Financial Aid Resources

Financial Aid Information

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (Federal Financial Aid) To APPLY go to https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (State Scholarship and Grant Programs)

Florida Financial Aid Calendar

Navigating Your Financial Future Website

Seeking Financial Aid Brochure

Money For College Brochure

Florida Bright Futures

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement. To APPLY go to https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/SAPHome/SAPHome?url=home and create an account. Click each link below to find specific details for each Bright Future Scholarship.

Florida Bright Futures Website

Florida Academic Scholarship (FAS) and Florida Medallion Scholarship (FMS)

Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholarship (GSC)

Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship (CSV)

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program Brochure

BigFuture Scholarships (CollegeBoard)

Watch this video on the BigFuture Scholarship opportunity (previously called CollegeBoard Opportunity Scholarship).

Learn more and get started at bigfuturescholarships.org

Student Flyer

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HCHS Scholarships (specifically for HCHS Students)

Scholarship Coordinator

Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell, 386-792-8113, [email protected]

2023-2024 HCHS Scholarship Information

23-24 Scholarships Student Information Sheet UPDATED 2/14/2024 10:31 AM

HCHS Common Application

HCHS Common Application (Updated 2/12/24) Deadline: March 27th

Below are the Scholarships included on the HCHS Common Application. *Indicates student must also complete additional scholarship application. 

Brotherhood of Hamilton County*

Busy Bee's Early Learning Center LLC*

Class of 2009 Memorial

Jordan Coffee Memorial Scholarship Fund

Cooks Family Scholarship*

Dream Chasers Academy, Inc. Joseph T. Cooks Memorial

FGC: First Federal Bank of Florida

FGC: HCA Florida Lake City Hospital Allied Health

FGC: Nutrien

Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce

Hamilton County Education Association

Hamilton County Memorial Hospital Trustee Board

Hamilton County Public Schools Foundation: Kiwanis*

Hamilton County Republican Party*

Maceo Howell, Jr. Memorial*

Angela Jackson Scholarship Fund*

Jasper First United Methodist Church

Jasper Women's Club

Christina McCulley, Realtor United Country Real Estate: Smith & Associates*

Jessie McSwain Memorial

Dr. Wade B. Norris Sr. and Rachel Norris Dickerson Memorial Vocational

Coach Chad Perrin Memorial*

Christopher Sanchez Rayford Memorial*

Chief Tony Rickerson Memorial Scholarship for First Responders

Cynthia Cooks Scott Memorial*

The Virtuous Woman Memorial Scholarship In Memory of Mrs. Catherine P. Allen & Mrs. Terri L. Thomas

Michael and Sharron Wetherington Memorial

Ignacio and Rebecca Zamora, Sr. Memorial

2023-2024 Local Scholarship Applications

All deadlines are March 27th unless otherwise noted. *Indicates student must also complete the HCHS Common Application. 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Deadline: March 25th

Brotherhood of Hamilton County*

Corene R. Bryant American Legion Auxiliary Unit 215

Bryant-Philips American Legion Post 215 Air Force JROTC

Busy Bee's Early Learning Center LLC*

Cooks Family Scholarship*

FASFEPA Vivian Scott Deadline: February 12th

Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections Deadline: March 8th

Gold Standard Chapter Deadline: April 20th

Hamilton County Farm Bureau Deadline: April 17th

Hamilton County Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University (FAMU) Alumni

Hamilton County Public Schools Foundation: Kiwanis*

Hamilton County Republican Party*

HOPE Application not yet available

Maceo Howell, Jr. Memorial*

J.P. Strappy Court #130: Heroines of Jericho Deadline: April 6th

Angela Jackson Scholarship Fund*

Christina McCulley, Realtor United Country Real Estate: Smith & Associates*

North Florida College ONLINE APPLICATION Deadline: March 30th

Coach Chad Perrin Memorial*

Christopher Sanchez Rayford Memorial*

Rays of Hope

RIVEROAK Technical College Merit Deadline: April 12th

Cynthia Cooks Scott Memorial*

Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative Application not yet available

Sample Application

Sample Application For review only.

