a love for the culinary arts/hospitality fields and an intention to study culinary arts/hospitality in college are factors in the evaluation process. Financial need may be an additional factor in the evaluation process.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Exemplary dedication to the Culinary Arts program in high school and service to his/her school and community
  • Has attended Coral Gables Senior High School for at least two years, including the Senior Year
  • Enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in post secondary community college, vocational technical school or state or private two or four year college or university to pursue a course of study related to the culinary arts and/or hospitality.
  • Personal Statement of Financial Need

VALUE
The value of the two-year Scholarship is $1,000-2,000 each year. Checks are sent directly from the Coral Gables Community Foundation to the bursar’s office of the recipient’s college or university.

MAINTENANCE
In order to maintain the scholarship for two years, the recipient must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout his/her college studies and send transcripts to the Foundation upon the completion of each academic year.

The Dr. Thomas E. Deal Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Thomas E. Deal Scholarship provides four-year college tuition assistance to a graduating senior from Coral Gables Senior High School who plans to pursue a career in medicine. It was established by his daughter Sarah and her husband, Steven, a fellow Gables graduate, to support educational opportunities for deserving high school graduates planning to pursue a career in medicine.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must attend Coral Gables Senior High School
    Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Must intend to study and pursue a career in medicine
  • However not contingent upon enrollment in one of these institutions, apply and getting accepted to the University of Notre Dame or the University of Florida will be looked at favorably
  • Possess a financial need

VALUE
The value of this four-year scholarship is $20,000 over the course of 4 years. The scholarship is distributed in $5,000 installments per year for 4 years. Checks are sent directly from the Dr. Deal Scholarship Fund at the Coral Gables Community Foundation to the bursar’s office of the recipient’s college or university.

MAINTENANCE
In order to maintain the scholarship installment payments, the recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout his/her college studies and send transcripts to the Foundation upon completion of each academic year.

Garcia Perseverance Scholarship

This four-year scholarship is given annually to a student(s) who has overcome a hardship or series of difficulties in their life and has had to persevere in order to attend an institution of higher learning. The Scholarship was established in 2015 by the late Carlos F. Garcia and Debbie Garcia La Rocca. Recognizing the importance of higher education, the Garcia family established the Garcia Perseverance Scholarship Fund to help our community’s best and brightest achieve their dreams of higher education. The Garcia Perseverance Scholarship is designed as a supplemental scholarship that will help recipients attending state schools in Florida fill unmet financial needs.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Intend to study full time at a state school in Florida
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Attend a public or private high school in Miami-Dade County
  • Experienced and overcome a hardship in his/her life

VALUE

 The value of the Scholarship is $4,000. It is paid over the course of four years in installments of $1,000 per year.  Scholarship checks are sent directly from the Coral Gables Community Foundation to the bursar’s office of the recipient’s college or university. 

Ervin A. Gonzalez Scholarship

The Ervin A. Gonzalez Scholarship Fund was established by the Coral Gables Bar Association in 2017 in Ervin’s memory. The Ervin A. Gonzalez Scholarship provides college tuition assistance to a graduating high school senior who has shown an interest in pursuing a career in law, political science, public policy or related fields. Overall academic success, an interest in civics and the law and an intention to become a lawyer are factors in the selection process.

ABOUT ERVIN GONZALEZ
A Coral Gables resident, Ervin A. Gonzalez (1960-2017) was a premier civil trial attorney who led some of the most significant personal-injury and class-action cases in Florida and nationally. He was a partner with the prominent Coral Gables law firm Colson Hicks Eidson and gave back to his community. Ervin served as governor of The Florida Bar, president of the Dade County Bar Association, president of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the National Board of Trustees of The National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law where he enjoyed mentoring young law students.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicant must anticipate attending law school after college
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Attend public or private high school in Coral Gables or attends Immaculata-La Salle High School (Ervin’s alma mater)
  • Possess a financial need

VALUE
The value of the scholarship varies each year.  This is a one-year scholarship. Checks are sent directly from the Coral Gables Community Foundation to the bursar’s office of the recipient’s college or university.

