Maria-Francesca Massaro-Guglielmo
A graduate of Sarasota’s Out-of-Door Academy (ODA), Maria-Francesca Massaro-Guglielmo is a current student at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She was among the top 10% of the 2014 graduating class at ODA and earned membership in both the National Honor Society and the Cum Laude Society. In 2014 Maria-Francesca was honored as the recipient of ODA’s prestigious Head’s Choice Art Award in 2014 for artistic excellence. Her recent participation in regional art shows have been received with rave reviews and a number of purchase inquiries.

Visit to view a select collection from Maria-Francesca’s portfolio.

Paula Kozak
The Out-of-Door Academy
Upper School, Middle School
Art Teacher, Swimming Coach

Paula Kozak held a B.F.A. degree from Ringling School of Art and Design, and completed Art –12 teaching certification at the University of South Florida. She joined The Out-of-Door Academy staff from the Manatee School of Arts and Sciences, where she was an art teacher for grades K-6. Ms. Kozak taught and inspired art students at the high school level in graphic design, illustration and painting in a variety of mediums.

Ms. Kozak passed away in May 2015.

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The Out-Of-Door Academy
Established in 1924, The Out-of-Door Academy college-preparatory school is the second oldest private school in Florida. Although The Out-of-Door Academy has evolved continually during its almost 90 years, two remarkable women, founders Fanneal Harrison and Catherine Gavin, had a profound effect on the school's character, extending even to the present day. Their uniquely progressive mission was to nourish the minds, bodies, and spirits of children.

David Mahler is the Head of School at The Out-of-Door Academy, which serves more than 600 students, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, on its two campuses. With a rich history of excellence in education, Out-of-Door remains dedicated to its longstanding commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and the development of self-confident, responsible young people.

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Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School
Among the most respected independent, college preparatory schools in the nation, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School provides a world-class education for students in grades Pre-K3 through 12. At every level, students are nurtured in small classes, encouraged and supported by outstanding faculty who help them navigate a carefully designed and balanced curriculum of academic rigor and character development.

Rich academic offerings go hand-in-hand with a strong college counseling program, allowing every student an opportunity to pursue higher education. Saint Stephen’s students are excelling today in colleges and universities nationwide, thanks to a strong foundation for success built on proven educational models.

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To provide scholarships to students from Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota County and Saint Stephen's Episcopal School in Manatee County, pursuing a degree in Arts and/or Communications.

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Scholarship applicants must apply prior to April 30th of a calendar year and meet the following criteria...

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