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Scholarship Programs

Scholarships to graduating seniors

Each year, the Sarasota Manatee Council of the NLUS will award two two - year scholarships worth $ 5,000 ($2,500 each year) to outstanding seniors currently enrolled in our sponsored NJROTC, MCJROTC, CGJROTC,  Sea Cadets, and Young Marines Units as well as children and grandchildren of Sea Service Veterans in Sarasota and Manatee County or children and grandchildren of a member of the Sarasota Manatee Council of the Navy League




Recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, leadership achievement, character, and recommendations . 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

  • Cadet  enrolled in the NJROTC Unit at North Port High School or

  • Cadet enrolled in the CGJROTC Unit at Pinellas High School or 

  • Cadet  enrolled in Maritime Eagles Sea Cadets or 

  • Cadet  enrolled in the Imagine School Young Marines or

  • Child of a crew member of the USCGC Resolute or of Station Cortez

  • Children residing in Sarasota or Manatee County who are the child or grandchild of a Sea Service (U, S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard or U.S. Flag Merchant Marine) Member or Veteran or

  • Children residing in Sarasota or Manatee County who are the child or grandchild of a member of the Sarasota Manatee Council of the Navy League

They must be entering their freshman year (first year) of an accredited college in the fall ,majoring in Science, Technology , Engineering or Math OR will be attending ManateeTechnical College or Suncoast Technical College ,

They must have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 grade scale (weighted)(equivalent to a B average in High School ).


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 andacademic/career objectives in 500 words or less , including some narrative about community service.

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

RECOMMENDATIONS. Two (2) letters of recommendation from a non - family member such as a teacher , coach, employer , youth leader or pastor. It is preferred that one of these recommendations be from a STEM teacher in the general field of the applicant’s intended major . Recommendations should attest to the character of the applicant .



To continue to receive $2500 funds for the second year, applicants must show that they completed their freshman /first year with a 2.7 grade point average by submitting their full year transcript to Sarasota Manatee Council NLUS , ATTN: SCHOLARSHIPS,  PO Box 5531 Sarasota FL 34277 - 5531 by June 15 before their second year.


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

Attn: Scholarships

PO Box 5531

Sarasota, FL 34277-5831

If you wish to submit the package by email you may do so.  Address the email to:  Please assure that all the pages that require a signature are scanned so that the signature is provided. When it is received we will acknowledge the receipt by replying to your email. 



The deadline for submission is 1 April.

Questions should be referred to Steve Bartek, Al Burda 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 summer seasons for students in 7th to 12th grade. The session that we have committed to this year runs from 12PM on June 23rd to 1PM on June 28th 2024. 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  and the deployment program 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, Pinellas Park High School CGJROTC, Venice Middle School Young Marines, Epiphany Cathedral School Young Marines North Port Imagine 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 are: Steve Bartek, Phone  941-484-5225 Email: or 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 


If you wish to submit the application by email you may do so.  Address the email to:  The email must have all the required elements detailed above.  We will acknowledge receipt of your submission by replying to your email.

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, CGJROTC,  Young Marines, or Sea Cadets)

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