1980 Cavaliers Boys Soccer State Championship Scholarship in memory of Team Captain Bruce Hayes

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This Scholarship Fund was created by Coral Gables Commissioner Kirk R. Menendez to honor the memory of Bruce M. Hayes, 1962-2022, and his leadership and sportsmanship in the 1980 Cavaliers Boys Soccer Team Championship. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the benefits of higher education for student soccer athletes, and to encourage them to go to college. The scholarship value is up to $2,500.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA

  • Be a student currently enrolled as a senior in good standing at Coral Gables Senior High School.
  • Must have played on the boys or girls varsity Soccer Team
  • Submit a transcript of your grades and GPA from Coral Gables Senior High School.
  • Complete an 800 to 1,000-word essay, “What are your plans when your days of playing soccer are over?”
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from your coach or the Athletic Director at Coral Gables Senior High.

VALUE OF SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship is distributed in a single installment up to $2,500. After successful award, the student must complete and return a Scholarship Agreement form. Checks are sent directly from the coral Gables Community Foundation to the bursar’s office of the recipient’s college or university.

Kerdyk Family Trust Music Scholarship

Named after long serving Commissioner William H. Kerdyk, Sr. and continued by his family, this scholarship fund was established at the Coral Gables Community Foundation and applicants should be honored for consideration of this award. Bill Kerdyk, Sr. had a love of music he shared with his own children and established this scholarship fund to help students who also have a love of music.

This scholarship is given annually to a graduating senior who has shown an interest in music during his/her high school years. Overall academic success, a love for music and an intention to study music are factors in the evaluation process.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • An applicant’s desire to study music in college and/or pursue a career in music will be weighed heavily
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Applicants who are Coral Gables residents or attend high school in Coral Gables will be weighed heavily

VALUE
The value of the scholarship is up to $2,000 for one year.

Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence

Named after the late Ralph V. Moore Jr. upon his retirement as Principal of Coral Gables Senior High School, this scholarship was established in his name at the Coral Gables Community Foundation for his years of service to the school and his community. This scholarship is given annually to a graduating senior who has shown the most dedication to Coral Gables Senior High during their years of attendance. Academic achievement and financial need may be additional factors in the evaluation process.

ABOUT RALPH MOORE
Ralph V. Moore, Jr. was the principal of Coral Gables Senior High School 1977-1993 and was involved in the 1991 founding of the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Exemplary service to school and community
  • Demonstrate all around excellence in academics, athletics and/or extra-curricular activities with a minimum weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Attended Coral Gables Senior High at least two years, including the senior year
  • Enroll as a full time undergraduate student in a post secondary community college, vocational technical school or state or private four year college or university and pursue any recognized course of study
  • Personal Statement of Financial Need
  • Letter of Recommendation from counselor, teacher, mentor, coach or supervisor on a project/job

VALUE
The value of the scholarship is $500-$1,000 for one year. Checks are sent directly from the Coral Gables Community Foundation to the bursar’s office of the recipient’s college or university.

Julian Perez Memorial Scholarship

The Julian Perez Memorial Scholarship provides college tuition assistance to a graduating, male senior(s) from Coral Gables Senior High School or MAST Academy. The Julian Perez Scholarship Fund was established by Julian’s loving wife and Coral Gables resident, Mayra Vide-Perez, and Julian’s family and friends in his memory to support educational opportunities for deserving, college-bound young men who possess financial need.

ABOUT JULIAN PEREZ
Born in La Salud, Cuba, Julian Perez arrived to the United States in 1961 – first to the New Jersey/New York area before settling in Miami. Julian had a successful career with Miami-Dade County for 35 years and is remembered by those who knew him as a gentleman as he was an incredibly loyal and kind man. Julian and his wife of 40 years, Mayra, lived in Coral Gables and loved their community. Throughout the years, both Mayra and Julian mentored young people through their volunteer efforts. Mayra is honored to carry on Julian’s legacy through this scholarship fund.

