Scholarships

The more scholarships you apply for, the more likely you are to receive money for your education. I encourage you to apply for all of the scholarships you qualify for to help you on your way to earning a degree with less financial stress.

Scholarship Listings:

Pasco County Schools Scholarship Database: https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/scholarship_database

Scholarship Search Websites:

jlvcollegecounseling.com

https://scholarsapp.com/

www.fastweb.com

scholarships360.org

www.scholarships.com

www.studentscholarships.org

https://www.goingmerry.com/c/aprils-aj4r

Hispanic & Latino Scholarships: https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/hispanic-latino-scholarships/

General Scholarship Application click below:

General Scholarship Application 22-23

Local Scholarships

PHSC Foundation Scholarships: Various Due Dates

The PHSC Foundation offers more than 220 endowed scholarships and over 50 annual scholarships which are made possible through generous contributions from local private businesses, foundations, civic organizations, and individuals.

Scholarships are awarded by the Financial Aid Office with the assistance of the online scholarship program software that matches the applications with the scholarship criteria designed by the donors. These matches are then provided to the scholarship selection committee, a cross-section of PHSC staff and faculty who make the final decision.

Students may apply online for a Foundation Scholarship. Many scholarships are based on demonstrated financial need as established by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so all students are encouraged to complete the online FAFSA. Complete your FAFSA through the new mobile app which can be downloaded in both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).

2023 Arts for Life Scholarship- Due Feb. 6th, 2023

Arts for Life! annually awards a one-time $1,000 scholarship to 25 graduating high school
seniors who demonstrate excellence in creative writing, dance, drama, music or the visual arts.

Eligibility:
High school students who are graduating from a public, private, or virtual school or a home
education program in Florida in the spring of 2023.
Application Process:
Students can apply in one of three ways: directly online at https://artsforlifeaward.org/#apply; by
email to Lisa@ExcelinEd.org; or by regular mail to the address below.
For students applying by email or regular mail you must submit a completed application form
(page 5) and artist release form (page 6); a brief essay explaining “How the arts have positively
influenced my life”; and, a portfolio of work based on the parameters (listed on pages 2-4) in
creative writing, dance, drama, music or the visual arts. Applicants may apply under more than
one discipline.
Mailed applications must be postmarked on or before February 6, 2023 and mailed to:
Foundation for Excellence in Education
Attn: Arts for Life!
P.O. Box 10691
Tallahassee, FL 32302
Or completed applications can be emailed to Lisa@ExcelinEd.org.
Selection Process:
A committee of judges for each of the five disciplines, comprised of respected experts, reviews
and scores the students’ essays and work samples. Students with the top scores in each
discipline are awarded a scholarship. Winning seniors will be notified in the Spring of 2023.
More Information:
For more information, please contact Lisa K. Raguso, Arts for Life! Program Director, at (850)
345-6284 or Lisa@ExcelinEd.org.

USF SCHOLARSHIPS 2023- Due Feb. 15, 2023

We have an excellent opportunity for you to share with your graduating seniors ​who have been admitted to the University of South Florida and plan to enroll as full-time students in Fall 2023. We are offering nine full-tuition scholarships to students ​who have demonstrated high academic achievement, have documented financial need, and have overcome significant obstacles. All scholarship information is available in our financial aid scholarship portal, USF AwardSpring. (Please encourage your students to visit the AwardSpring website). Both scholarships below are looking for first-generation and need-base​d recipients.

The George W. Jenkins Scholarship is named after the founder of Publix. It is awarded to incoming first-year students who have overcome a significant obstacle and meet the following criteria: agree to attend orientation and register as a full-time student at the USF Tampa Campus; Florida Resident and U.S. Citizen; completed the FAFSA and were determined to be Pell Grant eligible; agree to live on campus during their first two years at USF; minimum 3.0 GPA. This scholarship may be renewable for up to eight semesters, contingent upon applicants meeting necessary requirements.

