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USF Sarasota-Manatee extends deadline for students to apply for housing scholarships

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The deadline to apply for housing scholarships has been extended for new and returning students who want to live in USF Sarasota-Manatee's new residence hall when it opens this fall.

USF has been accepting applications to live in the building since last fall, and on Jan. 22 began accepting applications for the scholarships, which will be for up to $4,000 over two semesters in 2024-25. The scholarships are made possible by the generosity of community donors.

The housing scholarship deadline has been extended. Scholarship awards are limited and based on date of submission and until funds are exhausted. To ask questions about the housing scholarships, email

“When this complex opens and welcomes its first residents it will create a new vibrancy for the campus,” said Brett Kemker, USF Sarasota-Manatee regional vice chancellor of academic affairs and student success. “The first residential students will be trailblazers that will guide and advise the direction of the campus experience alongside our student success professionals.”

USF announced the scholarships during a celebratory event on Jan. 22 marking the progress in the construction of the six-story student center and residence hall overlooking Sarasota Bay, the first major expansion of the Sarasota-Manatee campus since it opened in 2006.

The first two stories of the 100,000-square-foot building will be a student center that will include a ballroom, dining facilities, a bookstore, a game room and study lounges, as well as offices for USF World, student government and other student organizations.

The top four floors will be comprised of suites and apartment-style residences for 200 USF students. Some students will be members of an interdisciplinary Living Learning Community with peers who share similar academic, career and co-curricular interests.

Residents of the new building are scheduled to move in on Aug. 23.

Kemker also touted what the student center will bring to campus.

“There is no doubt that the programming and amenities in the student center will change the student experience for commuter and residential students alike,” Kemker said. “It will create a sense of place and identity for all of our students, a place of their own where they can build and shape the culture of this campus.” 

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