Private donor scholarships

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Private donor scholarships are offered by private organizations and/or organizations not affiliated with SPC, unless noted. Additional information can be found on the organization’s website. Applications must be returned to the address given on the application form.

If you are a private donor and plan to send a scholarship check for an SPC student, make the check payable to St. Petersburg College. Send the check to: St. Petersburg College, Attn: Scholarships, P.O. Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL 33733. Please include the student recipient's name and SPC ID number, as well as a contact name and phone number for the donor.

Each individual private donor determines what charges their scholarship will cover. Examples are tuition; tuition and fees; tuition, fees and books; and tuition and fees with remainder to student. If there are unused funds, the funds will be held at SPC for three terms. If they are unused at the end of the third term, they will automatically be returned to the donor. The donor or the student may request to have any unused funds returned to the donor at any time.

The scholarships listed below are in deadline date order. Scholarships are added as they become available, so check this page often.

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

Description:

Provides scholarships to Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) students.

Criteria:

Students with minimum SAT scores of Math-520 and Verbal-530 OR ACT scores of Math-21 or English-22

Contact:

MC1Mario Crittenden at NRRS Seminole, 813-714-0073

Deadline:

no deadline

New! US Navy Health Services Collegiate Scholarship Program

Description:

The US Navy Health Services Collegiate Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial incentive for college students in the health care allied professions to complete Master's, Doctoral degree, and Internship requirements and obtain commissions in the Medical Service Corps. Specialties include Social Worker, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Environmental Health, Health Care Administration, Industrial Hygiene, Optometry, and Medical and Dental school. The value of this program could be well over $200,000 during the course of a four-year professional school program. After graduation, you'll join the Navy's active duty team as a commissioned officer. Financial benefits:  placed in active duty status as OCSN (E-6), receiving full pay and allowances (except clothing allowance), current monthly pay is at least $4000, full medical and dental benefits for selectee and his/her dependents, and full access to military bases, facilities and services including commissary and exchange (grocery and department store). Tuition, books and other school expenses are the responsibility of the individual.

Criteria:

Applicants must be a US citizen, at least 18 years old and able to complete degree/certification requirements and be commissioned prior to 42nd birthday, enrolled in or accepted for transfer to an accredited college or university in a course of study for a designated health profession, must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale prior to and after selection, must be full-time attending all normal school sessions (two semesters or three quarters), official transcripts must be sent to the US Navy upon completion of each school term, degree/certification requirements must be fulfilled within specified time frame for your field of study which has been approved by Commander Navy Recruiting Command, and must meet physical requirements and pass a Military Entrance physical exam.

Contact:

LCDR David Forsyth, USN, Medical Officer Programs, 813-477-9037, david.forsyth@navy.mil & HMCS Mario O. Martin, USN, Medical Officer Programs, 813-972-1680, mario.o.martin@navy.mil

Deadline:

open

New! US Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program

Description:

The US Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program is an educational support program for individuals pursuing graduate degrees in professional medical programs and who have a desire to serve in the US Navy following graduation. Eligible degree programs include Medicine (allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO)), Dentistry (DDS or DMD), Optometry (OD), Podiatry (DPM) and Physician Assistant (PA-C)(masters level program only). Benefits include full tuition (no upper limit) and allowable fees, reimbursement for all required books, supplies and equipment (some limits apply), monthly stipend of $2157.30, full pay and allowances of an Ensign (O1) for 45 days per year (about $4500), $20,000 signing bonus (Medicine and Dentistry only), and reimbursement for student's health insurance if required by school.  Military/Service Commitment:  One year of active duty not in training, for each year of scholarship with a 3-year minimum.

Criteria:

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen (dual-citizenship not permitted), physically qualified for a commission in the US Navy, and accepted into an accredited school in the US, Canada or Puerto Rico. Local medical officer program recruiters can assist with application, may apply prior to acceptance into school, early application is recommended, requires school transcripts, letters of recommendation and standardized test scores, must complete a physical exam (recruiter will schedule for you), and process typically takes 3 months to complete.

