Scholarship Purpose

The Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida is proudly offering the ” James E. & Margaret M. Schwarz Scholarship“, an academic scholarship made possible through the Catholic Legacy of  Margaret M. Schwarz and her loving family.  Through the Schwar’z generous gift to the Foundation, a one time academic scholarship of approximately $7,500 will be available to a graduating senior from Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota, Florida who will be pursing a career in education.

The scholarship can be used for tuition, books, fees and housing expenses.  *Members or relatives of the Catholic Community Foundation staff, Board of Directors, the Office of Catholic Schools, the Scholarship Committee or  James  and Margaret Schwarz are ineligible to apply.


  • Current high school senior at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota, Florida;
  • Completion of an online application and financial needs assessment;
  • Submission of an essay on why the student wants to pursue a career in education and what they hope to achieve in that field;
  • Acceptance into an accredited college or university;
  • Academic performance in high school;
  • Volunteer activity;
  • Description of extracurricular activities including, but not limited to, work, clubs, teams, etc.

Scholarship Flyer


*Applications are now closed

Go to Application

Application Instructions:

  1. Use the “Application” link at the top right of the page to access the application or click here.
  2. Complete the Application and Financial Needs Assessment.
  3. Upload required documents to the application including your completed high school transcripts (showing UNWEIGHTED GPA and volunteer hours), most recent FAFSA form with your SAI (Student Aid Index), and proof of acceptance into an accredited college or university.
  4. Submit and certify the Application when fully completed.  Once submitted, no changes can be made.
Scholarship Winners

Those interested in learning how to set up an annual scholarship in their name, or the name of a loved one, please visit Open a Fund.

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