NFC Foundation awarded $40,000 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to benefit student scholarships

Over 400 NFC students helped through NFC Edward K. Roberts Scholarship to date

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MADISON, FL (January 20, 2021)  – North Florida College has been awarded $40,000 from the Edward K. Roberts Community College Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, helping multiple NFC students with tuition and living expenses through the Edward K. Roberts Scholarship.

The Community Foundation’s 2020-2021 funding has helped 63 NFC students, including over 40 student parents this past summer, fall and spring with tuition, books, fees or essential living expenses.

“Studies show that parents who complete a college degree can often double their income and, in return, have a profound impact on the success of their children,” said NFC Director of Resource Development Judy Lundell. “We are pleased to partner with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to award such meaningful scholarships that truly make a positive impact in the lives of NFC students.”

According to Lundell, a two-generation approach to build family wellbeing is extremely important to the NFC Foundation. “Anytime we can help a parent or a family through the Edward K. Roberts Scholarship account or help a family afford college, that is a great day.”

NFC students that receive the Edward K. Roberts Scholarship funding often share their appreciation with the NFC Foundation. Zabriel Dawkins says that the assistance has “helped me continue my education as a single parent” and Amanda Miley says “this scholarship has allowed me to focus more on my studies and less on the financial impact my going to school has on my family; thank you for the peace of mind this scholarship has afforded me.”

“Without the Sarasota Foundation [funding], I’m not sure it would have been possible to go back to school without getting another job,” said Haley Mortlock. “I would like to thank the NFC Foundation for the scholarship I received. I am able to juggle home, school and work. I am forever grateful!”

Edward K. Roberts Scholarships are awarded with preference given to part-time NFC students who may not qualify for other financial aid or are student parents, single or married, working to better themselves and their families through education.

For 40 years, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has matched donors with causes, creating lasting impact across generations. This is the 10th consecutive year that NFC has been awarded funding from the Community Foundation to assist North Florida students. Since 2011, NFC’s Edward K. Roberts Scholarship has helped a total of 431 NFC students.

The NFC Foundation is grateful to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and recognizes Mr. Edward K. Roberts for the role each has played in the lives of so many NFC students. 

For more information about the Edward K. Roberts Scholarship at NFC, contact the NFC Foundation office at 850-973-9414 or More information is also available at


About the Community Foundation of Sarasota County: The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. With assets of $421 million in more than 1,500 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling $48.9 million dollars last year in the areas of education, the arts, health and human services, civic engagement, animal welfare and the environment. Since its founding, the Community Foundation has been able to grant more than $323 million to area nonprofit organizations to our community thanks to the generosity of charitable individuals, families, and businesses. For more information, visit or call (941) 955-3000.