The First Generation Brad and Terry Holcombe Scholarship is awarded to incoming first-year students who are among the first generation in their family to attend college. First-generation is defined as neither parent having a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must meet the following criteria: agree to attend orientation and register as a full-time student at the USF Tampa Campus; Florida Resident and U.S. Citizen; completed the FAFSA and were determined to be Pell Grant eligible; agree to live on campus during their first two years at USF; minimum 3.0 GPA. This scholarship may be renewable for up to eight semesters, contingent upon applicants meeting necessary requirements.

Both of the above scholarship programs are intended to provide, after all other awards are applied, full funding to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years at USF. Only four students will be selected per year for the Holcombe Scholarship, and only five students will be selected for the Jenkins Scholarship. Each provides a community of support, including one-on-one mentoring, additional advising, community events, educational activities, and volunteer opportunities, and requires degree progression and a 2.5 minimum GPA to renew.

Scholarships are based on academic merit, extracurricular activities (e.g., community service organizations, ROTC, Robotics, etc.), talents, or demographics. Some scholarships consider financial need and will require that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is available now for the 2023-2024 award year. 

After you submit your initial application, we encourage you to check periodically to see if any additional scholarships become available. 

Please note: You must activate your USF NetID and email in order to log in to the scholarship application and begin applying for scholarships. 

Apply for Scholarships - AwardSpring

2023 Hispanic Scholarship Fund-Feb. 15, 2023

As an HSF Scholar, you will have access to HSF’s invaluable Scholar Support Services and be eligible to receive a scholarship, depending on available funds.    

  • Every year, HSF selects 10,000 outstanding students as HSF Scholars from a broad and talented pool of applicants
  • HSF Scholars have access to a full range of invaluable Scholar Support Services, including career services, mentorship, leadership development, knowledge building, and wellness training
  • Career services include access to select internship and job opportunities with HSF corporate partners
  • HSF Scholars are eligible to apply for all Scholar Conferences including, the STEM Summit, Finance Conference, Media & Entertainment Summit, Entrepreneurship Summit, and Healthcare Summit
  • Exclusive access to the HSF Insider which shares invaluable information and career opportunities
  • Finally, and importantly, HSF awards more than $30 million in Scholarships annually and, depending upon available funds, HSF Scholars may also be eligible to receive a scholarship, which range from $500-$5,000 and awarded directly to students

Additional Important information:

  • It takes an average of 30 minutes for students to complete Phase I of the 2023 HSF Scholar Program Application
  • No essays, recommendations, or document uploads are required in Phase I
  • To get started, visit [HSF.net]HSF.net and log into or create your myHSF profile to access the HSF Scholar Program Application

Empowering Greatness Scholarship-Due March 1, 2023

 Farah & Farah, Jacksonville’s leading Personal Injury Law Firm, is now accepting applications for its third annual Empowering Greatness Scholarship program. The program will award five Florida high school seniors nearly $50,000 in scholarships covering two full years worth of tuition. The scholarships can be applied to any Florida university, college, or trade school.

“The Empowering Greatness Scholarship Program is one of the many ways we give back to our communities by empowering Florida students to pursue their dreams of going to college,” said Eddie Farah, Founding Partner of Farah & Farah. “By rewarding the young leaders of today, we can help change the world of tomorrow.”

The program is part of the firm’s dedicated effort to continue to support emerging leaders in the community by recognizing exceptional students for their outstanding academic performance, strength, and dedication to bettering their neighborhoods. To be eligible for an Empowering Greatness Scholarship, students must attend a public or charter school in Florida, demonstrate outstanding academic performance, dedicated community engagement, and an essay or video submission. Students interested in the scholarships can apply using the online portal.

Applicants will be evaluated by a diverse panel of judges, each of whom has made a difference in their communities and their dedicated fields.

2023 Tampa Bay BCA Art STARS Scholarship-Due March 1, 2023

Tampa Bay BCA annually awards six or more $2,500.00 scholarships to Tampa Bay area high school students with exceptional talents in instrumental and vocal music, theater, dance, and visual and literary arts. The program was founded in 2008 by the late Charlie Hounchell, a former president of Tampa Bay BCA. It was later renamed in his honor.

