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Do you want free money for college? Scholarships are the way to go!

Use this extensive list of scholarships to match your passions, abilities and post-secondary plans.  Apply early for all the scholarships that match your interests – you may be surprised at what you receive! 

Local scholarships can really add to your college treasure chest!

You’ll be surprised how many businesses and community organizations offer money to local students to help reach their education dreams.  Reach out to the chamber of commerce, city/county leaders and family friends who are business owners. You’re the one they want to support, so you’ll have a better chance at success.  And don’t forget your high school guidance counselor; they are a great source of local scholarship opportunities.  Do your research and apply today!

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Elks Most Valuable Student
$4,000 to $50,000 over four years |
High school seniors. Scholarship, leadership, financial need. | 11/15/20

Equitable Excellence Scholarship
Equitable Excellence Scholarship
$2,500 — $25,000 | High school seniors. Community involvement and achievement. | 12/15/20

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes
Multiple awards of $20,000 over four years |
High school seniors currently involved in high school, intramural or community-based sports. Leadership in sports, academics, achievement and essays. | Dec. 2020

LifeSmarts Safety Smart Ambassador Scholarship
$1,000 |
Open to LifeSmarts Safety Smart Ambassadors who demonstrate leadership in the community by teaching important life lessons to younger students. | 12/1/20

Simon Youth Community
Up to $1,500 |
High school seniors who live near a Simon Property Mall. | 2/19/21


Community Service

Burger King Scholar Program
$1,000 to $50,000 |
High school seniors with a passion for community service, minimum 2.5 GPA. | 12/15/20

Do Something Scholarships
$1,000 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
$2,500 – $15,000 |
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 2021

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
$10,000 |
Students up to age 18 who have executed a service project to help the community or protect the environment. | 4/15/21

Great Value Colleges Community Service Scholarship
$1,500 |
High school seniors who show exceptional passion for community service and have demonstrated concrete ways to enhance their education through service. | Nov. 2020, July 2021

Jimmy Rane Foundation
$500 – $5,000/year, renewable |
High school seniors who exhibit academic excellence, leadership skills and community involvement with demonstrated financial need. | Feb. 2021

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
$1,000 or $5,000 |
High school students. Outstanding service to others. | 11/6/20

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships
$5,000 plus matching $5,000 grant to your favorite hunger charity |
Students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models that provide solutions to eliminate hunger in America. | 12/5/20

Young Women in Public Affairs
$1,500 or $4,000 |
Young women ages 16-19 who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes. | *


Essay Contests

B. Davis Scholarship
$1,000 |
High school juniors and seniors who plan to attend an accredited college or university. 1,000-word essay: Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most and why they are so important. | May 2021

Florida School Counselor Association
$500 |
High school seniors. Essay. | April 2021

Optimist International
Up to $2,500 |
Essay on “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams You Imagine?” submitted to local Optimist Club. | Jan. 2021

Regions Riding Forward®
$5,000 |
High school seniors. 500-word essay on an African-American individual who has inspired and motivated you. | 2/28/21

Resume Companion
$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 2021

The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary 2018 Scholarship
$1,000 |
High school seniors. Essay on “Why You Shouldn’t Drink and Drive” inspired by a personal story. | 8/31/21

Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship
$1,000 to $30,000 |
9th to 12th grade. Written and recorded essay (3-5 minutes) on “What Makes America Great?” | 10/31/20

ZipRecruiter Scholars Program
$3,000 |
High school seniors. Write a creative job interview follow-up email and generate a template for future use. | 11/30/20



Arab American Institute
$ Varies |
Various scholarships for Arab American students. Check the website for a list of several scholarships and internship opportunities. | *

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
$ Varies |
Students of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage. Minimum 2.7 GPA. | 1/10/21

Association on American Indian Affairs
$500 to $1,500 |
Students enrolled in their tribe. Complete one application to be eligible for multiple awards. | *

