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Welcome to Florida, the Sunshine State. The United States purchased Florida from Spain in 1819 for three boxes of Chiclets and a coconut. We're kidding, of course. I think we also offered the Spanish several vouchers for a glass-bottomed boat tour of the Florida coast. 

In Florida the sun shines brightly on everything, even higher education. Some of the bigger universities include Florida State University, Miami Dade College and Florida State University. There are also over 230 other colleges, universities and trade schools. This includes a well-developed network of community colleges that offer affordable tuition rates for in-state residents. The state is home to some 238 colleges, universities and trade schools. 

Among the leading industries in the state are tourism, construction, international banking, biomedical and life sciences, healthcare research and aerospace and defense. If you are looking for a scholarship in one of these fields, you could do worse than to examine the state's funding opportunities. There should also be scholarships available in other vocational or academic fields.

Follow the links listed below to fully explore the range of scholarships available in the state of Florida. 

Florida Student Assistance Grants (FSAG)

An applicant must: 1. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. 2. Not have previously received a bachelor's degree. 3. Meet Florida's general eligibility requirements for receipt of state aid, including residency in this state for purposes other than education for a minimum of twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the first day of class of the first term of the academic year for which funds are requested. Note: residency for purpose of student financial assistance is determined by the institution the student attends. 4. Enroll at an eligible Florida institution for a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours per term. 5. Not owe a repayment of a grant under any state or federal grant or scholarship program. 6. Not be in default on any state or federal student loan program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made. Renewals: A renewal applicant must have earned a minimum institutional cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and have earned the equivalent of 12 credit hours for each term an award was received during the previous academic year. Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester of third quarter of each academic year. Credit hours earned the previous summer can be counted toward the total number of credit hours required. To demonstrate financial need, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be submitted each year by the established deadline.

William L. Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access Grant

An applicant must: 1. Not have previously received a bachelor's degree. 2. Meet Florida's general eligibility requirements for receipt of state aid, including residency in this state for purposes other than education for a minimum of twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the first day of class of the academic term for which funds are requested. Note: residency for purpose of student financial assistance is determined by the institution the student attends. 3. Enroll at an independent, non-profit Florida college or university accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in a program of study other than divinity or theology for a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours per term. 4. Not owe a repayment of a grant under any state or federal grant or scholarship program. 5. Not be in default on any federal Title IV or state student loan program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made. Renewals: A renewal applicant must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, meet the institution's definition of satisfactory academic progress and earned the equivalent of 12 credit hours for each term an award was received during the academic year. Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester of third quarter of each academic year. Credit hours earned the previous summer can be counted toward the total number of credit hours required. A renewal application must be submitted to the institution annually.

Florida Work Experience Program

An applicant must: 1. Not have previously received a bachelor's degree. 2. Enroll for a minimum of six credits at an eligible public or private Florida post-secondary educational institution which is participating in this program. 3. Demonstrate financial need by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the deadline specified by the institution. 4. Submit, if required, an application to the institution by the deadline established by the institution. 5. Meet Florida's general eligibility requirements for the receipt of aid, including residency in this state for purposes other than education for a minimum of twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the first day of class of the first term of the academic year for which funds are requested. Note: residency for purpose of student financial assistance is determined by the institution the student attends. 6. Have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all college work. 7. Not owe a repayment of a grant under any state or federal grant or scholarship program. 8. Not be in default on any federal Title IV or state student loan program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made. Renewals: Eligibility for renewal awards is determined at the end of the second semester or third quarter each academic year. A renewal applicant must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Also, renewal applicants must have earned during the previous summer and two semesters or three quarters, 12 credit hours per term or the equivalent for full-time enrollment; nine credit hours per term or the equivalent, for three-quarter time enrollment; or six credit hours per term or the equivalent, for half-time enrollment, for the number of terms for which the award was received. A student who fails to earn the required credit hours is not eligible to renew the award. A renewal application must be submitted to the institution by the deadline established by the institution.

Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund

An applicant must: 1. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. 2. Be a person of Spanish culture who was born in, or whose natural parent was born in, either Mexico or Spain, or a Hispanic country of the Caribbean, Central America or South America. 3. Have earned a minimum unweighted cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate college-level courses. 4. Meet Florida's general eligibility requirements for receipt of state aid, including residency in this state for purposes other than education for a minimum of twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the first day of class of the first term of the academic year for which the funds are requested. Note: residency for purpose of student financial assistance is determined by the institution the student attends. 5. Enroll at an eligible Florida public or private college or university for a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours of undergraduate study or 9 credit hours of graduate study. 6. Not owe a repayment of a grant under any state or federal grant or scholarship program. 7. Not be in default on any federal Title IV or state student loan program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made. 8. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate sufficient financial need to be eligible to receive the total annual award amount. Renewals: A renewal applicant must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and have earned the equivalent of 12 credit hours for undergraduate study or 9 credit hours for graduate study for each term an award was received during the academic year. Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester or third quarter of each academic year. Credit hours earned the previous summer can be counted toward the total number of credit hours required for renewal. To demonstrate financial need, the FAFSA must be submitted each year in time to be processed by the U.S. Department of Education by May 15.

