Scholarship Guide

The money’s out there, so don’t miss any opportunity to get your share.

Start your search right here with our list of more than 75 scholarships that range in award from $100 to tens of thousands of dollars over four years. Apply for all the scholarships that match your plans and interests; you may be surprised at what you receive. Even small scholarships can add up quickly.

In this list and on the internet, look for local organizations, like service clubs and family foundations whose awards may not be so well known, and you’ll have a better chance. And don’t forget your high school guidance counselor – a great source for local scholarship opportunities.

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FLORIDA OR SPECIFIC COUNTY RESIDENTS ACADEMIC/LEADERSHIP
COMMUNITY SERVICE EMPLOYER RELATED
ESSAY CONTESTS ETHNICITY
FIELD OF STUDY HEALTH OR DISABILITY
MEMBERS OF ORGANIZATIONS SPECIAL INTERESTS
CAREER & TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STUDIES STATE SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANT PROGRAMS

FLORIDA OR SPECIFIC COUNTY RESIDENTS

Bailey Family Foundation
www.bailey-family.org | $20,000 over four years | High school seniors in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk counties; one scholarship per high school. Minimum 2.5 GPA, essay, demonstrated financial need | 3/15/18

Barnes Scholarship
www.tampabay.com/company/times-fund/scholarships | Up to $15,000 per year | High school seniors in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough counties. Academic achievement, overcoming significant obstacles, financial need | 10/21/17

Brevard Schools Foundation
www.brevardschoolsfoundation.org/programs/scholarships | $ Varies | Multiple opportunities for high school seniors in Brevard County | March 2018

Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
www.jaxcf.org | $ Varies | Numerous opportunities for high school seniors in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties | 5/1/18

Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
www.yourcommunityfoundation.org/scholarships | $ Varies | Numerous opportunities for high school seniors in Palm Beach and Martin counties | 2/1/18

Dunkin Donuts South/Southwest Florida
www.dunkindonuts.com/en/about/scholarships | $ Varies | High school seniors in South and Southwest FL counties with strong character, academics, leadership and who have experience in a work environment | April 2018

Ford Salute to Education
www.stescholarships.org/index.html | 100 awards of $1,500 each | Seniors at Miami-Dade or Broward County public or private high schools. Minimum 3.0 GPA, financial need, community involvement, academic achievement, leadership, character, life goals, obstacles overcome, objectives achieved | February 2018

Selby Scholarship
www.selbyfdn.org/scholarship-program.html | $ Varies | Graduating high school seniors or state college associate degree students in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or DeSoto counties who will pursue a bachelor’s degree. Minimum 3.0 GPA, financial need, personal growth, values | 4/1/18

Southern Scholarship Foundation Housing Award
www.southernscholarship.org | Up to four years of college housing valued at nearly $50,000 | Students who have been accepted to specific Florida colleges and universities. (Check website for details.) Minimum 3.0 GPA, financial need, character, motivation | Priority given to applications submitted by 3/1/18

Southwest Florida Community Foundation
www.floridacommunity.com/scholarships | $ Varies | Numerous opportunities for high school seniors in Lee, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Charlotte counties | 3/1/18

The George Snow Scholarship Fund
www.scholarship.org | $ Varies | Opportunities for high school seniors at Palm Beach County High School or graduating from Pompano High School or Blanche Ely High School in Broward County | 2/1/18

ACADEMIC/LEADERSHIP

AXA/U.S. News & World Report Achievement Scholarship
www.axa-achievement.com | $2,500 — $25,000 | High school seniors. Community involvement and achievement | 12/15/17

Davidson Fellows
http://www.davidsongifted.org/Fellows-Scholarship | $10,000, $25,000 or $50,000 | Young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work in one of these categories: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box | February 2018

Elks Most Valuable Student
www.elks.org/scholars/mvs.cfm | $4,000 to $50,000 over four years | High school seniors. Scholarship, leadership, financial need | November 2017

GE-Ronald Reagan Foundation
www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs | $10,000, renewable | High school seniors who embody the characteristics of President Ronald Reagan at school, in the community, in the workplace and at home | January 2018

Simon Youth Community
www.syf.org | Up to $1,500 | High school seniors who live near a Simon Property Mall | 3/5/18

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Burger King Scholar Program
http://bkmclamorefoundation.org/who-we-are/programs/burger-king-scholars-program | $1,000 to $50,000 | High school seniors with a passion for community service, minimum 2.0 GPA | 12/15/17

Do Something Scholarships
www.dosomething.org/about/scholarships | $5,000 to $10,000 | Participate in campaigns to improve the community and document your participation to be eligible | *

