USF Sarasota-Mantee is Proud to Support Legacy of Valor Campaign for Veterans


The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is proud to announce its participation in the Legacy of Valor matching funds campaign through the creation of the Veterans Legacy Scholarship. From Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, individual donations of $25 to $1,000 made by credit card in support of the scholarship will be matched 100 percent by The Patterson Foundation.

The Legacy of Valor Campaign is a community-driven partnership created by The Patterson Foundation honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families. USFSM is one of just 12 community nonprofits that were selected to participate in the campaign.

“This campaign, along with the Veterans Legacy Scholarship demonstrates USFSM’s gratitude for the service of our country’s veterans to our community and to our university,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee.

The Veterans Legacy Scholarship supports veterans by offering a non-repayable scholarship to cover the gap between veterans’ eligibility for the GI Bill and their tuition. The scholarships will enable veterans to stay in school and not lose momentum in their studies due to financial need.

“We understand the struggles that some veterans face when returning from service,” Dr. Guilford said. “We hope that this scholarship will help to alleviate some of the stress and worry that student veterans have to deal with in their lives.”

The Patterson Foundation will match eligible donations from $25 up to $1,000 made per donor/per organization through, a site created in partnership with The Giving Partner. The Patterson Foundation will match up to $168,500, which was the collective goal determined by the participating organizations.

“Support of veterans has always been a top priority for the USF System, and especially locally at USF Sarasota-Manatee,” said Dr. Guilford. “We hope that with the creation of this scholarship that USFSM continues to be a place where veterans can successfully complete their education.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee has over 120 student veterans currently enrolled in classes and offers a wide variety of services through the Veterans Services office on campus. In addition, USF was named the fourth most veteran-friendly college in the country by Military Times.

To help support the Veterans Legacy Scholarship and to learn more about the Legacy of Valor campaign please donate below:

PHOTO: USF Sarasota-Manatee senior Edward Valdez, Retired U.S.M.C. Master Sergeant. Served 20 years, including combat deployments in Somalia, the Adriatic Sea and Bosnia. Awarded Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.