Scholarship Programs

$1000 Scholarship to graduating seniors

Each year, the Sarasota Manatee Council of the NLUS will award two or more 1 year scholarships worth $1,000 each to outstanding seniors currently enrolled in local NJROTC, MCJROTC, Maritime Eagles Sea Cadets, and Young Marines Units.



Recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, leadership achievement, character, and all-around ability. In general, students awarded scholarships must be intelligent, academically motivated, and community-minded young men and women who have demonstrated an appreciation of the laws, traditions and values of the United States.

To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must be a Cadet currently enrolled in the MCJROTC Unit at Venice High School or a Cadet enrolled in the NJROTC Unit at North Port High School or a Cadet enrolled in Maritime Eagles Sea Cadets or a Cadet enrolled in the Imagine School Young Marines and must be entering their freshman year (first year) of an accredited college in the fall., They must have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 grade scale (weighted)(equivalent to a B average).

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION (Please type all information)

Applicants must complete and submit the following:

APPLICATION FORM. (Blank Attached) A Navy League  Scholarship Application form—be sure to sign it! Although typing is preferred, it may be neatly printed.

PERSONAL STATEMENT. A typed statement of your personal goals and academic/career objectives in 500 words or less.

TRANSCRIPT.  A high school transcript complete through Fall Semester of the current school year.

RECOMMENDATIONS. Up to two (2) letters of recommendation from a non-family member. For JROTC applicants, one of these must be from the Unit’s Senior Military/Naval  Instructor. For Sea Cadets and Young Marines one must be from the Unit Leader.

OPTIONAL DOCUMENTATION (Please type all information)

Some students and their families experience situations that challenge or limit a student’s opportunity for future success. Please feel free to include a description of any extenuating circumstances in your life that you would like our review panel to keep in mind when considering your application. You may include up to, but no more than one, additional page describing the details of your situation.



All application information and supporting material must be sent to the Sarasota Manatee Council NLUS in a single package. Partial, incomplete or late applications will not be accepted for any reason. Applications should be sent as follows:

Sarasota Manatee Council NLUS
PO Box 5531

Sarasota FL 34277-5531


The deadline for submission is 1 April.


Questions should be referred to Al Burda VP or Dick Petrucci.



Scholarship to National Flight Academy-Deployments Program

National Flight Academy Scholarship Application 

The Sarasota-Manatee Council, Navy League of the United States, awards two scholarships per year to the National Flight Academy. One scholarship is named in memory of “CAPT Slim Russell” and the second scholarship is named in honor of John Osterweil who is a staunch supporter of our Council. 

The Academy’s 6-day Aviation-themed Deployment program is offered during the spring and summer seasons for students in 7th to 12th grade. Tuition for the program is paid by the council, but recipients are responsible for providing their own transportation to/from the National Flight Academy located aboard NAS Pensacola, FL. Additional information about the Academy, the deployment program and session dates can be found on the National Flight Academy website: To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a member in good standing of one of the youth groups sponsored by this council: North Port High School NJROTC, Venice High School MCJROTC, Venice Middle School Young Marines, and Maritime Eagles Sea Cadets. Interested students should submit applications with an essay via their appropriate unit Commanding Officer and/or Senior Advisor. Points of contact for this Navy League scholarship program is: Al Burda, Phone 941-223-4380 Email: or Richard Petrucci,  Phone 941-727-0578 Email:

 Application requirements: 

1.      Write an essay of 500 words or less telling us why you want to go to the National Flight Academy and why you should be selected for this scholarship. Include your goals.

2.      Resume include:

a.       Academic Accomplishments such as GPA, class standing, STEM courses, Honors Classes, etc

b.      Leadership Development such as leadership training, promotions within the unit, etc.

c.       Athletic Extra-Curricular Activities

d.      Non-Athletic Extra-Curricular Activities

e.       Community Service

f.       Notable Awards Received

3.      Submit your application to the Sarasota-Manatee Council via your unit chain of command; application must have a recommendation from unit Commanding Officer and/or Senior Advisor.

Sarasota Manatee Council NLUS
ATTN: NFA Applications 2019
PO Box 5531

Sarasota FL 34277-5531 

Deadline date for submission to your Commanding Officer and/or Senior Advisor is April 1 

Include the following information with your essay:


Name___________________________________________   Age ________

 Grade__________ School________________________________________

 Mailing Address_______________________________________________


 Email Address ________________________________________________

 Phone Number_________________________________________________

 Qualifying Youth Organization____________________________________

(Sarasota-Manatee Council sponsored NJROTC, MCJROTC, Young Marines, or Sea Cadets)