From Cradle to College Foundation Awards

Paul Sharff and Harry Kinnan Memorial Scholarships

From Cradle to College Foundation is excited to share the recipients of the Paul Sharff and Harry Kinnan Scholarships.  Both Paul and Harry were outstanding men who truly made a difference in Manatee County and beyond through their focus on education. We continue to miss them, but it is truly our honor to recognize and remember them through these scholarships.  It is also our honor to award these scholarships to four individuals who we believe will carry on that tradition, always prioritizing education.

Through our partnership with Take Stock in Children Manatee, these promising young people are supported in their quest to join the noble education profession. As they serve in their chosen field, they will be helping to change the lives of others just as this support will change theirs.


Our sincere thanks to all the donors who made these scholarships possible, your donation has truly made a difference for today and tomorrow!


2023 Scholarship Recipients

Sharff and Kinnan Educator Scholarships


January 23, 2023

From Cradle to College Foundation is happy to announce its partnership with Take Stock in Children of Manatee County to award college scholarships to deserving students. The need for college financial assistance continues to grow in Manatee County, it is so important that we support our high school students in their pursuit of higher education, especially in a field that is in constant need of staffing.  Funding provided by the Foundation will allow four students to attend college to become educators, a field that was very important to the honorees of these scholarships.  Both Paul Sharff and Harry Kinnan understood how higher education can shape the future of our youth. Their efforts truly made a difference for Manatee County’s children, and we are proud to honor their legacy by supporting students.

The total of $20,000 will fund three Paul Sharff Memorial Scholarships for early educators (0-5 years) and one Harry Kinnan Memorial Scholarship for a K-12 educator.

From Cradle to College Foundation wishes to thank all the generous donors who made these memorial scholarships possible, it is truly well-deserved by these two men who are missed by so many.  We will be forever grateful for their contribution to our community.

First Responder Scholarships

From Cradle to College Foundation has partnered with the MTC Foundation for the administration and distribution of First Responder Scholarship Funds raised at the Leadership Prayer Breakfast in October 2021.  A check in the amount of $30,000 was presented to the MTC Foundation in May 2022 to support students seeking a first responder career.

The Directors of the Law, Public Safety, and Security programs met with the FCTCF Board and MTC Foundation Board members to update the group on programs and scholarships in November 2022.  Mr. Herb Moller, a major donor to the Scholarship Fund, was also present.

Our sincere thanks go out to Mr. Moller and all of those who donated for this meaningful purpose.

There are currently scholarship funds available for individuals interested in pursuing a Law Enforcement. EMT, or Firefighter career through Manatee Technical College.  To be considered, a counselor or financial advisor should reach out to MTCF  on behalf of the student to notify them of the need and request an application for the student.

Awarded funds may be used for specific program-related purposes, such as tuition, books, uniforms, and other expenses for MTC First Responder programs.


Interested in our Scholarship Program?

Contact MTC Foundation at 941-751-7900 ext. 1012 or

Contact the From Cradle to College Foundation at 941-900-4233 or

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