Presidential Scholarship

Spring 2015 and prior recipients

The opportunity to apply for Presidential Scholarships is offered to Pinellas County residents who meet all of the following:

  • Graduate from a Pinellas County high school with a standard high school diploma
  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens
  • Have a weighted cumulative grade point average of at least 3.80 at the end of the seventh semester of high school

The scholarship is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. When the maximum funding level is met, all remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Due to limited funding, not all eligible students will be awarded. Visit for other financial aid options.

Covered expenses

The Presidential Scholarship covers tuition credit hours for up to 15 credit hours per term at St. Petersburg College for one year (fall and spring terms only) immediately following high school graduation. It does not cover lab fees, books, supplies, courses taken during the summer, or Corporate Training classes. Any remaining credit balances will be refunded to the student's SPC OneCard at the end of the fourth week of your classes.

The scholarship is not transferable to other colleges or universities. It will not prevent a student from receiving Bright Futures or other types of scholarships.

Next Steps

High school students who meet these qualifications will be notified in writing in the spring term of their senior year. You will need to:

  1. Follow the Getting started at SPC steps to apply for admission and pay the $40 application fee. (SPC Early College and SPC Dual Enrolled Students will not be required to submit a new SPC application prior to applying for the Presidential Scholarship. Simply skip to step 2.)
  2. Provide proof of Florida residency 
  3. Provide proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent resident alien status in person at any of our campus locations 
  4. Begin classes at SPC no later than the fall term immediately following high school graduation
  5. Enroll in a minimum of six credit hours per term as a degree-seeking student 

Renewal requirements

Renewal will be determined at the end of the fall term.

  1. Be continuously enrolled in at least six credit hours per term, excluding summer term
  2. Maintain a cumulative 3.0 Academic GPA (this includes all dual-enrolled classes taken during high school)
  3. Successfully complete a minimum of 67 percent of all college-level credit hours attempted
67 percent completion ratio
Hours attempted: 6 12 15 30 45 60 75 90 150 175
Hours you must complete: 5 9 11 21 31 41 51 61 101 118

Appeal process

If you think you have experienced extenuating circumstances that prevented you from satisfying the requirements, you may appeal the decision based on:

  • Documented medical condition or serious illness
  • Documented learning disability
  • Death of an immediate family member
  • Involuntary call to active military duty
  • Documented change in condition of employment
  • Other extraordinary/emergency circumstances, such as natural disasters


Messages regarding the scholarship are sent to your SPC e-mail address. Make sure to check this address often or have it forwarded to a personal e-mail. For more information, contact Lee Ann Wolfenden.