Financial Aid Resources
Financial Aid Information
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (Federal Financial Aid)
Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (State Scholarship and Grant Programs)
Florida Bright Futures
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement. Go to https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/SAPBFMAIN/SAPBFMAIN find out more information about Florida Bright Futures Scholarships. Click each link below to find specific details for each Bright Future Scholarship.
Navigating Your Financial Future
HCHS Scholarships (specifically for HCHS Students)
Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell, 386-792-8113, [email protected]
2/1/22 Scholarship Meeting Presentation
Zoom video recording of the 2/1/22 Senior Scholarship Meeting can be viewed by visiting
2021-2022 HCHS Scholarship Information
HCHS Common Application
Applications Included on the HCHS Common Application:
*requires additional application
2021-2022 Local Scholarship Applications
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Local Scholarship Opportunities
Wilhelmina Foundation Textbook Scholarship
The Wilhelmina Foundation announces that applications are being accepted for the 2022 Textbook Scholarship. The Wilhelmina Foundation is dedicated to offering assistance every year to Florida high school students attending college, you can read more about the Wilhelmina Foundation at https://wilhelminafoundation.com/
Wilhelmina Foundation Textbook Scholarship Application Deadline: June 1, 2022
Named in honor of his mother Wilhelmina Pittman, Attorney Sean Pittman founded the Wilhelmina Foundation to provide college textbooks to students throughout the State of Florida.
In 1990, Sean graduated from FSU having enjoyed many public triumphs, serving as FSU Student Body President, serving on the Florida Board of Regents, and Chairman of the Florida Student Association. However, few knew that privately Sean struggled to afford tuition, textbooks and life as a working student. During his undergraduate studies, Sean’s mother worked hard to support him and his siblings, but as a single mother, was often challenged with meeting many financial needs.
While Sean was able to work and get loans for tuition, he always fell short to afford books. Recognizing that students still face these financial difficulties, Sean founded the Wilhelmina Foundation to provide textbook scholarships to hundreds of students that find themselves in similar need. As a tribute to the hard work of Sean’s mother, the Wilhelmina Foundation will buy books for hundreds of students throughout the State of Florida.
Area College/University Scholarships
University of Florida
The Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship (MFOS) assists historically low-income first-generation college students in meeting their college costs. First-generation in college is defined as neither of the student’s parents or legal guardians have earned a bachelor’s degree.
The MFOS program provides recipients a full grant and scholarship package to earn a bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida.
Who is eligible?
Students must be admitted into the University of Florida as a first-year student. Students are selected based on the information provided on the UF Admission Application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For a student to be eligible, parents’, stepparents’, or legal guardians’ combined total income must be below $40,000. Additionally, parents’, stepparents’, or legal guardians’ assets must be below $25,000.
Elizabeth R. Airth provided this scholarship in memory of her husband, Alfred T. Airth, to benefit conscientious students dedicated to academic excellence. Alfred T. Airth served Suwannee County as county attorney for 20 years and then served the city of Live Oak as city attorney for 26 years. He retired in 1975. Voted Suwannee County Man of the Year in 1956, Airth developed an admirable record of community, civic and religious service to Live Oak and Suwannee County. A 1930 alumnus of UF's law school, he passed away in 1993. Elizabeth Airth passed away in 2001.
Criteria: Preference will be given to a student who is a resident of Suwannee County and in the top 15% of her or his graduating class at Suwannee High School. If no such student is eligible, then preference is given to a similar student from Branford High School.
If no student is eligible from Suwanee or Branford High Schools, then graduating students from Lafayette, Dixie, Madison, Hamilton, Taylor and Columbia counties will be considered.
This scholarship is renewable for up to four years for students maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher. All eligible students must be admitted to UF.
Deadline: May 1st
University of South Florida
The Kosove Society Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards given to USF students. Throughout the year, scholars participate in a variety of activities including monthly community service events, business and planning meetings, and social gatherings.
Who can apply?
- Incoming Freshman
- Rising USF Juniors
- USF Graduate Students
Minimum GPA Requirements:
- Undergraduate: 3.5 GPA, 1250 SAT or 28 ACT
- Graduate: 3.25 GPA
This all-inclusive scholarship to USF covers:
- Full cost of Tuition and Fees (Including Summer)
- Textbook and course material funds
- Housing and meal plans for every semester
Kosove also provides additional funding for academic cost like
- Education aboard experiences
- Academic conference travel support
- Specialty equipment for coursework
- Funds for research endeavors
Here's how to apply!
- Go online to USFKOSOVESOCIETY.ORG
- Click on the Scholarship tab
- Click on the appropriate application button
- Submit a completed application by the deadline!
Other Scholarship Opportunities (State or National Level)
Certa Law Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Scholarship
A $1,000 Scholarship For Those Affected By Life-Changing Accidents
The Certa Law Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Scholarship is an award for any current or soon-to-be undergrad who have had their life altered due to a bodily injury from an automotive or pedestrian accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual. The Certa Law Scholarship has a brief submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the lasting effect an accident has had on their life.
