Local philanthropists and business supporters have made donations to USFSM that further leadership, scholarship and growth at the university. These include:
- Bright House Networks has donated $165,000, including $150,000 in advertising support along with the establishment of the Bright House Networks Scholarship Fund. Over three years, USFSM will award 15 Bright House Scholars up to $1,000 per academic year. Scholarships will be awarded based upon a combination of merit and need and are available to all full-time undergraduate students in any college on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.
- Carol and Tom Williams made a naming gift of $25,000 to help build the new USFSM science labs and classrooms at Mote Marine Laboratory. As S.T.E.M. education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) becomes increasingly critical to our local and state economies, the Carol and Tom Williams Classroom at Mote Marine Laboratory will be an invaluable asset. USFSM is currently creating new undergraduate science programs that will be offered to the 2013 inaugural freshman class that begins in August.
- The JSP Foundation created the JSP Foundation Scholarship to help individuals overcome the challenges of pursuing a degree in Education while raising a family as a single parent. This $50,000 gift will provide two $5,000 scholarships per academic year to qualified students. It is available to eligible full-time, undergraduate students in the USF College of Education on the Sarasota-Manatee campus who are pursuing a degree in K-12 education.