Ethics in Business Scholarship Program

The Ethics in Business Scholarship Program provides assistance to undergraduate students who enroll at community colleges and eligible private Florida colleges and universities.

Rosewood Family Scholarship Fund

Eligible students must be direct descendants of Rosewood families affected by the incidents of January 1923. Applicants are required to supply the descendant information on the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application for verification An applicant must: 1. Be a minority belonging to one of the following ethnic categories: Alaskan Native or American Indian; Black, but not of Hispanic origin; Hispanic; Asian or a Pacific Islander. 2. Meet Florida's general eligibility requirements for receipt of state aid. 3. Not owe a repayment of a grant under any state or federal grant or scholarship program. 4. Not be in default on any federal Title IV or state student loan program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made. 5. Not have previously received a bachelor's degree. 6. Enroll in a degree or certificate program at a state university, public community college or public postsecondary vocational-technical school in Florida. Certificate programs must be minimum of 900 clock hours in length. 7. Enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours per term or 24 clock hours per week. 8. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to demonstrate financial need. Renewals: A renewal applicant must have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, and earned the equivalent of 12 credit hours per term or 80% of the clock hours for which the recipient enrolled each term. Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester or trimester, third quarter or fourth semester. Credit hours earned the previous summer can be counted toward the total number of credit hours required.

Seminole & Miccosukee Indian Scholarship

An applicant must: 1. Be a member of or eligible for membership in either the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida or the Miccosukee Indian Tribe of Florida. 2. Meet Florida's general eligibility requirements for receipt of state aid, including residency in this state for purposes other than education for a minimum of twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the first day of class of the first term of the academic year for which funds are requested. Note: residency for purpose of student financial assistance is determined by the institution the student attends. 3. Enroll as either an undergraduate or graduate student at an eligible Florida public or private college or university for a minimum of one (1) credit hour per term. 4. Demonstrate financial need as determined by the standards established by the respective tribe. 5. Not owe a repayment of a grant under any state or federal grant or scholarship program. 6. Not be in default on any federal Titile IV or state student loan program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made. Renewals: A renewal applicant must have earned a cumulative grade point average of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Full-time students must have earned the equivalent of 12 credit hours for each term an award was received during that academic year. Students enrolled less than full-time must earn the equivalent number of hours required for enrollment as a three-quarter-time, half-time or less than half-time student. Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester or third quarter of each academic year. Credits earned the previous summer can be counted toward the total number of credit hours required. A renewal application must be submitted annually to the appropriate tribal education committee.

Mid-Florida Society of Pro. Journalists Scholarship

A $1,000 grant awarded annually to a minority undergraduate student majoring in journalism or who intends to pursue a career in journalism. Applicants must be Florida residents, show need and high academic standing.

Earl I. Anderson Scholarship

Residence and attending classes in IL, IN, MI or FL. Curricular preference is electronic engineering or related technical field. Must be an ARRL member.

Arthur and Gladys Cervenka Scholarship Award

Scholarship applicants must: * Be full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program in manufacturing engineering or technology. Preference will be given, but not limited, to students attending colleges or universities in the state of Florida. * Have completed a minimum of 30 college credit hours and be seeking a career in manufacturing engineering, manufacturing engineering technology, or a closely related field. * Possess and overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students may submit a scholarship application in succeeding years. Need is not a consideration in awarding scholarships except when two or more applicants have equal qualifications.

Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship

Drs. Jack and Gloria Tuckfield established the Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship to honor the extraordinary life and achievements of their daughter Jacki. Jacki aspired for a better life through academic, spiritual and professional achievements. Business scholarships are awarded to African American students who plan to pursue a professional career in South Florida. APPLICANT MUST: 1. Be an African-American United States citizen and a resident of South Florida. 2. Be enrolled in a graduate business degree program at a Florida university during the Winter, Spring or Summer Term of the academic year. 3. Plan to pursue a professional career in South Florida. South Florida includes Broward, Miami-Dade, Collier, Charlotte, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lee, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Manatee, Martin, Monroe, St. Lucie and Sarasota counties. 4. Submit a one page or less rationale entitled: "Why I Should Be Awarded A Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship" Jacki Tuckfield (MBA, 1996, CGPA 3.9, Nova Southeastern University), aspired to be a Chief Executive Officer of a company dedicated to a policy of diversity in hiring, promoting and retaining its employees. Jacki perceived diversity as an asset for strengthening the fabric of human relationships. She endeavored to attain a better life through academic, spiritual and professional achievements. Her leadership potential was undeniable. 5. Provide an official transcript which shows that you have earned a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in your graduate business degree program and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2. Only official transcripts will be considered. 6. Provide a current resume. 7. Provide an original color passport photo (of you in professional attire) to be posted on www.jackituckfield.org and for use in other JTMGBSF publications.

