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Farah & Farah Empowering Greatness Scholarship

The Farah & Farah Empowering Greatness Scholarship, worth $5,000, is awarded to five undergraduate students in Florida, United States.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 3, 2024
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$5,000
5 Award Winners
Open
$2,500
1 Award Winner

Leighton M. Ballew Directing Award

SETC’s Leighton M. Ballew Directing Award provides one student with a $2,500 scholarship to study theater directing at a regionally accredited graduate school in the upcoming academic year.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
April 1, 2024
Open
$2,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$500–$5,000
48 Award Winners

Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarships

The Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarship offers need-based scholarships of between $500 and $5,000 to graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in accredited colleges in the U.S.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – College Sophomore
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 7, 2023
Closed
$500–$5,000
48 Award Winners
Closed
$250–$1,000
12 Award Winners

Porter Fleming Literary Competition

The Porter Fleming Literary Competition grants the amount of $7,000 to 12 individuals who exhibit skill in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or one-act playwriting.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
August 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 13, 2023
Closed
$250–$1,000
12 Award Winners
Closed
$2,000–$6,000
2 Award Winners

Gulf Coast Hurricane Scholarship

The Gulf Coast Hurricane Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students residing and studying plastic industry-related courses at postsecondary institutions in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.

Eligible Grades
High School Graduate – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 15, 2023
Closed
$2,000–$6,000
2 Award Winners
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner

William B. Howell Memorial Scholarship

The William B. Howell Memorial Scholarship awards $2,500 to undergraduate students who reside in Ohio, Michigan, or Florida and are enrolled full- or part-time in a welding degree program.

Eligible Grades
High School Graduate – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 15, 2023
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
229 Award Winners

Florida Realtors Education Foundation Student Scholarship Program

The FREF Student Scholarship Program awards $1,000 to over 200 undergraduate and graduate students to assist with college and/or postgraduate education expenses and to pursue careers in real estate.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 10, 2023
Application Deadline
March 10, 2023
Closed
$1,000
229 Award Winners
Closed
$750
1 Award Winner

Curwen-Guidry Scholarship Fund

The Fund awards high school seniors who are bowlers in the USBC League to further their education. It’s open to students in the nine states part of the Southern Bowling Congress.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
November 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 15, 2023
Closed
$750
1 Award Winner
Closed
$10,000–$25,000
3 Award Winners

BIG ARTS Classical Music Scholarship

The three scholarship awards include a $25,000 first prize, $15,000 second prize, and $10,000 third prize and are awarded to undergraduate students pursuing classical music studies at institutions in Florida.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 25, 2023
Closed
$10,000–$25,000
3 Award Winners
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition

High school students are awarded a $5,000 prize for a science project. Finalists get $1,000 each, winner’s high school receives $1,000, and the referring teacher wins $1,000. Projects must serve humanity.

Eligible Grades
High School Freshman – High School Senior
Application Open Date
August 28, 2022
Application Deadline
March 27, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500
2 Award Winners

Allamanda Garden Club Horticulture Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to two outstanding students each who are committed to pursuing a profession in horticulture-related fields. It’s a renewable scholarship if recipients maintain scholarship requirements each academic year.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$1,500
2 Award Winners
Closed
$1,500
4 Award Winners

National PCEA Ted G. Wilson Memorial Scholarship Foundation

PCEA offers the Ted G. Wilson Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 to four high school seniors in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to pursue degrees in construction.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
August 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$1,500
4 Award Winners
Closed
$3,500
30 Award Winners

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest – College Students

The Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest awards 30 scholarships to undergraduate students who live in states with Regions' full service and are enrolled in undergraduate programs of their choice.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$3,500
30 Award Winners
Closed
$5,000
30 Award Winners

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest – High School Seniors

The Scholarship Contest awards 30 scholarships to high school senior students who live in states with Regions' full service and plan to enroll in undergraduate programs of their choice.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$5,000
30 Award Winners
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Denise Halbach Performance Scholarship Award

The Denise Halbach Performance Scholarship awards $2,000 to a graduate student studying acting or musical theater. Students who graduated from universities in the SETC region can apply.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner

Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award

The Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship awards $1,500 to a graduate student studying costume design or technology. Applicants must have studied or will study at an SETC region institution.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Robert Porterfield Scholarship Award

The Robert Porterfield Scholarship awards $2,000 to graduate students pursuing a degree in theatre. Applicants should have graduated from an undergraduate program at a university in the SETC region.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship

The Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship awards $2,000 to one high school senior in the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) region who will pursue studies in theater.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