REQUIREMENTS
Applicant must be a college-bound male currently enrolled as a Senior.

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher maintained over the most recent two semesters
  • Attends Coral Gables Senior High School or MAST Academy
  • Recipients must possess a financial need
  • Summary of Community Service and Activities
  • Letter of Recommendation by a counselor, teacher, mentor, coach or supervisor on a job/project

VALUE
A minimum of $1,000, but the amount varies from year-to-year. Checks are sent directly from the Coral Gables Community Foundation to the bursar’s office of the recipient’s college or university.

Dave Ragan Jr. Memorial Scholarship

The Dave Ragan Jr. Memorial Scholarship provides college tuition assistance to a graduating senior who has shown in interest in golf during his/her high school years. Overall academic success, a love for golf and an intention to play golf at the collegiate level are factors in the selection process. The Dave Ragan Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Dave Ragan III, Head Golf Professional at Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club in his father’s memory to support youth development and educational opportunities through golf.

ABOUT DAVE RAGAN JR.
David William Ragan Jr., (1935-2018) was an accomplished American professional golfer, playing on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour. Born in Daytona Beach, Florida, Dave attended the University of Florida and played on the men’s golf team. He won two Southeastern Conference championships and the SEC individual championship as a senior, and was recognized as an All-American. He was later inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame as a Gator Great. Dave turned professional in 1956 and won three PGA Tour events. He finished second to Jack Nicklaus in the 1963 PGA Championship. He was a member of the 1963 PGA Ryder Cup Team.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicant must intend to play golf in college.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Attends public or private high school in Miami-Dade County, Florida or Jefferson County, Alabama
  • Recipients must possess a financial need

VALUE
The value of the Scholarship is a minimum of $500, but the amount varies from year-to-year. Scholarship checks are sent directly from the Coral Gables Community Foundation to the bursar’s office of the recipient’s college or university.

Rotary Foundation of Coral Gables Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded by the Rotary Foundation of Coral Gables based on community service, strong academic performance, demonstration of leadership, integrity, financial need and potential to achieve career goals. Children and grandchildren of Rotarians are not eligible to apply.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 200 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to 33,000 Rotary clubs. The Rotary motto worldwide is Service Above Self.

Shine Bright Scholarship

Established by long-time Coral Gables Community Foundation Board Member and Scholarship Committee Chair, Matthew Meehan and Rod Hildebrant, the Shine Bright Scholarship is given annually to a student(s) who has demonstrated overall academic achievement and leadership within the school and in his/her community.

As a young adult, Matthew was a recipient of a college scholarship and knows firsthand the value of higher education. Born in Atlanta, Matthew settled in Coral Gables almost two decades ago and is the owner of over 30 companies spanning multiple industries across the U.S. including ShineWater – the inspiration for the Shine Bright Scholarship. In addition to promoting optimum health using natural ingredients, ShineWater impacts individuals beyond their distribution footprint and is devoted to partnering with communities in developing countries to bring permanent, sustainable healthcare to the chronically underserved.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Attends Coral Gables Senior High School and has for at least two years
  • Plans to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in post-secondary community college, vocational, technical school or state or private four-year college or university
  • Personal Statement of Financial Need
  • Essay: How have you shown leadership in your school or community and how has this helped define who you are? (700 word maximum)

VALUE
The scholarship varies in value, and can be up to four years. For example, in 2022 there was a one-year, $2,000 award and a four-year, $10,000 award ($2,500 x 4).

MAINTENANCE
If the recipient(s) is chosen for a multi-year scholarship award, the recipient must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout his/her college studies and send transcripts to the Foundation upon the completion of each academic year.