Gates Millennium Scholarship
$ Varies |
Minority students who meet federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria and have demonstrated leadership abilities; must be nominated by an educator. | Jan. 2021

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
$ Varies |
Various scholarships for Hispanic students. Minimum 3.0 GPA. | *

Jackie Robinson Foundation
Up to $7,500 per year |
Minority high school seniors. Demonstrate leadership and financial need. | 2/1/21

José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund
$2,000 |
Need-based merit scholarship for eligible students of Spanish culture who will attend Florida public or eligible private institutions. | 4/1/21

Ron Brown Scholar
$10,000 per year; total of $40,000 |
African-American high school seniors. Academics, community service, financial need. | 11/1/20 to be eligible for Scholar Program and additional awards; 1/9/21 for Scholar Program only

Sons of Italy Foundation
$4,000 to $25,000 |
Various scholarships for students of Italian heritage. | Feb. 2021

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


Field of Study

A-1 Auto Transport
$250 – $1,000 |
Student planning to enroll in an institute, truck driving school or other logistics program. Essay required on topic related to automotive shipping. | 3/10/21

Aircraft Electronics Association
$ Varies |
Multiple opportunities for students seeking careers in aircraft electronics or aviation maintenance. | *

American Academy of Chefs
$2,500, renewable |
High school seniors accepted to an accredited, postsecondary college, with a major in either culinary or pastry arts, or be an ACF registered apprentice. | 10/31/20, 4/30/21

American Dental Education Association awards
$ Varies |
High school seniors enrolled as a part- or full-time student in a course of study in dental hygiene, education or public health. | Nov. 2020

American Public Power Association
$2,000 |
High school seniors planning to pursue a certificate or degree that could lead to a career at an electric utility. | 10/15/20, 2/15/21

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
$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. | 5/1/21

AvaCare Medical
$1,000 |
High school seniors who are planning to pursue a degree in the medical field. Write about an act of kindness that inspired you. | 12/15/20

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

Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association
| $ Varies |
High school seniors preparing for a career in horticulture. | *

Florida Realtors Education Foundation
| $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 2021

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Scholarships
| $ Varies |
High school senior pursuing a career in the golf course industry, future turfgrass researchers and children of GCSAA members. | *

James Beard Foundation
| $ 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 2021

Joe Francis Haircare
| $1,200 |
High school seniors applying for entrance into cosmetology/barber school with financial need. | 6/1/21

National Center for Women & Information Technology Award
| $500 and a computer |
High school women in grades 9-12 who are U.S. citizens. Outstanding aptitude and interest in IT/computing and demonstrated leadership ability. | 11/5/20

National Society of High School Scholars Foundation
| $ Varies |
High school seniors planning careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business, economics, public policy, environmental science or sustainability. | *

Society of Exploration Geophysicists
| $500-$10,000 per academic year |
High school senior planning to pursue a college curriculum directed towards a career in applied geophysics or a closely related field, such as geosciences, physics, geology, or earth and environmental sciences. | 3/1/21

Ted Rollins Eco Scholars
| $1,000 |
High school seniors enrolling in a sustainability-related field of study. | June 2021

Women in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
| $2,000 |
Women entering the HVACR industry through a technical or trade school. | 6/1/21

Young Arts Awards Competition
| $250-$10,000 |
Artists in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 on December 1, 2019, may apply. The Young Arts competition includes cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, writing. |10/11/20

State Scholarships and Grants

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


Florida or Specific County Residents

Bailey Family Foundation
| $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. | 2/28/21

Brevard Schools Foundation
| $ Varies |
Multiple opportunities for high school seniors in Brevard County. | March 2021

Central Florida Foundation
| $ Varies |
Multiple opportunities for high school seniors from Central Florida. Check website for eligibility. | *

Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
| $ Varies |
Numerous opportunities for high school seniors in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties. | March 2021

Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
| $ Varies |
Numerous opportunities for high school seniors in Palm Beach and Martin counties. | Jan. 2021

Emerald Coast
| $ Varies |
Multiple scholarship programs for students in Bay, Okaloosa and Walton counties. | *

Ford Salute to Education
| $1,500 |
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. | Feb. 2021

Selby Scholarship
| $ 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. | 4/1/21

Southern Scholarship Foundation Housing Award
| 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. | Apr. 1 for Fall; Nov. 1 for Spring semesters

Southwest Florida Community Foundation
| $ Varies |
Numerous opportunities for high school seniors in Lee, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Charlotte counties. | Feb. 2021

Bright Futures Scholarships Update

Would you like to receive free or partial tuition, most fees, and $300 per semester for textbooks? 

