Scholarships & Charitable Giving

Each year the Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice raises close to $50,000 at Sun Fiesta and through other fund-raising activities.  These funds enable Women’s Sertoma to award scholarships to the winner and runner-up of the Miss Sun Fiesta pageant and additionally award at least 15 scholarships for continuing education students and graduating Venice High School seniors. In past years, Women's Sertoma has donated financial gifts to nonprofits serving the Venice community based on their needs.

RECENT AWARDS

2021

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The winners were honored by at our annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club on May 13, 2021.

VENICE HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Hughes, Trina - Florida Gulf Coast University

Kona, Madelyn - Florida Gulf Coast University

Longoria, Leilani - State College of Florida

Mai, Chau Ngoc - University of South Florida

Ring, Zoe - Florida State University

Sleight, Olivia* - Fl Southern or FGCU

Studt-Campbell, Madison - University of South Florida

Woodard, Parker - University of South Florida

ELAINE MOORE SCHOLARSHIP

The 2021 Elaine Moore Scholarship was awarded to Rebekah Kertz who is attending the University of Florida.

CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Returning students receiving scholarships are: Antonette Benedetto (University of South Florida), Sophia Pearce (College of the Florida Keys), Veronica Yealy (University of South Florida), Sarah Zoeteman (Florida Gulf Coast University), and Lauren Darby (University of South Florida).

2020

CHARITABLE GIFTS

In 2019, the Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice raised close to $38,000.00 at Sun Fiesta and through other fund raising activities.  In early 2020 these funds will be used to award at least 16 scholarships to continuing education students and Venice HS seniors as well as charitable gifts to the following non-profits:

 

All Faiths Food Bank

Christmas Shopping for Families in Need

Family Promise of South Sarasota County

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County

InStride Therapy Inc.

Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County

Sertoma Club of Venice/Sertoma Speech Clinic

Southeastern Guide Dogs

The Twig

The Warehouse of Venice Inc.

Venice Area Mobile Meals, Inc.

Venice Art Center, Inc.

Venice Symphony

Women’s Resource Center/Venice

MISS SUN FIESTA SCHOLARSHIP

Miss Sun Fiesta 2020: Faith Kern

First Runner-up: Helen Sanford

Second Runner-up: Annie Resendez

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VENICE HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

We awarded 13 scholarships for $1,500 each to the following students: Harmony Caie, Janelle Colombo, Kaylee Cumbo, Simone Ebert, Jaelyn Floyd, Nicolette Kulcsar, Thalita Torres Lessa, Hannah Luff, Jennifer Lukowski, Star Amber Major, Thanasorn Sammacheep, Sierra Smith and Hailey Thompson.

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ELAINE MOORE SCHOLARSHIP

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CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Returning students receiving scholarships are: Alison Hinshaw, Caroline Jungles, and Sarah Zoeteman.

The 2020 Elaine Moore Scholarship was awarded to Sophia Pearce. 

2019

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CHARITABLE GIFTS

In 2018, the Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice raised close to $50,000 at Sun Fiesta and through other fund raising activities.  In early 2019, these funds were used to award at least 15 scholarships to continuing education students and Venice HS seniors as well as charitable gifts to the following non-profits:

 

All Faiths Food Bank

Child Protection Center

Christmas Shopping for Families in Need

Family Promise of South Sarasota County

Friends of the Venice Public Library

InStride Therapy Inc.

Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County

Loveland Center

Sertoma Club of Venice/Sertoma Speech Clinic

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Sky Family YMCA Preschool

Southeastern Guide Dogs

Special Olympics Florida Sarasota County 

Student Leadership Academy

The Twig 

The Warehouse of Venice Inc.

Venice Area Mobile Meals, Inc.

Venice Art Center

Venice High School Renaissance

Venice Symphony Children’s Program

Women’s Resource Center/Venice 

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MISS SUN FIESTA SCHOLARSHIP

In 2019, the Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice raised close to $38,000.00 at Sun Fiesta and through other fund raising activities. Miss Sun Fiesta 2018 winners from left to right Amanda Barrett, Teagan Erickson, and Dahlia Martinez.

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VENICE HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Venice High School scholarship recipients are, from left:

Sierra Dozier, Emily Duzs, Laura Kulcsar, Sarah Ann Loncar, Camrin Palmer, Kirsten Smith, Abigail Solovyev, Devin Wensley, and Erin Szablowski. Not pictured: Larissa Macauley and Kaylee Zayner.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Returning students receiving scholarships are, from left: Mickayla Ambrosio, Lauryn Darby, Jenna Duzs, Bryana Mammana, Gianna Percora, Christine Pomerleau, Antonia Ventura and Betsy Williams. Not Pictured: Caroline Jungels.

2018

CHARITABLE GIFTS

In 2017, the Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice raised close to $67,000 at Sun Fiesta and through other fund raising activities.  In early 2018, these funds were used to award at least 15 scholarships to continuing education students and Venice HS seniors as well as charitable gifts to the following non-profits:

 

All Faiths Food Bank

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters

Child Protection Center

Christmas Shopping for Families in Need

Epiphany Cathedral School

Family Promise of South Sarasota County

Friends of the Venice Public Library

Grace United Methodist Pre-School

InStride Therapy Inc.

Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County

Loveland Center

Mental Health Community Centers/Beacon House

Our Mother’s House

Pregnancy Solutions

Sertoma Club of Venice/Sertoma Speech Clinic

Shop with a Cop

Sky Family YMCA

Solve Maternity Homes

Southeastern Guide Dogs

The Twig Warehouse

The Warehouse of Venice Inc.

Venice Area Mobile Meals, Inc.

Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center

Venice High School Renaissance

Venice Symphony

Women’s Resource Center/Venice

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MISS SUN FIESTA SCHOLARSHIP

Barbara Thompson with Miss Sun Fiesta:  Jillian Steffens and 2nd runner up: Caroline Kincaid. 

 

Unable to attend 1st runner up:  Aubrey Cleckner

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VENICE HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Venice High School scholarship recipients are:

Mikayla Ambrosio, Jenna Duzs, Veronica Yealy, Pamela Zavla, Sarah Zoetman. 

 

Unable to attend Rachel Luff

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CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Returning students receiving scholarships are:

Caroline Jungels, Gianna Pecora, Cristine Pomerleau, Julianne Reed, Antonia Ventura and Melissa Whitman

2017

In 2016, the Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice raised over $58,000 at Sun Fiesta and through other fund raising activities. In 2017, these funds were used to award 13 scholarships to continuing education students and Venice High School seniors, as well as charitable gifts to the following non-profits (pictured above):

 

All Faiths Food Bank

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters

Child Protection Agency

Christmas Shopping for Families in Need

Family Promise of South Sarasota County

Grace United Methodist Pre-School

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota

InStride Therapy Inc.

Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County

Loveland Center

Mental Health Community Centers/Beacon House

Our Mother’s House

Pregnancy Solutions

Sertoma Club of Venice/Sertoma Speech Clinic

Shop With A Cop

Sky Family YMCA

Southeastern Guide Dogs

SPARCC

Take Stock In Children

The Warehouse of Venice Inc.

Venice High School Renaissance

Venice Symphony

Venice Youth Boating Association

Women’s Resource Center/Venice