Pictured (from left to right): Troy Miller, Associate Director for Research and Policy, Florida College Access Network; Steve Cantees, Executive Director of High School Education, Sarasota County Schools; Lori White, Superintendent, Sarasota County Schools; and Mimi Cirbusova, Young Professionals Group Coordinator, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

The Talent4Tomorrow Partnership, which serves the Greater Sarasota region, presented trophies from the 2016 Florida FAFSA Challenge to Sarasota County Schools for its efforts to increase the number of students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The winners were recognized during a May 18th school board meeting before school and district staff, students and other members of the community.

Through March 31st, the Sarasota school district raised FAFSA completion by 4.3% from last year and had the highest percentage of students filling out the application, with a completion rate of 36.4%. This accomplishment is due in part to the help of the Talent4Tomorrow Partnership’s local college access network, in which business and civic leaders partnered with schools and the district to make FAFSA completion a priority.

As a result, Sarasota County received an impressive eight of the inaugural Florida FAFSA Challenge awards this year.  Click here to see photos from the other winners recognized at the Sarasota trophy presentation, courtesy of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

Florida CAN congratulates Sarasota County and the Talent4Tomorrow Partnership on this success!


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