Judge Sidney M. Aronovitz Memorial Scholarship

The Aronovitz Family partnered with The Miami Foundation to honor the memory of the late Judge Sidney M. Aronovitz. Judge Aronovitz stood as an example for the community, excelling in his chosen profession and always thinking of those less fortunate than himself. Scholarships are awarded to Miami-Dade County minority students planning to continue their education through the university level.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

To be eligible to receive an initial scholarship from any one of the three awards, a student must: 1. Complete a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program Student Authorization Form by spring graduation. 2. Be a Florida resident. 3. Earn a Florida standard high school diploma, or its equivalent (Florida GED); be enrolled in an early admission program, or complete a Home Education Program in accordance with Section 232.03(4), Florida Statutes. 4. Be accepted by and enrolled in an eligible Florida public or independent postsecondary education institution. 5. Be enrolled for at least six semester college credit hours or the equivalent. 6. Not have been found guilty of, or pled nolo contendere to, a felony charge. 7. Use the award within three years of high school graduation. 8. Meet the specific requirements to receive either the Florida Academic Scholars Award, the Florida Merit Scholars Award, or the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award.

KASF Scholarship - Southern Region

Qualifications for Scholarship Eligibility: Will be a full time student at a school in one of the designated Southern region states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, or Tennessee). Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Can demonstrate need for financial assistance. Your category depends on what your status will be during the next school year, as follows: High School Juniors - Scholarships awarded based on achievement (not based on financial need). High School Seniors with plans to attend college in the next school year - The chosen college must be within the Southern region. You must include a copy of your acceptance letter. College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors - The school you are attending must be within the Southern region. College Seniors - You must be planning to attend a graduate or professional school in the Southern region during the next school year. You must submit a letter of acceptance from the graduate or professional school. Graduate Students - You must be continuing your studies in the next school year at a school within the Southern region. Current non-students are eligible if they can provide documentation (acceptance letters, signed commitment letters, or other documents showing commitment to attend) indicating they will be a full time student in one of the above categories in the next school year. Students who reside, or will reside, in the US during the next school year, whether US citizens or foreign nationals, are all welcome to apply.

Sarah E. Huneycutt Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements Female high school seniors currently attending a Florida high school Has not received a golf scholarship from any college or university Must have financial need Must have an interest or an association with the game of golf Must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout four years of college Be of high moral and ethical standard

SE4A Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to financially assist students who are pursuing a career in gerontology or geriatrics. Selection of Recipient(s): To apply for the scholarship, a student must be a junior, senior or graduate student currently enrolled in an accredited university within the eight Southeastern states: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, North and South Carolina. The following criteria will be used to rank nominations: 25 percent - Financial need 25 percent - Application aptness 10 percent - Writing skills 15 percent - Maintain 2.5 GPA 10 percent - Commitment to do volunteer work with elderly

Barbara L. Frye Scholarship

Graduating high school seniors and college students planning to pursue a career in journalism can apply for a $2,000 award each year. An applicant must be attending or expecting to attend a Florida college or university, or be a graduate or prospective graduate of a Florida high school who is attending or expecting to attend college inside or outside of Florida. You must be a graduating high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior at the time of application. Award is granted on the basis of merit, dedication to a journalism career and demonstrated aptitude for print or broadcast journalism. An applicant's racial minority or financial need may be considered by the selection committee, but these are not prerequisites for a scholarship.

Tractor Supply Company Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Applicant must complete financial analysis section of application and exhibit financial need. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin required. Recipients shall allow Tractor Supply Company to use photographs of themselves and their families in company advertising.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $3,000. Not guaranteed.

Birdsong Peanuts Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agriculture or agribusiness. Resident of Alabama, Florida or Georgia required. Applicant or applicant’s family must be peanut producers.AWARD: One scholarship at $1,000, non-renewable.

Fastline Publications Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing. Seventeen $1,000 scholarships to a member from Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina; Arkansas, Louisiana or Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Pennsylvania or New York; Washington, Oregon or Idaho; Ohio; Oklahoma; Alabama, Georgia or Florida; Tennessee; Texas; Wisconsin. In addition, seven scholarships are available to FFA members pursuing a two-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing to the states of Kansas; Kentucky; Nebraska; Ohio; Oklahoma; Texas; Alabama, Georgia or Florida. Applicants must live on a family farm, exhibit strong leadership skills, financial need and demonstrate interest in managing a farm.AWARD: 24 scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

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