USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Brunch on the Bay sells out with over 1,000 supporters slated to attend

A sellout crowd of over 1,000 attendees will dine on the bayfront at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s 18th Annual Brunch on the Bay.  Held at the Powel Crosley Estate on Sunday, November 6th, the event benefits USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) scholarships, particularly the First Generation Scholarship, which is matched by the state.

Since its beginnings in 1994, Brunch on the Bay has generated almost $850,000 in scholarships for local USF students.  For 2010-2011, financial aid was awarded to 265 students totaling $167,238.

As USFSM prepares to begin accepting freshman in the fall of 2013, scholarship dollars raised through events like Brunch on the Bay will assist in the transition to a 4 year University by providing incentives for students to stay local.  Currently, USFSM is comprised of four colleges and schools: the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management.  More information about USFSM can be found online at