Contact:

LCDR David Forsyth, USN, Medical Officer Programs, 813-477-9037, david.forsyth@navy.mil & HMCS Mario O. Martin, USN, Medical Officer Programs, 813-972-1680, mario.o.martin@navy.mil

Deadline:

open

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program

Description:

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program provides scholarships for early care educators and center directors to work towards earning an Associate's degree or credentials in early childhood education. It is funded by the Agency for Workforce Innovation Office of Early Learning and involves a three-way partnership for the sharing of expenses by the caregiver receiving the scholarship, the sponsoring child care center or family child care home and T.E.A.C.H. The majority of tuition and books costs are paid for and most T.E.A.C.H. participants receive a per-semester stipend for travel or for internet access as well as a bonus for caregivers and directors who complete their scholarship contract. In most scholarship models, reimbursement to the early childhood program or family child care home for release time given participants.

Criteria:

Depends on the individual scholarship applied for. See their website for more details.

Deadline:

no deadline

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Description:

Many scholarships are available through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund website. There are different deadlines and requirements for each scholarship.

Criteria:

Each scholarship has different requirements. Please see the website for more information.

Deadline:

deadlines vary

BG Scholarship

Description:

The BG Scholarship offers a $300 scholarship in memory of Brandon Goodman from his mother.

Criteria:

Applicants must be in high school or currently enrolled in college, have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and be a U.S. Citizen or an international student enrolled in school in the US. Applicants need to submit a 250 word essay about their academic goals and contributions to their school and/or community.

Deadline:

Last day of each month

New! Varsity Tutors

Description:

Varsity Tutors is offering a monthly $1000 scholarship where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed at the end of the month and one winner is chosen.

Criteria:

Only one entry per person per promotion period. Each submission must exceed 200 words and must not exceed 900 words. Printed essay font size may not be smaller than 12 pt. All essays must address the specific promotion question, must be original, must not have been previously published, released or distributed and must have been created and must be owned exclusively by the applicant.

Deadline:

Rolling

Education-Portal.com

Description:

The Education Portal is offering scholarships to help manage college costs with their new Tuition Won’t Stop Me Scholarship. The scholarships are offered weekly.

Criteria:

"Like" the Education-Portal.com Facebook page and fill out a brief entry form. Answer the scholarship question. For every "Like" posted to the wall, the scholarship amount will increase by $0.50.

Deadline:

every Wednesday at 12:00 PM PST

GP LSAT Prep Prelaw Scholarship

Description:

The Prelaw Scholarship is for undergraduates considering law school.  $1000 grants are awarded twice yearly (January 31 and June 30).

Criteria:

Applicant to a U.S. or Canadian law school.  Submit one sheet of paper with your name, contact information, and if applicable, class rank, extra-curricular activities, and a brief overview of your financial need.  On the same sheet, include an essay of not more than 250 words describing why you are a deserving recipient of the award.

Deadline:

January 31 and June 30 of each year

The Southern Scholarship Foundation

Description:

The Southern Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization which awards qualifying students with housing scholarships on the following campuses: FSU, UF, FAMU, and FGCU.

Criteria:

Interested applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a demonstrated financial need. Scholarship recipients live cooperatively in a house with students representing a variety of backgrounds and cultures. They do not pay rent, but are responsible for their fair share of basic household expenses such as food and utilities. The entire cost to the student averages $950 per semester. Only complete application packets will be reviewed for acceptance.

Deadline:

There is not an application deadline, however, submission by March 1 is encouraged as spots do fill quickly.

Florida Fund for Minority Teachers/Cracker Barrel Minority Teacher Education Scholarship

Description:

The Florida Fund for Minority Teachers offers a $4000 scholarship to full-time students. Scholars are selected on the basis of qualities that would indicate their potential to become good teachers. These qualities include strong writing ability, communication skills, overall academic performance and evidence of commitment to the youth of America, preferably demonstrated through volunteer activities. Special consideration is given to community college graduates. Submit an application and supporting documents to Sherri Kent-Roberts, SPC Academic Program Coordinator, 727-341-4659.

Criteria:

Applicants must be a resident of the State of Florida; be a member of one of the following racial groups: African, American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaskan Native; be newly admitted into a teacher education program at any of FFMT’s participating universities/colleges; be a junior and have not earned a baccalaureate degree in Education; have earned 60 credit hours or an AA degree; and have not exceeded 18 hours of upper division education courses at the time of application. Scholarship recipients must attend a mandatory FFMT symposium each year they receive the award or they will not receive further funding. Upon graduation Scholarship recipients must agree to work in a public Florida schools for the number of academic years they receive the award or the scholarship becomes a loan that the student must pay back to the Fund. 