William E. Wilson Scholarship Award

The William E. Wilson Scholarship awards $5,000 to a secondary school teacher pursuing graduate studies in theatre or speech and theatre. Applicants must be legal residents of any SETC state.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$500
4 Award Winners

Florida Engineers in Education Scholarship

The scholarship is part of the organization’s mission to educate the public about engineering and help shape the career paths of youth interested in the field.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore – College Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 21, 2023
Closed
$500
4 Award Winners
Closed
$400
50 Award Winners

Zakat Foundation Community Service Scholarship

Preparing for college is an exciting time, but it can also be an overwhelming undertaking, especially for students graduating during a pandemic.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – High School Graduate
Application Open Date
April 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 10, 2023
Closed
$400
50 Award Winners
Closed
$1,500
185 Award Winners

¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program

The ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program offers 185 $1,500 flight e-passes to undergraduate and graduate students who travel away from home to study.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
March 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 15, 2023
Closed
$1,500
185 Award Winners
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner

MGMA Southern Section Scholarship

The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) offers the MGMA Southern Section Scholarship of $2,500 to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in medical practice management-related fields.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 15, 2023
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000–$5,000
1 Award Winner

SAWF Scholarship Program

The Southern Automotive Women's Forum Scholarship Program provides scholarships between $1,000 and $5,000 to women enrolled or who plan to enroll in a STEM-related field.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – High School Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 20, 2023
Closed
$1,000–$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$500
1 Award Winner

FTCEtest.org Scholarship for Future Teachers

The FTCEtest.org Scholarship for Future Teachers of $500 was formed as part of FTCEtest.org's objective to reduce barriers for educators who desire to become credentialed teachers in Florida.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
July 1, 2022
Application Deadline
June 1, 2023
Closed
$500
1 Award Winner

About Florida scholarships

Did you know that there are scholarships available in Florida for students? In fact, the state offers a variety of scholarships, including those for students who excel in academics, athletics, or the arts. There are also scholarships available for students who demonstrate financial need or who are from underrepresented groups. So if you’re a student living in Florida, be sure to check out the many scholarship opportunities available to you!

Why Study in Florida?

Who wouldn’t want to mix business with pleasure? Sunny Florida features a lot of activities and attractions that will make your stay memorable. You get to learn and engage in a lot of outdoor activities. In addition to its educational offerings, Florida has a vibrant culture and a wide variety of entertainment options. From the nightlife in Miami to theme parks such as Disney World and Universal Studios, it’s easy to see why so many people choose to study there.

Florida offers a wide variety of educational institutions for students of all ages and backgrounds. The state is home to large universities and small community colleges. It also enjoys a strong economy, making it an attractive destination for those looking to pursue their studies and get valuable work experience. With its proximity to major cities like Miami and Orlando, it’s easy to find internships and jobs in the field of your choice.

Cost of college in Florida 2023

Attending college in Florida can be a great investment, but it is important to understand the cost of doing so. According to CollegeData, the average cost of tuition and fees for an in-state student at a public university in Florida is $6,360 per year. This excludes the cost of room and board, which can add anywhere from $7,000–$20,000 depending on the school. Students should consider other expenses such as books and supplies when budgeting for college in Florida. Financial aid is available to help reduce the cost of college, and there are a number of scholarships offered in Florida to help students with their higher education costs.

Florida is home to some of the best colleges and universities in the country. With its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and vibrant culture, Florida offers a great educational experience for students looking to pursue higher education. Three of the top institutions in Florida are the University of Florida (UF), Florida State University (FSU), and the University of Miami (UM). All three schools offer diverse student bodies with numerous extracurricular activities available on campus as well as nearby attractions such as Disney World or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Students in Florida looking for an affordable college education will be pleased to know that there are several schools with very low tuition rates. Three of the most affordable colleges in the state are Pasco-Hernando State College, Northwest Florida State College, and Broward College. All three institutions offer a quality education at significantly lower costs than other universities throughout the state. Pasco-Hernando State College has an annual tuition rate of just $2,472 per year while Northwest Florida State College charges only $3,288 each year. Lastly, Broward College offers one of the lowest tuition rates at just $2,834 annually. These three schools provide students with an opportunity to earn their degree without having to break the bank in order to do so.

Best 10 Florida scholarships 2023

When applying for scholarships, the programs with the largest grants are usually the most sought-after to cut costs and ease financial burden throughout your college years. Here are the best 10 scholarship programs for Florida locals, including women and minorities.