Students applying must submit an essay where you explain, present, inspire, or otherwise convince us as to why you deserve to win this scholarship. There are no conditions or requirements for this essay. Please keep submissions to 5 paragraphs and 600 words at the absolute maximum. This is not a standardized test. While spelling, punctuation, and general cohesiveness will make your essay easier to read, and therefore judge, you are not being graded. The winning submission will be one which clearly conveys a non-fictional story of your life before and after an auto accident.
The deadline to apply for this scholarship is December 15th of each year.
To learn more please visit: https://www.certalaw.com/certa-law-personal-injury-wrongful-death-scholarship
Comedy TABC Scholarship
Comedy TABC Scholarship
Deadline: May 31st every year
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Undergraduates
Award Amount: $1500
Write a short story of a time you were peer pressured to drink alcohol, how you handled it, and what the effects were.
Learn more about the Scholarship Contest: https://comedytabc.com/#scholarships
Hagan Scholarship Foundation
The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship designed to help rural students graduate college debt-free. The Hagan Scholarship Foundation has awarded over 2,400 scholarships. Over 600 more scholarships can be awarded in April 2022. The scholarship provides up to $48,000 over four years to attend college and other benefits. Hagan Scholars are currently attending 378 colleges and universities located in 46 states.
To be eligible for a Hagan Scholarship, applicants must have a substantial financial need and must graduate from one of over 6,000 eligible public high schools listed on the HSF website. Recipients are selected based upon academic ability, achievement in and out of school, personal goals and future promise.
Recipients of a Hagan Scholarship must maintain a four-year graduation schedule, achieve a 3.00 GPA each semester, maintain a 3.25 Cumulative GPA, earn 30 credit hours each academic year excluding summer school credits and work 240 hours in the 12 months prior to fall semester enrollment at college.
To help scholarship recipients obtain a practical understanding of important life skills not typically covered in the college curriculum the Foundation provides a free summer workshop for second and fourth-year recipients, a $15,000 investment account for each second-year recipient to manage until graduation in order to learn "first-hand" how to invest to attain long-term financial security, and the opportunity to study and travel abroad after the third year of college at no cost to the recipient.
About 80% of the recipients who graduate college while in the Hagan Scholarship Program will graduate debt-free with several thousand dollars in their personal brokerage account. These individuals are high achieving, hard-working, goal-driven and well equipped to realize their full potential and attain financial security.
OppU Achievers Scholarship
The OppU Achievers Scholarship celebrates achievement in its many forms and honors those who create opportunity for themselves and others. Founded in 2016, the scholarship provides $2,500 for current or future education costs.
To be eligible for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, a student must:
- Be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school.
- Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.
To apply for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, submit a short essay responding to the prompted question. In 500 words or fewer, please tell us why you’re an achiever. How have you created opportunity for yourself? How have you created opportunity for others? Did you start a small business? Are you the founder of a community program? How did you overcome the odds and make your dreams—or the dreams of others—come true? Please include links to any relevant material that demonstrates your accomplishments.
Scholarship decisions are based solely on an applicant’s essay response. Winners for the OppU Achievers Scholarship are selected four times a year, with submission deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30.
To apply visit https://www.opploans.com/oppu/scholarship/
Purdue Global University - Scholarships for Minority Students
This resource shares 45+ financial aid scholarships for future and current students as well as potential graduate students to supplement the cost of education or professional development endeavors. Information on where to find scholarships and grants is supplied. Also highlighted within the resource are opportunities dedicated to specific demographics such as African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Students, Native Americans, and much more. The featured scholarships are current and are provided by trusted organizations. The resource will constantly be updated to ensure students can apply to the most accurate scholarships available.
Senior Care - Aging Matters Scholarship
SeniorCare.com is dedicated to helping seniors and their families in their quest for a better life. Aging impacts everyone and as the aging population explodes over the next 30 years, SeniorCare.com wants to bring more awareness to the key issues we face. We will be awarding an annual college scholarship to an individual that best demonstrates to us why "Aging Matters" to them.
We are excited to announce the SeniorCare.com Aging Matters Scholarship. A $1500 scholarship will be given annually to a selected college student that currently cares for an aging loved one, works within the senior community, or intends to pursue a career that will have an impact on the elder population. Any existing student (or incoming freshman), in good academic standing, at a 2 or 4 year accredited college can apply for this scholarship. And the recipient will demonstrate a unique and admirable understanding and desire to show us that "Aging Matters" to them.
The SeniorCare.com Aging Matters Scholarship awards $1500 to be applied towards tuition, books, board and other expenses.
- Amount: $1,500
- Duration: One-Time Payment
- Number of Recipients: 1 per year
- Applications accepted beginning June 15th for awards the following year
- Deadline Date: May 15th, 2022
- Selection Date: June 15th, 2022
- Announcement Date: As soon as the recipient is contacted and eligibility confirmed
- An existing college student or incoming freshman (to be enrolled in the Fall of 2022 in good academic standing)
- Attending any 2 year or 4 year accredited college or university as a full-time student
- Complete and submit the application form.
- Judging will be based on the submission quality of the application, which will include a short, 1000 word or less essay on why Aging Matters to the applicant.
Information provided by https://studentscholarships.org/