Resume Resources

Canva: https://www.canva.com/resumes/templates/high-school/

Resume Builder: https://www.resumebuilder.com/resume-templates/

Resume Giants: https://www.resumegiants.com/high-school-student-resume-templates/

Area College/University Scholarships

Florida Gateway College

Foundation for FGC Scholarship Application

More than $600,000 in scholarship funds are available.

Once you’re admitted to FGC, complete the short application to be matched with available scholarships!

  • Variety of privately funded scholarships to FGC students
  • Application opens the beginning of fall and spring terms usually a month before fees are due.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to be considered.

In order to apply for scholarships at Florida Gateway College, you must be admitted to the college and have a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file. We have general scholarships for any major and some set aside for specific majors, such as Nursing, Agriculture, Education and more. There are also scholarships allotted by county of residence. Some scholarships are one-time awards while others may be renewable. We encourage you to complete an application for these foundations scholarship funded by our generous donors. Please be aware that some scholarships require a Thank You letter before the scholarship can be applied to your account and make sure you monitor your wolves email for award notices. 

Please note that in order to log in, you will need your wolves email address and password. 

Southern Scholarship Foundation

Southern Scholarship Foundation is Accepting Applications Now for Fall 2024!

Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF) provides rent-free cooperative living housing scholarships for students with financial need, good character, and strong academic merit. SSF provides housing scholarships, not monetary support. We operate large, dorm-style houses on or near the campuses with a leadership development focus.  

Below is some basic information regarding our rent-free housing program:

Student Benefits:

  • Save $12,000 per year in housing costs
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Stable food & housing security
  • Peer support
  • Access to no cost mental health counseling

We serve college students at all levels attending:

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida State University
  • Santa Fe College
  • Tallahassee Community College
  • University of Florida

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Current 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Financial Need (documented by the FAFSA SAI)
  • Good Character (1 letter of recommendation, and a strong ability to live cooperatively with others and complete daily tasks)
  • If qualifications met, applicant will be invited for an interview.

Requirements for Awardees:

  • $300 Reservation Fee (a one-time fee that serves partially as a security deposit, due one week from accepting the scholarship)
  • Semester Food & Service Bill
    • Each semester, residents create a budget for groceries, utilities, internet, social activities and a few other necessities (typically an average of $1,200 for the entire semester)
  • Chores to keep the houses clean and safe.
  • Assist with cooking or cleaning for one dinner Monday to Thursday nights.  (There is food for them to prepare on their own for all other meals.)
  • Ability to live cooperatively, both with their roommate and other residents
  • Maintain 3.0 or higher GPA.

 Application Deadlines:

  • Early Submission:  March 15th
  • Fall Deadline: April 1

How to Apply: Simply visit https://southernscholarship.org/ and click “Apply”

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University of Florida

Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship  (MFOS)

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.

Alfred T. Airth General Scholarship Fund

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. 

Alfred T. Airth Scholarship Application

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.

Eligibility

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!

  1. Go online to USFKOSOVESOCIETY.ORG
  2. Click on the Scholarship tab
  3. Click on the appropriate application button
  4. Submit a completed application by the deadline!
Applications accepted annually October to January. 

Kosove Society Scholarship Flyer

Other Scholarship Opportunities (State or National Level)

Arts for Life Scholarship

Arts for Life! annually awards $1,000 scholarships to 25 graduating high school seniors in Florida who demonstrate excellence in one of the following art forms: creative writing, dance, drama, music, or visual art.

Application Period: The 2023-24 application period deadline is February 5, 2024.

Eligibility: High school students who are graduating from a public, private, or virtual school or a home education program in Florida during the current academic year.

To Apply: Visit https://artsforlifeaward.org or download the attached application.

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

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  • Scholarships 101: This handy one-pager outlines key terms, timelines, and important information to know when searching and applying for scholarships.  
  • Free Scholarship Search: Students can search over 3 million scholarships worth more than $18 billion. No registration required.