Deadline:

Aug. 1 for fall enrollment and Nov. 15 for spring enrollment.

Bailey Family Foundation

Description:

The Bailey Family Foundation provides $5000 in financial assistance to students based on their academic record, financial need and level of community involvement.

Criteria:

Student must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, demonstrate financial need, must be a graduating high school senior or current college student, currently attending or plan to attend eligible schools listed in the application, must be a legal US resident, and must be pursuing their undergraduate degree or diploma. Scholarship is for tuition and tuition related fees only. If selected, application information will be verified. College scholarship is not renewable; however, previous winners may re-apply through the normal application process.

Deadline:

Mar. 15 for fall term, & Sept. 15 for spring term

FAMU Community College Scholarship

Description:

FAMU is offering scholarships to assist high achieving Florida community/junior college graduates. The annual amount of the scholarship depends on your GPA.

Criteria:

This partial scholarship is a two-year undergraduate scholarship awarded to an AA/AS degree transfer student who has a minimum 2.50 GPA and is not enrolled as a FAMU student.

Deadline:

Florida Tech Bridge to Success Transfer Scholarship

Description:

Florida Tech Bridge to Success Transfer Scholarship is offered to 10 students who have graduated with their Associate of Arts degree from a State of Florida public community college or college and have been admitted to FIT in the fall semester only. This scholarship is a combination of grants and scholarships equal to two years tuition at Florida Tech. This scholarship is mutually exclusive and cannot be combined with the Florida Tech Transfer or Scouting Scholarship. It is renewable after the satisfactory completion of 30 credits and submission of an updated FAFSA.

Criteria:

Applicants must be currently enrolled at a Florida state college at time of application; have a cumulative grade point average greater than or equal to 3.5 for all college work; be admitted to Florida Tech and file a FAFSA with the university before graduating from a Florida state college; and graduate with an A.A. degree by the end of the spring term prior to fall enrollment (students who completed their A.A. degree in December of the previous year may also be considered). Recipients must enroll as a full-time undergraduate at Florida Tech's main campus in Melbourne, FL before the scholarship takes effect.

Deadline:

New! USF-St. Pete - the Dr. John Allwein Scholarship for Military Veterans injured in the Line of Duty

Description:

The University of South Florida-St. Pete is offering the Dr. John Allwein Scholarship for Military Veterans injured in the Line of Duty to aid undergraduate and graduate students with physical service-related injuries return to school.

Criteria:

Requirements include: applicant must have experienced severe combat injury and disability as a result of military service in the Gulf War in Iraq or Afganistan, who sustained injuries since 2002 (post 9/11); injuries must have caused severe disability (loss of limb(s), loss of eye(s), brain injury, disfigurement, other significant factors (severe burns, etc.)); and at least part-time enrollment (6 undergraduate or 5 graduate USF credit hours). In addition to the general application essay, a separate 250-500 word type-written essay covering the following topic:  Describe the nature of your injury and what personal challenges you have faced in order to return to school following your military service.

Deadline:

First time in college freshman: January 31, 2014; New transfers and graduate students: March 14, 2014 and Continuing students: April 11, 2014

New! Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

Description:

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is offering up to $25,000 per year for 100 first-time freshman or existing college students, renewable up to four years and one additional year for those entering a qualified five-year engineering program.

Criteria:

Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates or be a current undergraduate student; plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the entire 2014-15 academic year (excluding proprietary and online schools); plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on Engineering/Technology or select Design and Business-related programs of study, list of eligible majors; be interested in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries; and be a U.S. citizen and have permanent residence in the United States or Puerto Rico. Scholarship recipients are selected based on the following factors:  academic achievement and financial need; participation and leadership in community and school activities, work experience and interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industry; please note special consideration will be given to the following applicants:  first-generation college, female, minority, military veteran or a dependent of military personnel.

Deadline:

Feb. 28, 2014 by 5 p.m. EST

New! HotelsCheap.org

Description:

HotelsCheap.org is offering a $1,500 need-based scholarship to students who have demonstrated the commitment to improving themselves.

Criteria:

US students who are 16 years of age or older are encouraged to apply. High school students, undergraduate students, master degrees students, and adult learners are all encouraged to apply. Students enrolled in a two year, four year, or a graduate program are eligible to apply. Applicants must answer four personal, open-ended, and thought-provoking questions. The students whose responses are the most persuasive, compelling, and well-written, as judged by our executive management team will be considered finalists. The General Scholarship is awarded each fall and spring semester.

