USF Sarasota-Manatee intros new scholarship for veterans

October 16, 2013 

USF Sarasota-

Manatee joins effort to fund scholarship

SARASOTA -- The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is partnering with the Patterson Foundation's Legacy of Valor for a new scholarship to honor veterans.

From Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, donations of $25 to $1,000 made by credit card for creation of the Veterans Legacy Scholarship will be matched 100 percent by the Patterson Foundation.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is one of only 12 nonprofits selected to participate in the fund-matching campaign.

The Veterans Legacy Scholarship supports veterans by offering a nonrepayable scholarship to cover the gap between veteran eligibility for the GI Bill and tuition.

The Patterson Foundation will match donations up to the goal of $168,500.

USF Sarasota-Manatee has more 120 student veterans enrolled in classes. USF Sarasota-Manatee was also named the fourth-most veteran-friendly college in the country by Military Times.

Donations for the Veterans Legacy Scholarship should be made through

For more information, visit

New College students serve at 'alternative fall break'

SARASOTA -- Many New College students are spending fall break this week volunteering in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Students have offered to spend the break working with community service organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Sarasota-Manatee County Habitat for Humanity and programs at the North County Library.

New College students are also lending a hand Friday in the construction of the new playground at Visible Men Academy.

Bicycle helmet giveaway set for Saturday

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office and the Palmetto Police Department are partnering with Amscot Corp. for a bicycle helmet giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Law enforcement personnel will give out helmets and bicycle and roadway safety information at the Amscot at 3611 First St. E.

Williams Elementary to reap 'Harvest Fest 2013' Friday

MANATEE -- Williams Elementary will stage Harvest Fest 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

The festival includes a costume dance, "Trunk-or-Treating," haunted tunnel and a bonfire.

Admission is $8 per family in advance, and $10 per family the night of the event.

Information: 776-4040, ext. 2007.

-- Herald staff reports

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