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"Gifted Hands" - An Evening with Dr. Ben Carson Raises $100,000 for Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters, SFIRC raised more than $100,000 at this event held on April 2, 2015 at St. Edward’s Waxlax Center. Following a cocktail reception prominent pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson addressed an enthusiastic, near-capacity audience that included more than 70 young people from local organizations.



Scholarship Foundation Mourns Passing of Founder Dan Richardson

The Board of Scholarship Foundation is saddened by the passing of our founder Dan K. Richardson, who died on December 17, 2014 at age 95.


Local Support for Local Students


Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County was founded in 1964 by Dan K. Richardson and members of the local Rotary Club as a chapter of Scholarship America's Dollars for Scholars program with a vision and mission of helping local students realize their dream of going to college by providing need-based scholarships. Graduating GirlsFrom 1965-2013, as Dollars for Scholars of Indian River County, we fulfilled that mission by awarding $9.7MM to 2,760 accomplished and deserving Indian River County students.


In 2013, we recommitted to serve our local community and changed our name to Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County when our parent organization imposed new centralized systems and process requirements that we felt would take away from our resources and core mission of supporting local students with local dollars. We decided to disaffiliate from them and continue to pursue our mission as Scholarship Foundaton of Indian River County.


Though we changed our name, everything else remained the same -- our vision and mission, our board of directors, our program, our dedicated volunteers and our commitment to serve the students of Indian River County with the dream of going to college.


Scholarship Foundation is supported solely through the generosity of the residents and businesses of Indian River County. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Our volunteer Board of Directors raises our funds, sets our policies, reviews scholarship applications and interviews student applicants and their families.


Scholarship qualifications and applications are available online each year after January 1 and must be submitted by our mid-February deadline. We welcome the support of all who wish to join us in fulfilling the college dreams of the hardworking, talented and deserving students in Indian River County.

Making a Difference since 1965...


Attention: Applicants

Application deadline has passed. Applications for the Class of 2016 will be accepted starting January 1, 2016. If you will be a HS Senior or in college in 2015-2016, check our requirements to see if you might qualify for a scholarship.

$575,000 Awarded to Class of 2015

Scholarship Foundation awarded 90 college scholarships to 42 local students at its 50th Annual Awards Ceremony, held at VBHS's Performing Arts Center on May 26, 2014. This year’s recipients will receive $575,000 in need-based financial aid to attend 24 colleges and universities in ten states and Canada.

Parents, friends, alumni and donors gathered as scholarship sponsors and board members presented the awards.

This year’s scholarship packages range from $2,000 to $30,000, with the largest of these need-based awards available to the recipients of our most prestigious scholarships - the Richardson and Jaffe awards. These highly competitive awards went to:

Richardson Scholar Awards: IRCHS senior Marissa LoPresti, VBHS senior Mackenzie O’Connell and St. Eds senior Daniella Pulido. Marissa and Mackenzie will attend UF, majoring in biology and pre-pharmacy respectively. Daniella will go to Wake Forest University, where she will major in political science.

Frances and Ronald Jaffe Education Foundation Scholarships: IRCHS’s Avery Hyle, who will attend UF majoring in computer engineering and St. Edward’s senior Ian Leveton, who will attend Hamilton University, majoring in bio-medical engineering.



Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County
Address: PO Box 1820, Vero Beach, FL 32961-1820  •  Phone:772-569-9869  •  Fax: 772-770-6181
Email: info@SFIndianRiver.org