Deadline:

April 15, 2014

New! NursesLink.org - College Student Scholarship

Description:

NursesLink.org is offering a $500 scholarship to help students pay for the costs of education, based on merit.

Criteria:

Can be awarded to anyone enrolling in the next six months or currently enrolled in a NON-nursing education program offered by a community college, trade school or university.

The winning applicant will be selected by the administrative staff of NursesLink.org, based upon the merit of their application package. Approximately 1/3 of the weight will come from the formal application and 2/3 of the weight will come from the essay. The formal application criteria are a combination of GPA, extra curricular activities and employment history (if applicable).

The criteria considered in the essay is the author’s ability to present a meaningful answer that speaks directly to the essay question and provides insightful facts to support their claims.The 500-800 word essay for the Spring 2014 College Student Scholarship (deadline April 30th 2014) will ask the student to address the following:  Please describe your passion to succeed in life and how education will help you achieve your goals. Please give several detailed examples. 

Deadline:

April 30 and October 31 of every year

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

Description:

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are offering a $1000 scholarship to a high school junior or senior or a student currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution.

Criteria:

To apply for this scholarship, you will need to write an 500-1000 word essay on "Every generation faces new challenges and new problems. What do you think is the biggest difference between your generation and older generations? How do you think these differences will affect the future of our country and/or your career choice?"

Deadline:

June 14, 2014

New! Tampa Bay Hospitality Alliance

Description:

The Tampa Bay Hospitality Alliance is offering scholarships of $500 to $2500 annually to university students and $500 to $2500 annually to community college/technical school students. Scholarship award amounts are based upon student need, other financial support, references and application qualifications/ratings. Current applicants may re-apply. Due to the different policies at universities, colleges and high schools, the Alliance Scholarship Committee is willing to review applications that may not meet all of the requirements.

Criteria:

Applicants must be US citizens enrolled full-time in accredited a Hospitality or Culinary Arts program at a 2-4 year university, community college or culinary institute. Students must maintain a 3.0 or better overall GPA and a 3.0 or better GPA in their major. High school students must be graduating seniors accepted to a 2-4 year university, community college or culinary institute with a 3.0 GPA and/or excellent demonstrated in specialized Hospitality/Culinary Arts Program or employment and Hospitality or Culinary Arts major designation or career goal. Residency considerations are as follows: permanent Florida resident enrolled in Florida Hospitality or Culinary Arts Program, permanent Florida resident enrolled in out-of-state Hospitality or Culinary Arts Program, or non-Florida resident enrolled in Florida Hospitality or Culinary Arts Program.

Deadline:

June 15, 2014

New! National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth LeTendre Scholarship

Description:

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth LeTendre Scholarship is offering a minimum of two $1500 scholarships. The scholarship is a one-time award. Additional financial support may be available for scholars in subsequent years. Upon submission of evidence that you have enrolled in a post secondary program, the scholarship will be provided and may be used to help defray the costs of college tuition, fees, books prep courses, or other educational expenses. 

Criteria:

Scholarship funds are available to students who are homeless or who have been homeless during their K-12 school attendance, and who have demonstrated average or higher than average achievement. According to federal law, a person who "lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence" is considered homeless. This includes people living in shelters, cars, motels, campgrounds, or places not meant for human habitation, as well as children and youth who are living with friends or relatives temporarily because they lack permanent housing. Students who have not reached their 21st birthday by Sept. 1, 2014, and who have completed no more than two years of college are eligible to apply. Applicants may be high school seniors, students enrolled in a GED or other alternative education program, or recent graduates/GED recipients. If you are in high school and not yet enrolled in a post secondary program, the committee will hold your scholarship for you pending your enrollment.

Deadline:

June 16, 2014

BigSun Athletic Scholarship

Description:

The BigSun Organization is offering an annual $500 scholarship to a deserving student. To apply, an applicant must answer a short essay (listed on the website).

Criteria:

All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in. The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institute. SPC athletes can apply for this scholarship, but can only be awarded during terms in which their sport is not playing.

Deadline:

June 20, 2014

New! Car Insurance Comparison

Description:

Car Insurance Comparison is offering a $1000 to promote safe driving for students for a student currently attending or planning to attend college or some form of higher education.

