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Short Takes – Chipola Foundation Scholarships now available online

The Chipola Foundation scholarship application process has changed to an all online process for the Fall 2024 semester and the scholarship list and application links are now available on the Chipola College Foundation webpage. The Chipola College Foundation scholarship list for the 2024-2025 school year is now available. The scholarship list outlines more than 150 different scholarship opportunities that will result in several hundred scholarship awards.

In order to apply for scholarships through the Chipola College Foundation, students will first have to apply for admission to Chipola College to receive an official Chipola student number and Chipola email address in order to access the scholarship application form. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for college admission in order to receive the Chipola email and ID number in time to apply for scholarships.

There will be one online application that will apply students for scholarships for which they are qualified. Based upon the applicant’s answers, the software will direct the applicant to other scholarship opportunities that they may be qualified for- so be sure to answer all of the questions!

The application will still ask that an applicant submit two letters of recommendation. For the online application, the student will enter two different email addresses for each person providing a letter of recommendation. The software will send an email to that person asking them to submit a reference. The person can either upload an actual letter or can type the recommendation directly into the text box provided.

The McLendon Educational Trust Scholarship is awarded by the semester and has changed to an online application process for the Fall 2024 semester as well. The link to apply for the McLendon Scholarship for the Fall 2024 is now active and available on the Chipola College Foundation webpage. This a separate online application from the Chipola Foundation general scholarship application.

The Chipola Foundation staff is available to answer questions, and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we transition to the online scholarship application process. If you have questions or need assistance, please call 850-718-2445. 

Chipola College awarded $40,000 grant from the Edward K. Roberts
Community College Fund

Funding for scholarships at Chipola College, provided by the Edward K. Roberts Community College Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

The Edward K. Roberts Endowment Scholarship was established at Chipola College for the Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semester. The scholarship fund was created with a $40,000 donation from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with funds from the estate of the late Edward K. Roberts.

Multiple partial tuition and/or books/educational expenses scholarships, preference will be given to students that are parents of minor children and can be either married or single parents and applicant must outline this information in the application letter, and preference given to part-time students who may not qualify for other financial aid, applicants must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA each semester at Chipola and must have a minimum 2.0 high school GPA, and must follow standard college requirements.

The scholarships support Chipola College’s mission “to provide access to quality learning opportunities” for the Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters. The application deadline is June 4, 2024. A description of the scholarship and application are available online at  To contact the Chipola Foundation, call 850-718-2445.

Chipola Social Media Scholarship available

The Chipola College Marketing and Media Department will award TWO $1,000 Social Media Influencer scholarships for the 2024-25 school year.

The scholarships may be used toward tuition and/or books in the amount of $500 for the Fall and $500 for the Spring semesters at Chipola College. Applicants must have a 2.5 Cumulative GPA or higher.

To apply, applicants must submit a creative, fun audition video no longer than 2 minutes explaining why they chose to go to Chipola. Applicants should include their name, major, class and contact information in addition to the video. Submissions should be emailed to

The top video submissions will be posted on social media to allow the public to help choose the winners.Two winners will be chosen and notified. 

The recipients of the award must meet weekly with the Chipola Marketing and Media office and assist with social media projects.

For more information contact the Chipola Marketing and Media office at (850) 718-2264 or

COVID-19 deaths top 2,650

Florida this year has had a reported 2,658 resident deaths linked to COVID-19, though the pace of deaths is lower than during the past four years, according to data posted on the state Department of Health website Monday. The data showed 229 deaths this year in Miami-Dade County and 209 in Palm Beach County. Other counties with 100 or more deaths are Brevard, Broward, Hillsborough, Orange, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota. The pandemic hit the state in 2020. That year, Florida had a reported 23,344 deaths, according to state data. The number jumped to 39,866 in 2021, before declining to 21,290 in 2022 and 8,434 in 2023.

Gas prices stable as Memorial Day nears

Gasoline prices in Florida were flat over the past week, as large numbers of travelers prepare to hit the road for Memorial Day. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in Florida was $3.44 on Monday, the same as a week earlier, according to the AAA auto club. Nationally, the average price dropped 3 cents a gallon to $3.59. Last week, AAA estimated 2.5 million Floridians will travel more than 50 miles during the holiday period, a 5 percent increase from the same time in 2023. Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale are among the top anticipated U.S. destinations for the weekend, according to AAA. Parts of Northwest Florida continued Monday to have the state’s lowest average gas prices, including $3.19 a gallon in the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach area, according to AAA. The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area, by contrast, was at $3.65 a gallon. The statewide average was down 15 cents from a month ago but was 2 cents higher than a year ago.

Abortions Top 22,000 Before 6-Week Law

More than 22,000 abortions were performed in Florida this year before a law took effect May 1 preventing abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Newly posted data on the state Agency for Health Care Administration website showed a reported 22,409 abortions had been performed as of May 1. That was up from 14,735 abortions a month earlier. Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican-controlled Legislature passed the six-week limit last year, and it took effect after the Florida Supreme Court ruled April 1 that a privacy clause in the state Constitution does not apply to abortion rights. The six-week limit is expected to dramatically reduce the number of abortions performed in the state. Voters in November will decide whether to approve a ballot proposal that would enshrine abortion rights in the Constitution.