Jeannett Slesnick Scholarship

The Jeannett Slesnick Community Spirit Scholarship provides up to four years of college tuition assistance to a graduating senior from Coral Gables High School, Miami Senior High School or International Studies Preparatory Academy (ISPA) who has demonstrated an interest in communications, journalism, leadership and/or historic preservation. Special attention will be given to applicants who are applying to the University of Florida, Florida International University, the University of Virginia, the University of Mary Washington, or St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens).

The Jeannett Slesnick Community Spirit Scholarship was established in 2022 by Jeannett and Don Slesnick to support educational opportunities for deserving local high school graduates. As a Past Chair of the Board of the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Jeannett dedicated her life to being involved in her community. In addition to her successful real estate career, Jeannett served as a City Commissioner in Coral Gables and served on numerous boards of non-profit organizations including the South Florida Red Cross, Coral Gables Museum, Actors’ Playhouse, Junior League of Miami and St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church. She passed away in August 2023 following a battle with cancer, and Jeannett will always be remembered as a proud mother, a grandmother and a devoted wife to former Gables Mayor Don Slesnick.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants must attend Coral Gables High School, Miami Senior High School or ISPA
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Possess a desire to study in communications, journalism, leadership and/or historic preservation
  • Possess a financial need.
  • However not contingent upon enrollment in one of these institutions, the recipient(s) of this award must apply to at least one of the University of Florida, the University of Virginia, St. Thomas University (Miami) and/or the University of Mary Washington (Virginia).
  • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, counselor, mentor, coach or supervisor on a job/project

VALUE
The amount of the award varies. In 2022 six, 1-year awards were made ranging from $500 to $2,500.

MAINTENANCE
In order to maintain the scholarship each year, the recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout his/her college studies and send transcripts to the Foundation upon completion of each academic year.

Luke Sturgill Memorial Scholarship

The Luke Sturgill Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior(s) who plan to attend a vocational or technical school. Students must pursue a degree or certificate from a vocational or technical institution, or an Associates Degree.

The Luke Sturgill Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Luke’s aunt and Coral Gables resident, Laura Russo, in his memory to support educational opportunities for deserving high school graduates.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Applicants who attend one of the following high schools: Coral Gables Senior High; Miami Palmetto Senior High; Miami Killian Senior High; Miami Senior High; Robert Morgan Technical College (high school); George T. Baker Aviation Technical College (high school).
  • Must intend to attend a vocational or technical school and/or pursue an Associate’s Degree.

VALUE

The value of the scholarship is $500-$1,500 for one year.

DEADLINE

The deadline for the Luke Sturgill Memorial Scholarship is Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship

The fund was created by Lady Tweed before her passing in 1994. It reflected her love for children and her desire to help deserving students continue their education. Lady Tweed desired to have a scholarship program benefiting students’ commitment to education, volunteerism and leadership.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Demonstrate all around excellence in academics, volunteerism, athletics and/or extra-curricular activities with a minimum weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Attended Coral Gables Senior High at least two years, including the senior year
  • Enroll as a full time undergraduate student in a post secondary community college, vocational technical school or state or private four year college or university
  • Pursue any recognized course of study
  • Personal Statement of Financial Need

The value of the scholarship is $500-$1,000 for one year. Checks are sent directly from the Coral Gables Community Foundation to the bursar’s office of the recipient’s college or university.

Walter & Alma Vogel Memorial Scholarship

The Walter & Alma Vogel Memorial Scholarship was established in 2022 by Lori Thomas, in honor of her parents, to support educational opportunities for deserving local high school graduates. As a Merrick Society Member since 2015, Lori has been involved in her local community in addition to her involvement with Young Patroness of the Opera, American Red Cross of South Florida, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the Miami-Dade County Board of Elections.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Must be a full time senior student at Coral Gables Senior High School.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 while in high school.
  • Possess a financial need
  • Optionally submit SAT or ACT scores
  • College Studies majoring in science, technology, music or music education.

