Apply online for Foundation Scholarships
You can apply for St. Petersburg College Foundation Scholarships at any time throughout the year. Awards are applied to specific semesters depending on when you apply:
- Summer 2017 â€“ Applications will be accepted January 23, 2017 to February 24, 2017. All materials, including application and letter of recommendation, must be submitted by 5:00PM February 24, 2017 to be eligible for Summer 2017 consideration.
- Study Abroad Application Deadline â€“ Applications for 2016 - 2017 Study Abroad Scholarships are no longer being accepted. 2017 - 2018 Application dates and deadlines are TBD.
Before you apply
Please read the following information carefully before you apply. If you are not a current student, complete the SPC Admissions Application before you apply for Foundation Scholarships. You will need an SPC student email address to complete Foundation Scholarship Application. All St. Petersburg College students are encouraged to submit an application for Foundation Scholarships, regardless of immigration status.
1 - Sign in
To start the application, sign in with your SPC email address and your SPC password. (Please be aware that your application password is now your SPC account password and no longer requires a separate password).
TIP:Save your work as you go. The application has a 60-minute time out. If you don't click the save button within that time frame, you will lose everything you have typed in the application to that point. You do not have to complete the application in one session and can return and login in later as needed.
2 - Answer all the questions on the General Application
Some scholarships will require additional information. Please keep in mind that the additional scholarships listed are "recommended" and does not constitute qualification. Only apply for scholarships that match your qualifications. You will be required to answer these additional questions each term.
TIP: Skipping questions can reduce your chances of being matched to all possible scholarships.
3 - Answer each of the following two essay questions:
- What impact would this scholarship have on your educational goals and why should you be selected?
- Describe a significant setback, challenge, or opportunity in your life and how it has shaped your short- and long-term academic and career goals.
The maximum length provided for each essay is 350 words. While there is no minimum length, make sure your answers are thoughtful and fully address the question.
TIP: When you get to the essay question portion of the application, it is best to save the application and type the answers to the essays in a word processing software and then copy and paste them into the application. Or, you can prepare your answers before beginning the application and then copy and paste them in when you get to the essay section.
4 - Secure one letter of recommendation
All Foundation Scholarships require a minimum of one letter of recommendation. You will need to provide the name and e-mail address for the individual you wish to submit a recommendation on your behalf. Your reference will receive an email asking them to complete their letter of recommendation for you online. Your recommendation must be submitted online through the recommenders specific link; any letters that are sent to the Foundation office via e-mail or USPS will not be accepted. In order to qualify for Summer scholarships, your recommendation must be received by 5:00PM February 24, 2016. Your letter of recommendation should come from an individual who knows your academic ability, involvement on campus or in the community, or who can attest to why you should be a scholarship recipient.
- Pay special attention when entering email addresses in the online application. Double check to make sure the addresses are correct. Your recommender will not receive an email if the address is incorrect.
- Contact your recommender prior to putting their name and email address into the application. Let them know they will be receiving an email requesting a recommendation to avoid the email being overlooked.
- Check on your recommendation frequently. It is your responsibility to keep in contact with your recommender and make sure the Foundation receives 1 recommendation for you. If they have not responded, you can send them an e-mail reminder. Additionally, if a recommender has not replied, you can withdraw a recommender and put in a new one. You can manage your recommendation from your application.
- When submitting your application only the reference you have selected will be reviewed.
5 - Submit the Scholarship Application
After completing all of the requested information, click "Finish and Continue" on the last page of the application.
Please Note: Once the application has been submitted, you can make changes up to the given deadline. Any changes made after the deadline, will not take effect for this review period but will be considered during the next review selection.
6 - Submit a Thank You Letter
If you are a Foundation scholarship recipient, we feel it is important to understand that behind every scholarship there is a person or people who have donated the funding to make your scholarship possible. Your letter reminds the donor why they gave in the first place and often helps secure scholarships for future students. Find out more about our "Thank You Letter" form and submit a recent picture of yourself.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. This information is used to determine if you are eligible for need-based scholarships. While not all of the scholarships are based on financial need, it is highly recommended that all students complete the FAFSA.