Educational Research Center of America’s Scholarship Program
www.studentresearch.org/our-scholarship-program | $1,000 – $5,000 | The Community Contribution Scholarship is open to all high school students who have recognized a need or problem in their community and have determined a way to address the issue. | July 2018

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
www.barronprize.org | $5,000 | Students up to age 18 who have executed a service project to help the community or protect the environment; must be nominated by an adult | 4/15/18

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
www.prudential.com/community/spirit/awards | $1,000 or $5,000 | High school students. Outstanding service to others | November 2017

Ronald McDonald House
www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships | $1,000 and up | Various scholarships with specific requirements; minimum 2.7 GPA | 12/20/17

Stonegate Charitable Foundation Community Service Award & Scholarship
www.stonegatebank.com/a_charity.htm | $1,000 | High school seniors who live in Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach or Sarasota counties. Volunteer performance in the community, academic standing, financial need | 3/1/18

Young Women in Public Affairs
www.zonta.org/Global-Impact/Education/Young-Women-in-Public-Affairs-Award | $1,000 or $4,000 | Young women ages 16-19 who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes | *

EMPLOYER RELATED

American Bus Association (ABA) Members
www.buses.org/aba-foundation/scholarships/aba-member | $2,500 | High school seniors who are dependent children of full-time employees of ABA member companies. Minimum 3.0 GPA | 4/6/18

Federal Employee Education & Assistance Scholarships
www.feea.org/programs/scholarships | $500 to $5,000 | High school seniors who are dependents of civilian, federal or postal employees. Minimum 3.0 GPA, essay, recommendation letter | March 2018

Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation
www.gordonrich.org/html/req.html | $50,000 | High school seniors who are dependent children of full-time employees in the financial services industry. Minimum 3.5 GPA, demonstrated financial need | February 2018

Humana Foundation
www.humanafoundation.org/associate_programs/scholarship_program.asp | Up to $3,000, renewable | Children of associates of Humana. Academic record, leadership, special circumstances | April 2018

Scholarships for Military Children
www.militaryscholar.org | $ Varies | Dependent child of an active duty, reserve or retired member of the military. 3.0 GPA, essay | February 2018

ESSAY CONTESTS

Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests
www.aynrand.org/contests | $200 to $20,000 | Several contests and topics based on Rand’s novels | April 2018

Florida School Counselor Association
www.fla-schoolcounselor.org | $500 | High school seniors. One-page essay on “How has your school counselor made a difference?” | April 2018

Optimist International Essay Contest
www.optimist.org/e/member/scholarships3.cfm | Up to $2,500 | 9th to 12th grade. Essay on “Can Society Function Without Respect?” submitted to local Optimist Club | January – February 2018

Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship Essay Contest
www.regions.com/promo/black-history-scholarship | $5,000 | High school seniors. 500-word essay on an African-American individual who has inspired and motivated you | 2/28/2018

Resume Companion
www.resumecompanion.com/scholarship | $1,000 | High school seniors. Create a resume based on the life of any fictional or non-fictional character, from TV, history, literature or myth. | July 2018

Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship
www.vfw.org/VOD | $1,000 to $30,000 | 9th to 12th grade. Written and recorded essay (3-5 minutes) based on “American History: Our Hope for the Future” | 10/31/17

Washington Crossing Foundation
www.gwcf.org/AppDownload.html | $500 to $5,000 | High school seniors planning a career in government service. Application, recommendation, one-page essay on career choice, including inspiration to be derived from the leadership of George Washington in his crossing of the Delaware | 1/15/18

ETHNICITY

Arab American Institute
www.aaiusa.org/scholarships | $ Varies | Students of Arab heritage. Check website for list of several scholarships plus info on internships and leadership programs | *

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
www.apiasf.org | $ Varies | Students of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage. Minimum 2.7 GPA | *

Association on American Indian Affairs
www.indian-affairs.org | $500 to $1,500 | Students enrolled in their tribe with at least one-quarter Indian blood. Complete one application to be considered for several different awards | 6/1/18

Gates Millennium Scholarship
www.gmsp.org | $ Varies | Minority students who meet federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria and have demonstrated leadership abilities; must be nominated by an educator. Minimum 3.3 GPA (or GED) | January 2018

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
www.hsf.net/en_us/scholarships | $ Varies | Various scholarships for Hispanic students. Minimum 3.0 GPA | *

Jackie Robinson Foundation
www.jackierobinson.org | Up to $7,000 per year | Minority high school seniors. Must submit SAT/ACT scores and demonstrate leadership and financial need | 2/15/18

