Ralph S. French Charitable Foundation Supports SCF Performing Arts Studio

(Bradenton, Fla., August 15, 2019) — The Ralph S. French Charitable Foundation has awarded the State College of Florida Foundation (SCFF) a $10,000 grant to support the Music Instrument Depot at the new Studio for the Performing Arts at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF). The grant will be matched by the SCFF board of directors for a total contribution of $20,000.

Scheduled to open in 2020, the Studio is expected to play a major role in serving the growth of music, art and theatre programs in the region. The Music Instrument Depot will be a climate-controlled, secure environment for at least 100 high-quality musical instruments used by the SCF Symphonic Band, SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra, the Big Band, the Jazz Combo, the Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theater Pit Orchestra, and other community and college groups. All the instruments are available for student use free of charge.

The Ralph S. French Charitable Foundation has donated $80,000 to the Foundation since 2016, including a $20,000 donation for the Studio for the Performing Arts’ student practice rooms in 2018. The Music program at SCF annually serves more than 500 general education students, including 80 music majors.

For more information, visit SCF-Foundation.org or call 941-752-5390.

$1,500 Walmart Grant to Support SCF Studio for the Performing Arts

Click to see: photo of Studio of Performing Arts Perspective view from East (9-23-19) and site plan (9-23-19)

Bradenton, Fla., August 8, 2019) — The Walmart Community Grants team, on behalf of the Walmart store at 5315 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton, has awarded State College of Florida Foundation a $1,500 grant to support the Studio for the Performing Arts at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF).

The nearly 15,000-square-foot building will be attached to SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center and Howard Studio Theatre. Upon completion, the Studio for the Performing Arts will include a recital hall, percussion suite, music library, dance studio, soundproof practice rooms, instrument storage area, costume storage, and faculty offices. The new facility will support SCF’s expanding music program and community groups that practice and perform at SCF.

“By receiving this grant, you are part of a long history of Walmart’s commitment to giving back to the communities where we operate,” said Kabir Kumar, senior director, community giving for Walmart. “We are thrilled to support the Foundation’s work in our communities and share your desire to provide local impact.”

For more information visit SCF-Foundation.org.

Rendering of the future Studio for the Performing Arts exterior.
SCF Studio for the Performing Arts

New SCF Collegiate School Venice Receives Grants from Local Walmart Stores

(Bradenton, Fla., August 1, 2019) — The State College of Florida Foundation received two grants of $1,000 each from Walmart store #769 in Venice and Walmart store #1874 in Englewood to help with start-up costs for the new State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) at SCF Venice.

“We are thrilled to support your work in our communities and share your desire to provide local impact,” said Kabir Kumar, senior director, community giving for Walmart. “By receiving this grant, you are part of a long history of Walmart’s commitment to giving back to the communities where we operate.”

SCFCS Venice will launch this fall with an inaugural class of high school juniors. The Sarasota County School Board unanimously approved the application for the new charter school last summer. In its second year, the school will educate both juniors and seniors.

The Collegiate School’s goal is to help students achieve success by offering access to the College’s technology, academic coaching, advising and additional resources. The focus is on showing students how to succeed in a rigorous environment and overcome obstacles to reach their goals. Students at SCFCS Venice can earn a high school diploma and a tuition-free Associate in Arts degree simultaneously.

To learn about additional opportunities to support the Collegiate School or other campaigns at SCF, visit SCF-Foundation.org or call 941-752-5390.

About State College of Florida Foundation

SCF Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, supports the mission of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. The Foundation raises funds and acts as an ambassador for SCF’s students, donors and alumni. The Foundation gives out more than $1 million in student scholarships annually and provides financial support for programs, faculty, technology, equipment and capital for the College. For more information, visit SCF-Foundation.org or call 941-752-5390.