More than 200 students from Sarasota and Charlotte counties, including one from Boca Grande and a five-time winner from Rotonda West, have been awarded college scholarships from Gulf Coast Community Foundation.Ashley Kreher, the Gasparilla Gazette Look Who’s Talking interview in the June 2 edition, will be able to further her medical education with the aid of scholarships including: the Charles S. Herron Jr. M.D. Student Healthcare Scholarship, Englewood Youth Foundation Scholarship, Gulf Coast Community Foundation Scholarship, Lemon Bay High School Virginia Preston Memorial Scholarship and Wellington Chen M.D. Student Health Care Scholarship.Kreher compiled a 4.429 grade-point average before the May 20 LBHS graduation cereony by completing honors and college courses.”I’ll start out with a major in exercise science, with health-related stuff like human anatomy and nutrition – stuff I’ll use in my medical career,” Kreher said in an interview for LWT. “I was fortunate enough to shadow an orthopedic surgeon, which is what I want to do.”Ariane Dumas of Boca Grande received the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Scholarship. She is attending Louisiana State University in an honors program and plans to study molecular biology.This year, GCCF awarded 334 scholarships totaling $410,200 to 231 Southwest Florida students for the 2011-12 academic year.”For more and more people without a college education, the future is closed,” said Teri Hansen, president and CEO of GCCF. “Gulf Coast and our donors are committed to opening doors for these students, who we know will make our community proud.”GCCF scholarships help students attend accredited postsecondary vocational schools, colleges and universities. The money comes from GCCF’s scholarship fund and dozens of other charitable funds created at the foundation by individual donors, businesses and organizations.The Gulf Coast Board placed a priority on helping students pursue studies in science- and math-related fields. About 59 percent of students selected to receive scholarships plan to seek degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math.The scholarship focus complements GCCF’s five-year, $2.5-million project to transform learning in Sarasota and Charlotte county middle and high schools.”The fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs require proficiency in math, yet fewer U.S. students are graduating with degrees in these fields,” said Hansen. “We need to help our children soar in science and math. Our prosperity and quality of life and their very future depend on it.”Since 1997, GCCF has invested $4.35 million in scholarships. This year’s scholarships went to the following Englewood, Placida, Rotonda West, and Boca Grande students:Arne and Dorothy Iversen Scholarships: Trey Chabot, Levi Dill, Brooke Giuliano, Christine Kelly, Juliet Reilly and Cara Zambella.Arthur E. Gulick M.D. Vocational Scholarship: Cari Snyder.Charles S. Herron Jr. M.D. Student Healthcare Scholarships: Karisa Cicchella, Ashley Kreher, Megan Livesey, Brieanna Park, Bhumi Patel and Taylor Stockton.Christopher L. Woiak Memorial Scholarship for Big Brothers Big Sisters: Leah Kinsey and Miranda Weese.Englewood Masonic Family Scholarship: Gabrielle Abernathy and Daniel Mason.Englewood United Methodist Men’s Fellowship Scholarship: Jason Knott.Englewood Youth Foundation Scholarship: Richard Barclay, Amanda Chapman, Rebecca Dukarski, Samantha Freiberg, Stephanie Guido, Ashley Kreher, Juliet Reilly, Michelle Thomas, Anita Vorlicek,Delaney White and Tirey Williams.Englewood Youth Foundation Scholarship in Memory of Frances B. Concordia: Jordan Dillmore and Anna Russo.Englewood Youth Foundation Scholarship in Memory of Janet E. and Henry J.G. Davis: Hayley Balliet, Megan Gibson, Emily Stuckey and Sarah Sweeterman.Englewood Youth Foundation Scholarship in Memory of Nick Pihowicz: Michelle Golonka, Daniel Melvin, Candace Osborne, Olivia St. Amant, Robert Stern and Jessica Ungarelli.George F. Dignam Memorial Scholarship: Rebecca Dukarski, Leah Kinsey, Miranda McCoy and Kaylee Verity.Grace Herrmann Nursing Scholarship: Jessica Johnson.Gulf Coast Community Foundation Scholarship: Sophie Berry, Trey Chabot, Karisa Cicchella, Allyson Cole, Wesley Dickerson, Rebecca Dukarski, Adriana Forino, Megan Gibson, Brooke Giuliano, Ashley Kreher, Leah Kinsey, Jessica LeSan, Megan Livesey, Katherine Newton, Brieanna Park, Bhumi Patel, Cari Snyder and Victoria Thamer.Key Agency Inc. Charitable Fund Scholarship: Levi Dill, Amanda Moore and Katherine Newton.L.A. Ainger Jr. High School Foundation Scholarship: Francis Alibro, Sophie Berry, Casey Dodge, Sean Gooding, Stephen Krupa, Miranda McCoy, Sarah Sweeterman, Delaney White and Tirey Williams.Lemon Bay American Legion Scholarship: Hayley Balliet, Adrienne David, Elonna Falk and Michael McNutt.Lemon Bay High School Mary B. Conwell Scholarship: Gunnar Garnos, Michelle Golonka, Anna Russo, Jessica Ungarelli and Anita Vorlicek.Lemon Bay High School Walter J. McCormick Jr. Scholarship: Rebecca Dukarski, Samantha Freiberg, Stephanie Guido, Christine Kelly and Daniel Melvin.Lemon Bay High School Virginia Preston Memorial Scholarship: Zoe Brew, Theresa Iommelli, Ashley Kreher, Tyler King, Caitlin Macy, Robert Miller and Megan Neiding.Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Scholarship: Sophie Berry, Ariane Dumas, Megan Gibson, Megan Livesey and Michelle Thomas.Marion B. Thompson Scholarship: James Bowman III, Garrette Furo, Katherine Maier.Michael Bingamen Memorial Scholarship: Megan Livesey.Richard M. Morrison M.D. Student Healthcare Scholarship: Victoria Thamer.Robyn Knapp Gullotta Soccer Scholarship: Hannah Dodd and Megan Gibson.Tom and Annette Dignam Family Trust Scholarship: Allyson Cole, Levi Dill, Krista Fogo, Brooke Giuliano, Cierra McCoy, Amanda Moore, Katherine Newton and Kaylee Verity.Wellington Chen M.D. Student Health Care Scholarship: Ashley Kreher.