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program provides scholarships for Florida high school grads with a record of high academic achievement, good test scores and community service. You can use the scholarship for a degree, certificate or applied technology program at most Florida public or private postsecondary education institutions.

Be sure to apply as soon as you are eligible!

• Go to to find out if you qualify.

• Go to and submit a completed, error-free Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) during your last year of high school, by graduation.

• Take responsibility for tracking your application and award status online and keeping the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) informed about changes to your address or your educational plans.


Health or Disability

Jason Ackerman Foundation
| $ Varies |
High school seniors who survived a tragic illness or circumstance. Minimum 2.5 GPA. | May 2021

Lighthouse Guild Scholarship for the Blind
| Up to $10,000 |
High school seniors who are legally blind with strong academic accomplishments. | 3/31/21

National Center for Learning Disabilities
| $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
| $ Varies |
Multiple scholarships for promising students in the bleeding disorders community. | *

Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarships for Survivors
| $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. | Feb. 2021

Sertoma Hard of Hearing
| $1,000 |
High school seniors with clinically significant bilateral hearing loss pursuing four-year college degrees in any discipline, minimum 3.2 GPA | May 2021


Members of Organizations

Florida American Legion
| $500 – $2,500 |
Multiple opportunities for high school students focused on veteran and military influences. | *

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
| $ Varies |
Multiple opportunities for members of FBLA. | *

Marine Technology Society
| $ Varies |
High school students accepted into full-time programs with focus in marine technology, marine engineering and/or marine science. MTS membership required. | April 2021

National Association for the Self-Employed Dependent
| $ 3,000 |
High school seniors who are dependents of NASE members. Selection criteria include leadership abilities, strong academics, financial need. | April 2021

National Future Farmers of America
| $ Varies; more than $2 million awarded each year |
Numerous programs available to FFA members and a few programs for non-members. | 2/1/21

Phi Delta Kappa Prospective Educator
| $ 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 2021

Roofing Alliance Foundation
| $5,000/year, renewable |
Immediate family members of employees or National Roofing Contractors Association members who pursue careers in the roofing or building construction industries in college or vocational programs. | Jan. 2021

Scholarships for Military Children
| $2,000 |
Dependent child of an active duty, reserve or retired member of the military. 3.0 GPA, essay. | Feb. 2021


Special Interests

CARiD Photo Contest
| $1,000 |
High school students enrolling in post-secondary education next semester. Create a photo inspired by any aspect of the automotive industry; make it creative, inspiring or thought provoking. | 10/31/20, 4/30/21

Florida Striders Track Club
| $1,000 (4 winners) |
High school seniors from Northeast Florida who are runners and active in track and field events. Essay required. | 3/1/21

FormSwift Startup Scholarship
| $1,000 |
High school seniors. Create a business plan infographic for a company in one of the designated industries. | Mar., Jun., Sep., Dec. each year

Girls Impact The World Film Festival Scholarships
| $1,000 – $5,000 |
High school students. Show in film what you can do to change the story! Submit an original short (3-6 minute) film that brings focus to a global women’s issue. | 3/1/21

Scholastic Art and Writing
| $ 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. | *

Taco Bell Live Más Scholarship
| $5,000 – $25,000 |
High school students planning to attend a postsecondary education program. Submit a 2-minute video that tells the story of your life’s passion. | Feb. 2021

Vegetarian Resource Group
| $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. | 2/20/21

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