José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund
www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org | $2,000 | Need-based merit scholarship for eligible students of Spanish culture who will attend Florida public or eligible private institutions | 4/1/18

Ron Brown Scholar Program
www.ronbrown.org | $10,000 per year; total of $40,000 | African-American high school seniors. Academics, community service, financial need | 11/1/17 to be eligible for Scholar Program and additional awards; 1/9/18 for Scholar Program only

Sons of Italy Foundation
www.osia.org | $4,000 to $25,000 | Various scholarships for students of Italian heritage | February 2018

United Negro College Fund
www.scholarships.uncf.org | $ Varies | Fill out student profile form online to search more than 7,000 scholarships | *

FIELD OF STUDY

American Academy of Chefs
www.acfchefs.org/ACF/Education/Scholarships/ACF/Education/Scholarships | $2,500, renewable | High school seniors accepted to an accredited, post-secondary college, with a major in either culinary or pastry arts, or be an ACF registered apprentice. | December 2017

American Dental Education Association
www.adea.org/studentawards | $ Varies | High school seniors enrolled as a part- or full-time student in a course of study in dental hygiene, education or public health | November 2017

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
www.ashrae.org/membership-conferences/student-zone/scholarships-and-grants/high-school-senior-scholarships | $3,000 | High school seniors accepted into pre-engineering, engineering or engineering technology programs leading to a bachelor’s degree in a course of study that traditionally has been a preparatory curriculum for the HVAC&R profession. | 5/1/2018

Florida Engineering Society
www.fleng.org/scholarships.cfm | $ Varies | Multiple scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in engineering. Submit application to local chapter representatives | *

Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association
www.fngla.org/education-and-research/scholarships | $ Varies | High school seniors preparing for a career in horticulture | January 2018

Florida Realtors Education Foundation
www.floridarealtors.org/AboutFar/Scholarships | $1,000 and up | High school seniors who will attend an undergraduate college or university and pursue a real estate related field of study | March 2018

James Beard Foundation
www.jamesbeard.org/scholarships | $ Varies | High school seniors who plan to enroll in a course of study leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree at a licensed or accredited culinary school | May 2018

National Society of High School Scholars Foundation
www.nshssfoundation.org/scholarships | $ Varies | High school seniors planning careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), business, economics, public policy, environmental science or sustainability | *

Shell Oil Company
www.shell.us/careers/students-and-graduates/scholarships/scholarship-opportunities-for-high-school-seniors.html | $2,500, renewable | High school seniors enrolling in engineering or geosciences at select universities, including Florida A&M University | March 2018

Society of Women Engineers
http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/scholarships | $1,000 to $10,000 | Young women who plan to study engineering or computer science | 5/1/18

Tampa Bay Times Fund Career Journalism Scholarship
www.tampabay.com/company/times-fund/scholarships | $2,500, renewable | High school seniors in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando or Citrus counties with demonstrated interest in a media/journalism career. Essay, achievements/awards, recommendation letters | 1/20/18

Ted Rollins Eco Scholars
www.tedrollinsecoscholars.com | $1,000 | High school seniors enrolling in a sustainability-related field of study | 6/15/18

HEALTH OR DISABILITY

Jason Ackerman Foundation
www.becauseofjason.org/programs | $ Varies | High school seniors who survived a tragic illness or circumstance. Minimum 2.5 GPA | May 2018

Lighthouse Guild Scholarship for the Blind
www.lighthouseguild.org/programs-services/scholarships | Up to $10,000 | High school seniors who are legally blind with strong academic accomplishments. | 3/31/18

National Center for Learning Disabilities
www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards | $2,500 to $10,000 | High school seniors with a documented learning disability, demonstrated perseverance and commitment to achieving personal goals despite the challenges of their LD | *

National Hemophilia Foundation
www.hemophilia.org/Community-Resources/Scholarships | $ Varies | Multiple scholarships for promising students in the bleeding disorders community | *

Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarships for Survivors
www.patientadvocate.org/index.php?p=69 | $3,000, renewable | Students who have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for a chronic, life threatening or life debilitating disease within the past five years. Bachelor’s degree candidates only | 2/22/18

MEMBERS OF ORGANIZATIONS

DECA
www.deca.org/scholarships | $1,000 to $15,000 | Current DECA member | *

Florida American Legion
www.floridalegion.org/programs-services/scholarships | $500 – $2,500 | High school seniors who are direct descendants (children, grand-children, great-grandchildren, and legally adopted children) of a member of the American Legion’s Department of Florida or of a deceased U.S. veteran who would have been eligible for membership in the American Legion. | February 2018