Tampa Bay BCA has awarded financial tuition assistance to more than 85 Tampa Bay area students, the majority from public high schools. Scholarships of $2,500.00 will be directly paid to the college, university, or conservatory of the student’s choice to help defray tuition expenses.

There is no application fee. Qualified students may apply in one or all disciplines via separate applications for each category online through Kaleidoscope’s 100% digital platform:

https://apply.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarships/CharlieHounchellArtsScholarship23

Tampa Bay BCA Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships application with guidelines and requirements for application documents, recommendation letters, artist statement, work samples, and other required material is at: https://apply.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarships/CharlieHounchellArtsScholarship23

2023 Ridge League of Cities $1,250 Vocational Scholarship-Due March 3, 2023

2023 Ridge League of Cities $1,250 Vocational Scholarship Application and Information Sheet.  This year the Ridge League will award five (5) Vocational Scholarships.  Again, this scholarship is intended to assist the student in obtaining a certificate/degree from a trade, technical school, or college.  Vocational Scholarship Applications are due by Friday March 3, 2023.  This will allow the Ridge League Scholarship Committee to make their selection of the five (5) Vocational Scholarship winners.  The winners will then be recognized before the full Ridge League membership at our April Dinner Meeting to be held on April 13, 2023 in Wauchula.

2023 Ridge League of Cities $2,500 Academic Scholarship Application-Due March 17, 2023

You will also find attached the 2023 Ridge League of Cities $2,500 Academic Scholarship Application and Information Sheet.  The Ridge League will award five (5) Academic Scholarships.  Please note that this is a more traditional scholarship and is intended to assist the student continuing their education at the college level and pursuing a college degree.  Academic Scholarship Applications are due by Friday March 17, 2023.  This will allow the Ridge League Scholarship Committee to make their selection of the five (5) Academic Scholarship winners.  The winners will then be recognized before the full Ridge League membership at our June Dinner Meeting to be held on June 8, 2023 in Lakeland.

2023 TMAC of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarships-Due March 6, 2023

The Tampa Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter (TMAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is pleased to announce our 2023 Scholarships Program applications are now open. 6 different scholarships available.

The TMAC Merit Scholarship is intended for students who are looking to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

The TMAC Achiever’s Scholarship is intended for students who are looking to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science from an accredited institution of higher education.

The Helen Green Wilson Scholarship is intended for a student who plans to pursue a degree in Nursing or one of the Sciences.

The Lorretta M. Holland-Cottman Scholarship is intended for a student who plans to pursue a Business Administration Degree.

The Ollie S. Hunter Scholarship is intended for students who are looking to pursue a music degree in one of the following: Piano, Organ, or Voice/Choral.

The TMAC Vocational Scholarship is intended for a student who plans to attend a Post-Secondary Vocational School.

WREC Scholarships-Due March 20, 2023

WREC Educational Foundation, Inc. – Making a sound investment in young adults, and the community.

Since 1997 the WREC Educational Foundation has awarded 2,304 scholarships with a potential pay out of more than $17.2 million to high school seniors who live within our service area, and plan to attend an in-state, accredited college, university, or technical school.

Successful Candidates Must:

  • Be a high school senior and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  • Be a bona fide resident within the service area of Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc., for at least one year prior to December 31.
  • Be the dependent of a Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc., member.
  • Plan to attend an in-state college, university or technical school full time (minimum of 12 credit hours per semester). Schools must be accredited by one of the six regional accrediting institutions, such as SACS, recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. If the institution is a technical school it should be accredited by the Council on Occupational Education or its equivalent.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester (or higher if mandated by the institution) to maintain eligibility.

Successful candidates will receive $1,500 per semester (maximum $12,000) for undergraduate studies. Applications are available at any WREC office, or your Guidance Counselor’s office, or you may download and print a copy of the application by clicking here: Scholarship Application Form. Completed applications must be returned to WREC Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 278, Dade City, FL 33526-0278. The screening and recommendation of candidates will be at the discretion of a committee designated by WREC.

Application forms will be available October 1, 2022 and must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2023.  For any questions pertaining to the application please email scholarship@wrec.net.