Value of Scholarship: The value of this four-year scholarship is up to $10,000 over the course of four years. The scholarship is distributed in annual installments.

Maintaining the Scholarship: In order to maintain the scholarship each year, the recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout his/her college studies, must be enrolled full time in a minimum of 12 credit hours per consecutive semester and send transcripts to the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

Mitchell Zuñiga Scholarship

The Mitchell Zuñiga scholarship provides college assistance to a graduating high school senior who played football for Coral Gables Senior High School.

About Mitchell Zuñiga. Mitchell was born in in Red Bank, New Jersey, and raised in Miami. Football was his great passion in his high school years at Coral Gables Senior High School. He played football on the offensive line for 4 years. Helping and caring for others was his nature. His friends would say he was gifted in making everyone who came across feel special and how he taught others how to love life. He volunteered at Habitat for Humanity for several years.  Mitchell attended Santa Fe College in Gainesville where he graduated with an Associate’s Degree. He then transferred to University of Central Florida and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management.

Mitchell’s Foundation, founded by his mother, Martha C. Méndez Mishael, is intended to keep his memory alive by providing students the opportunity to excel in education while participating in football.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a football player
  • Overall GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Graduating from Coral Gables Senior High School

The value of the scholarship will vary from year to year. Checks are sent directly from the Coral Gables Community Foundation to the bursar’s office of the recipient’s college or university.

Other Scholarship

James Captain Memorial Scholarship

APPLY HERE BY FRIDAY MAY 24th

This is a scholarship intended for young kids to go to SUMMER CAMP.

The James Captain Memorial Scholarship provides summer camp tuition scholarships to in-need children from Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. Founded by Coral Gables resident Tim Anagnost in loving memory of his brother and role model, James Captain, this scholarship fund was established at the Coral Gables Community Foundation in 2018. Applicants should be honored for consideration of this award. Mr. Anagnost feels that all children can benefit from a camp experience, especially those who may otherwise be unable to attend due to financial constraints or family situations.

About James Captain: James Captain was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1934. His family moved to South Florida when he was a child. Growing up, James always acted as a positive role model for his younger brother Tim. James graduated from Miami Senior High School and attended the University of Miami, where he received a degree in Speech Correction. He went on to receive a master’s degree in Communication Disorders and Audiology from St. Thomas University. James was a speech therapist in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system for over three decades. Having worked with children all of his adult life, Mr. Captain was a very special man who always demonstrated kindness and compassion to the children he helped. James loved sports and helping disadvantaged children in his community. This Memorial Scholarship celebrates his legacy and those who receive it should strive to emulate his traits of kindness and compassion.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • The scholarship is only to be used toward summer camp tuition assistance
  • Recipients must be residents of Coral Gables or Coconut Grove
  • Recipients must possess a financial need
  • The scholarship may be awarded annually to up to two (2) children to attend summer camp.
  • Scholarship committee will not consider siblings and kindly requests one application per household
  • Summer camp must be one of the approved summer camps on application list

The value of the scholarship varies from $1,000 to $3,000 based on the cost of selected camp. Checks are sent directly from the Coral Gables Community Foundation to the recipient’s camp of choice.

APPLY HERE BY FRIDAY MAY 24th

RULES FOR ALL APPLICANTS

Applicants must-

  • Be living in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or Canada
  • Be graduating high school seniors (U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam), graduating from grade 12 or graduating from home school education in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam or Canada
  • Plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2024-25 academic year at an accredited four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States.
  • After an award is made, for any multi year scholarship the student must submit their college transcript (unofficial is OK) at the end of each year to trigger the release of a payment for the second year. Student must be passing all classes that they attempted, and they must have a 3.0 GPA or better (Some scholarships include stricter standards for renewal).

SCHOLAR REPORTING FORM

If you received a multi-year scholarship in a past year you can use this form to update your status with the Foundation. Your student ID must match the one on file or we won’t process this.

Scholar Update Report