Mr and Mrs Selby created their private foundation in 1955. They were interested in long-lasting endeavors that were well regarded and made a positive impact in the community. Over 2,518 grants have been made to 359 organizations...
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By investing in people through academic scholarships and supporting capital projects of local organizations, the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation looks beyond what is and enables change for what can be. 


The 2017 Selby Scholarship Application is available here

(please review the eligibility criteria first)

*Because April 1st falls on a Saturday this year (2017) the deadline will be moved to Monday, April 3rd.

Areas of Interest

Mr. and Mrs. Selby were very interested in helping local students with limited financial means pursue a higher education, with the goal of not only achieving a meaningful career but also of helping their community. Today, “Selby Scholars” are undergraduate students with exceptional potential who embrace Mr. and Mrs. Selby’s values of leadership and service.

Scholarships will be awarded up to $7,000 per year, not to exceed one-third of the individual’s financial need. These awards are renewable, with certain requirements, for the four years the student is enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university. 

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Like all of our funding, this scholarship program is only available to residents of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or DeSoto counties. Applicants must be either:

1) Graduating seniors from any high school in those 4 counties; or
2) Graduating Associate degree students from any state college in those 4 counties (SCF, Edison, or S. FL Community College) 

All applicants must be planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university on a full-time basis. Students who are already in college, or those planning to pursue a 2-year degree are not eligible. Further criteria are listed below:

Scholarship awards will be based on:

 Demonstrated financial need
 A minimum 3.0 (unweighted) grade point average
 High school (or state college) transcript
 ACT or SAT scores
 Evidence of personal growth potential through letters of recommendation from teachers and community members
 Perspective on personal values and future plans outlined in essays
 A personal interview


Selby Scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years, provided that the student maintains at least a 3.0 GPA while enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester) at an accredited university. Renewal is not automatic, it must be re-applied for each year, but the process is greatly simplified:
Renewals are due once per year in mid-July. Students will receive an email notification in June with a link to the renewal form, which requires a brief essay, confirmation of contact and school details, along with a current transcript and award summary for the coming year.

Unique Benefits of the Selby Scholarship

There are two unique benefits of the Selby Scholar program that distinguish it from most other scholarships. First and foremost is the annual Selby Scholar Symposium, which each recipient is expected to attend. Held in Sarasota during the December/January holiday break, this lunchtime event pairs students with local community leaders working in their chosen fields. It is a great opportunity for Selby Scholars to network and to learn more about their career paths.

The second unique benefit of the Selby Scholar program is that the amount awarded each year can vary based on the student’s current financial need. Instead of simply awarding a standard sum (as most other programs do), we calculate each student’s financial need every year to ensure that our award amount is optimal. This is particularly beneficial for second-year students, who often return to school without the one-time scholarship money they received as freshmen.

Scholarship Process Summary

To apply for a scholarship, simply complete the Online Scholarship Application Form (link at top and bottom of this page). The Foundation has a firm deadline on April 1st by 11:59pm (in 2017 the deadline will be Monday April 3rd), which means that the application will not be available after that time. If you are experiencing difficulties with the automated system, you may contact our office for support.

After your application is received, it will be reviewed by a volunteer panel of 9 community members in an attempt to determine how well you fit the Selby Scholar program. The panel will select 60 students to proceed to the next step. Once those students are selected, all applicants will be notified in writing of the status of their application. The 60 students selected by the panel will then be scheduled for a personal interview. After all the interviews are complete, the panel will select 40 finalists to become Selby Scholars.


Q: Are there restrictions on which school I can attend or which major I can choose as a Selby Scholar?
A: The only restriction is that the school you attend must be an accredited, 4-year institution. Otherwise, you may go anywhere and study anything you like.

Q: What happens if I change schools after receiving the scholarship?
A: As long as your new school is also an accredited, 4-year institution, there is no problem. The Selby Scholarship will simply “follow” you to the new school.

Q: What happens if my GPA drops below a 3.0?
A: You will still be considered a Selby Scholar, although you will not be eligible to receive further funding until you have at least a 3.0 GPA. Some students choose to enroll in Summer school to raise their GPA, but be advised that if you take credits at a different institution, the grades you earn don’t usually count toward your overall GPA. Finally, if your GPA goes above 3.0 in mid-year (after the Fall semester) you may be eligible to receive ½ your regular scholarship amount for the Spring semester.

Q: Do you have any programs for Graduate Students?
A: Unfortunately, we do not. However, if a Selby Scholar completes his/her undergraduate degree in 3 years, the 4th and final year of funding may be applied to graduate school.

The 2017 Selby Scholarship Application is available here
(please review the eligibility criteria first)

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