GTE Financial
www.gtefinancial.org/about/student-opportunities/student-scholarships | $2,500 | Incoming freshmen or undergraduate students who are members of GTE Financial in Florida. Minimum 3.0 GPA | June 2018

Marine Technology Society
www.mtsociety.org/education/scholarships.aspx | $ Varies | High school students accepted into full-time programs with focus in marine technology, marine engineering and/or marine science. MTS membership required. | April 2018

Mensa
www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships | $ Varies | Application and essay (550 words) explaining your career, academic and/or vocational goals. Scholarships available for Mensa members and non-members | 1/15/18

National Association for the Self-Employed Dependent
www.nase.org/Membership/Benefits/NASE_Dependent_Scholarship_Program.aspx | $ 3,000 | High school seniors who are dependents of NASE members. Selection criteria include leadership abilities, strong academics, financial need | April 2018

National Future Farmers of America
www.ffa.org | $ Varies; more than $2 million awarded each year | Numerous programs available to FFA members and a few programs for non-members | 2/1/18

Phi Delta Kappa Prospective Educator Scholarships
www.pdkintl.org/programs-resources/scholarships-awards/prospective-educator-scholarships | $ Varies | Numerous opportunities for high school seniors who have a connection to PDK by having a family member or teacher who is a PDK member, or through membership in Educators Rising. | April 2018

SPECIAL INTERESTS

American Radio Relay League Foundation
www.arrl.org/scholarship-descriptions | $500 to $5,000 | Multiple awards to young radio amateurs with strong academic performance, dedicated community service and active amateur radio involvement | 1/31/18

Florida Striders Track Club
www.floridastriders.com/scholarship | $1,000 (4 winners) | High school seniors from Northeast Florida who are runners and active in track and field events. Essay required | 3/1/18

Ocean Awareness Student Contest
www.fromthebowseat.org/contest.php | $250-$1,500 | High school students will create an original work of art, prose, poetry, or film that interprets the annual Contest theme and advocates for ocean conservation. | June 2018 * Check website for multiple opportunities and deadlines.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
http://www.artandwriting.org/what-we-do/the-awards/how-to-enter | $ Varies | 9th to 12th grade students whose creative work demonstrates originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision through art or writing. | *

SeaWorld Orlando Environmental Scholarship Program
www.seaworld.com/orlando/educational-programs/scholarships | $5,000 | High school seniors with a commitment to conservation or environmental issues. Minimum 3.0 GPA | March 2018

Taco Bell Live Más
www.livemasscholarship.com | $2,500 to $25,000 | Innovators, creators and dreamers who submit a video (2 minutes or less in length) that tells the story of your life’s passion | *

Vegetarian Resource Group
www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm | $5,000 or $10,000 | High school seniors. Demonstrated compassion, courage and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle | 2/20/18

CAREER & TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STUDIES

2017 Skilled Labor Shortage
www.homeadvisor.com/r/scholarships | $5,000 | High school seniors accepted to college or trade school. Essay describing a creative solution to America’s skilled labor crisis. | 12/15/17

Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarships
https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical | Up to $2,500 | Need-based scholarships for students enrolled in a career or technical program who have overcome adversity | June 2018

Imagine America High School
www.imagine-america.org/highschoolscholarships | $1,000 | High school seniors planning to attend career colleges. Demonstrated community service, minimum 2.5 GPA | 12/31/17

Women in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
www.womeninhvacr.org/webapp/p/244/whvacr-scholarships | $2,000 | Women entering the HVACR industry through a technical or trade school | 6/1/2018

State Scholarship and Grant Programs

The Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance provides grants and scholarships to Florida residents to assist with financing postsecondary education. Application criteria and deadlines vary. Detailed information is available at www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org.

Access to Better Learning and Education Grant Program
Tuition assistance for students at eligible Florida private colleges and universities.

Benacquisto Scholarship Program
Merit scholarship for National Merit® or National Achievement® Finalists.

First Generation Matching Grant
Need-based grant for first generation college students.

Florida Resident Access Grant
Tuition assistance for students at eligible Florida private, non-profit colleges and universities.

Florida Student Assistance Grant
Need-based grant for students at participating postsecondary institutions, including career education centers.

Florida Work Experience Program
Need-based program providing eligible Florida students work experiences to complement and reinforce their educational and career goals.

José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant
Need-based merit scholarship for students of Hispanic origin who attend Florida public or eligible private institutions.

Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship
Scholarship for students based on academics and need who attend Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College, Florida A&M University or Florida Memorial University.

Rosewood Family Scholarship
Scholarship for students who are direct descendants of Rosewood families affected by the historical incidents of January 1923.

Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans
Tuition assistance for eligible students attending Florida public or eligible private institutions.