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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

Dreamer Scholarships

TheDream.US scholarship applications are now open to support the higher education and career goals of Dreamers (with and without DACA/TPS), with upcoming application deadlines at the end of January and February. 

We invite undocumented students with or without DACA/TPS who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and before November 1, 2018 to apply to attend one of our more than 80 Partner Colleges in 21 states and Washington, DC.

  • TheDream.US Opportunity Scholarship is for students who live in one of 22 targeted, locked-out states where they cannot access in-state tuition. The Opportunity Scholarship provides up to $80,000 to cover tuition, fees, and on-campus housing and meals for a bachelor’s degree. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2024.
  • TheDream.US National Scholarship is for high school graduates or those currently/previously enrolled in college to attend a Partner College in their state. The National Scholarship is for tuition and fees up $39,000 for a bachelor’s degree. Deadline for applications is February 29, 2024.
Find more information about TheDream.US including application eligibility and how to apply at: https://www.thedream.us/scholarships/ 

Going Merry

Scholarships and grants are helpful ways to fund your college education. They provide you with free money that can go towards tuition or other educational expenses.

To find and apply for scholarships, sign up for Going Merry -- it’s free! Going Merry has thousands of national, regional, and local scholarships. There are also opportunities for every grade level, from freshmen to seniors. 

To sign up, click here: Sign up for Going Merry! 

You can also download the Going Merry mobile app (and sign up that way) on iOS or Android

Here are some reasons to choose Going Merry for your scholarship search: 

  • Scholarship bundles: You can apply to multiple scholarships using one application and the same essay prompt.

  • Vetted scholarships: The Going Merry team periodically reviews every scholarship listing, to ensure the scholarship program is still active and the information is correct.

  • Personal matching: Once signed up, you’ll answer a few questions to fill out a basic profile, and then get matched to scholarships that fit your background, academics, interests, etc. 

  • Clear organization: You can shortlist favorites and get deadline reminders about them. All drafts and applications are saved, and you’ll get updates on the scholarships you’ve applied to. 

  • Direct, auto-filled applications: You can apply to many scholarships directly on the site (with forms helpfully pre-filled). 

"No Sweat" Scholarship

$2,500 "No Sweat" Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Number of awards: 1

Due Date: March 31st  2024

Eligible Candidates: 8-12th grade students

Application: https://www.cirkledin.com/scholarships/

Application Process: Apply on the above URL. Free application.

­Direct-to-student cash prize for any educational purpose: from books to summer enrichment to a new laptop.

  • No GPA requirements or Essays to write
  • No minimum income requirements 
  • Selection based on their holistic Cirkled In profile

Learn about Cirkled In: Cirkled In is an award-winning, secure, and engaging online profile platform that helps high school students with “College and Career Readiness”. Cirkled In provides a one-stop shop for various educational and employment opportunities. Check out our College Search database as well as over 8,000 jobs and internships database curated just for students.

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. 

https://www.purdueglobal.edu/blog/student-life/scholarships-minority-students/

Scholar's App

Scholar's App is a platform that connects students to verified scholarships and helps track the entire financial aid process. Easily create a profile, search for scholarships, and submit applications online.

For more information visit https://scholarsapp.com/

Student Scholarships.org

Information provided by https://studentscholarships.org/

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Mark Wandall Foundation Scholarship

The Mark Wandall Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating support for children in grief.

Scholarship cycle for the 2024 academic year is now open and there is $10,000 in scholarship funds available.

The death of a parent, sibling, or guardian often brings financial burden. The Mark Wandall Foundation is proud to offer scholarships to assist graduating seniors and/or young adults (age 25 and younger) who are residents of the State of Florida and seeking post-secondary education (including technical and vocational school).

Applicants must have suffered the death of a parent, sibling, or guardian.

To learn more about applying for a scholarship visit, https://www.themarkwandallfoundation.org/scholarship-program/.

Deadline: March 31, 2024