2020 RCLA Town Hall Scholars

Fifteen students will have the opportunity to take home a $2,000 scholarship, after participating in the 2020 Town Hall Lecture Series.

Twenty-eight students from local schools, including students from Imagine North Port, North Port High, Suncoast Polytech, Pine View, and Venice High School are participating in the series.

The Ringling College Library Association Town Hall Series kicked off Jan. 27 with a lecture from Gen. John F. Kelly. The event will feature five more, where students will participate in each lecture.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County communications manager Hunter Carpenter said, “Regarding how students are selected, two students who embody academic excellence, leadership, and community service, are nominated from each local high school by their principals to attend these lectures as “RCLA Town Hall Scholars.”

After the lecture, students write an essay reflecting on the impact the speaker’s message had on their life experiences. Based on the essays, Carpenter explained, up to 15 students will be awarded $2,000 college scholarships from the Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf Town Hall Scholarship Fund and the Dorothy B. Templeton Scholarship Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

The scholarship winners are expected to be announced in May or June.

For more information about the upcoming lectures, visit


The Allamanda Garden Club of North Port will be awarding two $325 scholarships for a week at Camp Wekiva, a residential youth nature camp in Central Florida, accredited by the American Camp Association and sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs for the purpose of instilling a love and respect for the REAL Florida through nature study, conservation and protection of the environment for the future of our state and planet. Wekiva Youth Camp is comprised of six one-week sessions during June and July in Wekiva Springs State Park, where FFGC partners with the Florida Park Service to improve and maintain the facilities. It promises to provide an unforgettable experience in a magical, pristine setting. Campers should be interested in nature and like the outdoors. Florida residency is not required, and campers are welcomed without regard to race, color, religion or ethnicity. Campers enjoy a unique outdoor living and learning experience, with close supervision. The child must be in grades 3-6 in the fall of 2020. Scholarships cover housing, meals, activities, and programs for a seven-day/six-night session. Scholarship winner must also register directly to Camp Wekiva for acceptance at For more information and to apply for Allamanda Garden Club’s $325 Wekiva Youth Camp Scholarship go to


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