ScholarshipAward Amount
Big Arts Classical Music Scholarship$10,000-$25,000
Florida Public Transportation Association Scholarship$6,000-$10,000
Roy W. Likins Scholarship$2,500-$7,000
Gulf Coast Hurricane Scholarship$2,000-$6,000
William E. Wilson Scholarship Award$5,000
Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarship Award$500-$5,000
Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest$3,500
MGMA Southern Section Scholarship$2,500
Society of Professional Jounralists Florida Scholarship$1,000-$2,500
InspirASIAN Scholarship$2,500

Top Colleges in Florida

Florida boasts some of the best colleges in the United States. Its most renowned universities include the University of Florida, the University of Miami, Florida State University, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and the University of South Florida in Tampa.

The University of Florida is one of the top public schools and consistently ranks on college rankings lists. It offers an array of undergraduate and graduate degrees, including engineering, business, and health sciences. The Gainesville campus is also home to a vibrant student community and plenty of activities for leisure. The University of Miami is also a highly esteemed research university with an emphasis on health sciences. The school offers several medical-related degrees as well as programs in law, architecture, and marine science, to name a few. The Miami campus features year-round events and activities.

Florida State University has built a reputation as a leader in science and technology over the years, offering a variety of degree programs in engineering, business, and science, among other fields. An impressive public university located in Orlando is the University of Central Florida. It has become known for its excellence in several areas, including engineering, computer science, business, and hospitality management. Finally, the University of South Florida is a respected research university located in Tampa. It has a wide range of degree programs, as well as a strong focus on research and innovation. USF also offers plenty of opportunities for students to get involved in campus life.

Scholarships for women in Florida 2023

In Florida, women are behind their male counterparts when it comes to educational attainment. According to data from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, only 34% of adult women in Florida hold an associate degree or higher compared to 43% of men. The gap between genders widens even more when looking at bachelor’s degrees with just 22% of adult women holding one versus 32% of men. This can largely be attributed to the lack of access to and financial resources available for female students pursuing higher education. Fortunately, many organizations have stepped up offering scholarships specifically designed to help women in Florida continue their educational journey.

Women in Florida are eligible for a variety of scholarships that can help them reach their educational and career goals. There are numerous scholarships available from the state, private organizations, and businesses to support women in reaching their academic dreams. For example, the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum offers the SAWF Scholarship of up to $5,000 to a female high school graduate, pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) or automotive discipline.

Scholarships for high school students in Florida 2023

Florida is home to thousands of high school graduates every year. According to recent figures, the state has seen a steady increase in its high school graduation rate over the past few years, with an estimated 84% of students graduating from public schools in 2018. This number is even higher when considering private schools. Therefore, many organizations have created scholarships specifically tailored for Florida’s high school students. Some of these scholarship programs include:
The InspirASIAN Scholarship of 1,000 to high school seniors to pursue undergraduate studies. With the same award amount, the Arts For Life! Scholarship is awarded to 25 Florida high school seniors who exhibit excellence academically and within a creative field of writing, dance, drama, or visual arts annually. The scholarship is designed to allow students to continue the development of their artistic ability. You can browse more than 16 high school senior scholarship programs in Florida to choose from.

Tips for winning Florida scholarships

1. Research scholarship opportunities: There are many scholarships available for college students in Florida. To increase your chances of winning a scholarship, it is important to research and find opportunities that match your area of study, interests, and qualifications. You can start by visiting the websites of local colleges and universities, as well as national or state granting organizations to search for scholarships you may be eligible for. You can even look at scholarship search engines or websites to find a suitable scholarship to apply for.

2. Develop a personal statement: Since many of the scholarship applications will require an essay, it is important to begin crafting your personal statements as early as possible. Your essay should highlight the special qualities and experiences that make you stand out from other applicants. Focus on what makes you unique and how it can be used to benefit the scholarship committee.

3. Submit your applications early: Many scholarships have deadlines, so make sure you submit your applications ahead of time. This will give the scholarship committee enough time to review and consider your application before making a decision.

Frequently asked questions

Are there any scholarships for women in Florida?

There are 40 Florida scholarships for all students of all grade levels. The SAWF Scholarship program is funded by Southern Automotive Women’s Forum and is available to female high school graduates who are enrolled or planning to enroll in a college or university for the upcoming academic year, pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) or automotive discipline. If you’re looking for scholarships for women outside Florida, head to our Scholarships for Women page.

How many scholarships are there for high school seniors in Florida?

There are 16 different scholarships available in our Scholaroo database for high school seniors in Florida. The Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarship of up to $5,000 is one program offered by the Jimmy Rane Foundation. It is available to deserving students to pursue undergraduate studies.

Are there any scholarships for minorities in Florida?

All listed 40 scholarships are made available to eligible students despite race, ethnicity, religion, or gender. One of the programs tailored for minorities is the Minority Teacher Education Scholarship of up to $4,000 and aims to encourage minority students to join the state’s teaching workforce.