Criteria:

How to enter:  1. Participate in one of the following Safe Driver Programs (free programs are listed at the top) listed on the scholarship page or email for approval of other qualifying safe driver programs. 2. Create a form of social awareness that inspires other students to focus on safe driving. This can be a video, artwork, essay or anything that would engage other students to focus on safe driving. 3. Once you are completed with steps 1 and 2, please proceed to filling out the application in our contact form at the bottom of the scholarship page. 4. Submit a link to your video, artwork, essay or creative element of your choice in the final step of the application form.

Deadline:

July 1, 2014

New! Console and Hollawell PC

Description:

Console and Hollawell PC is offering a $1000 scholarship to a student pursuing a career in law. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in the following areas:  pre-law, paralegal studies, or working towards their juris doctorate in any concentration of the law.

Criteria:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:  must be a U.S. citizen; must be a full-time student attending (or planning to attend on a full-time basis) an accredited institution of higher education; must demonstrate admission and plans to enroll, or proof of enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education (if you have not yet received your acceptance into college or law school, you may still apply, but the scholarship will not be released without proof of acceptance and enrollment.) and academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA. The award recipient shall provide the following documentation to obtain the scholarship:  an official transcript reflecting the student's current standing with a 3.0 GPA; proof of admission and enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education; the scholarship is be used exclusively for school tuition and related expenses; submit a 500 word essay on how he or she intends to impact his or her community through the law.

Deadline:

July 15, 2014

New! NursesLink.org - Nursing Program Scholarship

Description:

NursesLink.org is offering a Nursing Program Scholarship for $1000.

Criteria:

Can be awarded to anyone currently enrolled or enrolling in the next 6 months in an undergraduate or certificate level nursing education program.

Students participating in transitional programs such as RN to BSN or LPN to BSN qualify for this scholarship. Students enrolling or enrolled in nursing programs offered by online schools qualify also. Master’s and Doctorate level students do not qualify for this scholarship.

The purpose of this scholarship award is to help nursing students to pay for the costs of education, based on merit.

The winner will be selected based upon the merit of their application package. Approximately 1/3 of the weight will come from the formal application and 2/3 of the weight will come from the essay. The formal application criteria are a combination of GPA, extra curricular activities and employment history (if applicable). The criteria considered in the essay is the author’s ability to present a meaningful answer that speaks directly to the essay question and provides insightful facts to support their claims.

The 500-800 word essay for the 2014 Nursing Program Scholarship (deadline July 31st 2014) will ask the student to address the following:

Nursing job openings are becoming increasingly competitive. Imagine yourself in a group interview situation with nine other newly licensed nurses all competing for the same position. Describe how you would present yourself to the potential employer and convince them to hire you rather than the other applicants.

Deadline:

every July 31

New! Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program

Description:

   

The Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program for fall 2014 term includes two $10,000 scholarships and four $5,000 scholarships, to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with a declared major of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life-science field.

Criteria:

Candidates must be enrolled a graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college or university for fall 2014; candidates must have a declared major of biology, chemistry, biochemistry or a related life-science field; graduate students must have received a cumulative undergraduate GPA of greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and should be maintaining a GPA of greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) during graduate school; sophomores and juniors must have a cumulative college GPA of greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale); freshman must have a cumulative high school GPA of greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale); candidates must complete an application and submit unofficial transcripts (if selected, an official transcript will be required).  Although not required, references can be submitted.

Deadline:

Aug. 1, 2014 at 2:59:59 p.m. CT

New! Eve's Addiction Scholarship

Description:

Do you shine in academia? Sparkle even? If the answer is yes, this $1000 scholarship could be yours. Eve's Addiction Scholarship is partnering with colleges nationwide to find the brightest young scholar to help them shine even brighter and reach their dreams.

Criteria:

Open to high school seniors and any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 at any accredited US college or university. One student will be awarded a $1000 scholarship. Applicants must complete a 500 word essay on "How can the Web give a company a competitive advantage?"

Deadline:

Aug. 15, 2014

AES Engineers

Description:

AES Engineers is offering a $500 scholarship to motivated students. AES Engineering believes that a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason, they are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by the essays that are submitted. Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.

Criteria:

Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question - "When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What people, things and accomplishments do you need?" There is no application packet for this award. Do not include your resume in your submission.

Deadline:

Oct. 6, 2014