GFWC Woman’s Club of Zephyrhills Scholarship-Due March 20, 2023

Each year the Woman’s Club of Zephyrhills offers scholarships to individuals pursuing continuing education in all fields at either community colleges, universities, or trade schools.
Scholarship monies are paid directly to the educational entity you plan to attend. Please read these instructions carefully as all requirements must be met for consideration of a scholarship.
The application is to be completed by the applicant. Please type or print legibly.
Two letters of reference are required—one must be from non-relative academic professional, the other may be from immediate supervisors and/or community service administrators who can attest to your abilities. Reference letters must be on letterhead, include an original signature and a telephone number where that person may be reached. Attach a biographical statement of 250 words or less to include educational background, career goals, financial need, activities you have taken part in for home, school, community, or church, and how the scholarship will help you achieve your goal. Please include YOUR best telephone number where you can be reached with the results of your application.

https://www.gfwcwomansclubofzephyrhills.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022-GFWC-Zephyrhills-Student-Scholarship-Letter-Application.pdf
Please mail your completed application form with all required documents to:
GFWC Woman’s Club of Zephyrhills
Attn: Scholarship Committee
PO Box 735
Zephyrhills, FL 33539-0735
Email any questions regarding this application to info@gfwczephyrhills.org. Applications are available on our website at www.gfwczephyrhills.org.

DeBartolo Family Foundation Scholarship – Due April 3, 2023

The DeBartolo Family Foundation scholarship program was created to recognize Tampa Bay area high school graduating seniors who have achieved academic excellence despite obstacles and are dedicated to continuing their education. A one-time scholarship award is given to students prior to the start of their freshman year of college and can be used for any college-related expenses.

To qualify for a DeBartolo Family Foundation scholarship, all applicants must be a current high school senior in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas or Polk Counties and must have plans to continue his/her education at a University, Community College or Technical School starting in summer or fall after your graduation.

CLICK HERE to download our 2023 application.

It’s A Start Scholarship-Due April 14, 2023

It’s A Start is an organization devoted to promoting equity and providing opportunities where they are not currently abundant. The organization supports education and has provided over $5,000 in higher education scholarships. It’s A Start also leads efforts to close the educational gap by providing students with tutoring, mentorships, and other resources that would not otherwise be available to them. Although we can not bridge the gap in educational opportunity today, the organization’s name is its motto: “It’s A Start.”

Sarah Grace VandeBerg Memorial Athletic Scholarship- Due April 27, 2023

Sarah VandeBerg was a student athlete at Zephyrhills High School playing tennis all four years. She received a tennis scholarship that helped to enable her to continue playing tennis at a Division One level at the University of South Carolina Upstate located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. During her senior year in college a tragic automobile accident occurred which resulted in the death of Sarah, a cross country runner and two soccer players. This memorial scholarship is intended to assist other student athletes in continuing their pursuit of a quality education.

Please use the Sarah Grace VandeBerg Scholarship Application to apply for the scholarship listed below. All applications and essays must be received by Thursday April 27, 2023

Athletic Scholarship: Amount: Awards 3 @ $500

Requirements:

  • Graduating Senior
  • Lettered in ZHS sports (Tennis, Soccer & Track / Cross Country) only
  • Must have significant documented community service hours (80 hours minimum).
  • Current 3.5 GPA (un-weighted) or higher
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor.
  • Letter of recommendation from a community member.
  • Must have experience in leadership roles and community outreach.
  • Essay: How has playing a sport helped you become a better student and a productive citizen of society? 500 words maximum.
  • Scholarship award will be forwarded directly to the recipient’s college.

Process: Scholarship applications shall be submitted to Zephyrhills High School. Applications will be reviewed by Todd and Charla VandeBerg and may involve an interview.

2023 B. Davis Scholarship-Due May 21, 2023

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution.

  • There is no age restriction
  • Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
  • This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.

    Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.
Application Procedure
To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below:

Your submissions must be sent to us by email at awards@studentawardsearch.com
Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.

BigSun Athletics-Due June 19, 2023

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in or what their capacity in that sport is.
Deadline                  – June 19, 2023
Amount of Award   – $500.00

The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community..
Please visit our website at http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply.