• The Sophisticated Gents of Florida Scholarship Application 2021


    To promote continuing education we offer a scholarship of $1000.00-$3,000.00 to a high school senior from the surrounding Lake, Sumter and Marion county communities.  The money is paid directly to the student. The process includes completing an application and a short essay about the student's career aspirations.

    To apply for one of our Scholarships, students must submit a completed application. Additionally, applicants must meet or exceed the following criteria.

    • Student is a graduating high school senior with at least a 2.50 GPA
    • Student plans to enroll in a higher education endeavor (2 or 4 year college, trade, or business school)
    • Student attends one of the target high schools: i.e Lake Weir HS, Leesburg HS, Wildwood Middle HS, The Villages Charter HS


    Click here for scholarship application: The Sophisticated Gents of Florida Scholarship Application 2021

    Click here for additional information: The Sophisticated Gents of Florida


    TheDream.US Scholarship for Immigrant Youth

    TheDream.US, the nation’s largest Scholarship program for immigrant youth. On November 1, we opened our 2022-23 Scholarship Programs for Undocumented students who have DACA, TPS, or who arrived in the country before November 1, 2016, came to the US before the age of 16, and otherwise meet the DACA eligibility criteria. 


    TheDream.US offers two types of scholarships depending on where the applicant lives. For your state, undocumented students can apply to the National Scholarship

    • The National Scholarship for first-time college students or community college graduates to attend a Partner College in their state. The National Scholarship is for tuition and fees up to $16,500 for an associate’s degree and $33,000 for a bachelor’s degree.
    • The deadline for applications is February 28, 2022.

    We are committed to ensuring that undocumented students have the opportunity of a college education and meaningful careers that will enable them to contribute to their communities and our country.  


    Click here to complete the scholarship application The Dream.US Scholarship


    The Mission Hub 2021 – 2022 Dream Big Scholarship

    We are honored that you are considering applying for The Mission Hub 2021 – 22 Dream Big Scholarship Fund. Our hope is that through this scholarship we can continue our efforts to pave the way for our youths and young adults in high school and across the Marion County area. Realizing the power of investing in our younger generation, this scholarship is intended to help those in need to offset financial needs and become both educated and successful servants to our community at large. Our goal for the coming year is to bless 6 students with a scholarship of up to $2500.


    To be considered, please complete your application, and submit all and documents required by the deadline May 1st, 2022. 


    Contact person: Melainie Facey  (352) 233-7247 or (352) 462-5755.


    Scholarship Criteria

    • Applicant must attend a Florida Marion County School

    • Applicant must be a graduating senior from a Public or Private School

    • Applicant must be a high school senior entering an accredited College or University as a full-time student

    • Applicant must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 weighted GPA on a 5.0 Scale

    • Please attach an official copy of your high school transcript and photocopy of your SAT or ACT Scores with your application. Final high school transcript must be submitted to us by June 15th , 2022

    • Applicant must demonstrate a dedication to community service to apply you must have a minimum of 150 service hours over their (4) years of high school. Please validate with your current Guidance Counselor.

    • Provide us with 5’ X 7” photo of yourself. (Picture will not be returned)

    • Submit: (1) personal reference and (2) letters of recommendations from a counselor, teacher, or coach with application.

    • Biography and Essay combined must be 1½ - 2 ½ pages, please no more than 650 words typed and doubled spaced

    A. Biography of yourself

    B. Write an essay sharing a moment with an individual who or which has impacted your life. Now, your essay must come alive using imaginary, similes, and metaphoric languages. Your entry should invoke an emotional response and be no more than 650 words.


    The Mission HUB 2021-22 Dream Big Scholarship Application


    Kingdom of the Sun Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Scholarship


    The Chapter’s Scholarship Fund will award a $500.00 or more grant to one or more graduating Marion County, Florida, high school seniors per year.



    1. Applicant must be a mid-term graduating senior of a Marion County high school.

    2. Applicant should be in the upper 20% academic achievement (cumulative summary, district and state GPA and points) of grade level 12.

    3. Applicant must plan on participating in a college ROTC program, OR Applicant must have accepted the nomination, appointment and acceptance to one of the U.S. military academies.



    1. An interview with the KOS Scholarship Committee may be scheduled for the final selection of one or more recipients.

    2. Accompanying the application, each applicant must submit the following by April 1st of the graduating year:

    (a) A transcript of grades through the mid-term senior year with the overall grade point average (district and state) circled or highlighted

    (b) A letter of acceptance from a military academy or college ROTC unit

    (c) Answers to personal questionnaire

    (d) Headshot photo

    3. The applicant must be recommended by the Senior Military instructor at his or her high school if they are enrolled in JROTC.

    4. Mail all applications and documents to:

    Mrs. Linda Byrd

    Scholarship Committee Chairman KOS Chapter, MOAA

    8894-D SW 91st Street Ocala, FL 34481-7401

    OR email all documentation to Linda Byrd.


    Transcript should come directly from the high school.


    Call or text Mrs. Linda Byrd at 352-789-4904 if you have any questions.


    Kingdom of the Sun Chapter MOAA Informational Flyer

    Kingdom of the Sun Chapter MOAA Scholarship Application 2022

    Kingdom of the Sun Chapter MOAA Scholarship Questionnaire 2022




    • Scholarship application must be received and/or postmarked by May 9, 2021
    • Two letters of recommendation. One should be from one of your current teachers, guidance counselor, principal or similar school official that can attest to your scholastic achievements. The other letter should be from a community leader that can attest to your community involvement. The letters must be signed, dated and include the person’s name, title, address, phone number, and relationship to you. The letter cannot be from a relative.
    • High School Transcript
    • Documented Community Service Hours indicating you have completed 50+ hours
    • An essay, typed on a separate sheet, no more than 500 words, discussing the meaning and importance of Juneteenth.
      • Double-spaced
      • Include your Full-Name
      • Your Title
    • Completed application packet should be submitted via email to ocalajuneteenth2020@gmail.com with the subject line of "Ocala Juneteenth ‘22 Scholarship Application" or mail the application to Ocala Juneteenth Celebration Commission, LLC, Attention Scholarship Committee, 6480 NW 65th Place, Ocala, FL 34482


    Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.


    Scholarship winners will be recognized at the Ocala Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18, 2022.  


    Click here for scholarship application: Ocala Juneteenth Celebration Commission Scholarship


    Quilting Guild of the Villages Scholarship

    The Quilting Guild of The Villages (QGOTV) is offering an award of $1,000.00 to encourage and reward continuing education students who excel in the field of sewing, show commitment to the volunteer sector, and to advance future generations in continued sewing awareness.

    Criteria for Application:

    High school graduating seniors who live in Sumter, Marion, or Lake Counties Florida who have demonstrated evidence of all of the following are eligible to apply.

    • Accomplishments in extracurricular sewing
    • Leadership Skills
    • Community service activities
    • Commitment to continuing education


    Application Requirements:
    Applicants must provide the completed application form (may be downloaded from www.QGOTV.org) by April 1, 2022.

    1. One page essay as described in the Application for Scholarship Award
    2. Supporting documents/photo’s relating to our sewing achievements
    3. Two (2) written non-family references that have know you for 3 years.

    a. Must include name & contact numbers for references.
    All applications and supporting information become the property of The Quilting Guild of The Villages.


    Submission Information:

    Application deadline: April 1, 2022
    Send to: Michaelyn Nicholls, Chairman Scholarship Committee
                 Quilting Guild of The Villages
                 2437 Schoenfeldt Street
                 The Villages, FL, 32163

    Quilting Guild Scholarship Information

    Quilting Guild Scholarship Application


    University of South Florida (USF) Kosove Society Scholarship

    The Kosove Society Scholarship is one ofthe most prestigious awards given to USF students. Kosove Scholars are competitively selected and represent the University's best and brightest minds. Academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to community service are the hallmarks ofthe Kosove Society and its scholars.

    The on-campus Kosove student group, known as the Kosove Society, consists of current undergraduate and graduate students. These students come from diverse backgrounds and pursue medical, engineering, education, social science, fine arts, and business degrees—to name just a few of the disciplines in which Kosove scholars engage. The group works to fulfill the Kosoves' desires to serve the University, the Tampa Bay region, and the global community. Once a member ofthe Kosove Society, students enjoy access to a large network of Kosove Alumni, and past and present Kosove members continue to interact long after their on-campus membership has ended. In essence, new Kosove members become part ofthe Kosove Family that spans more than 30 years. 

    Students of the University of South Florida who are inducted into the Kosove Society receive a scholarship, total to the amount of the estimated cost of attendance. Students are also encouraged and provided funds to participate in academic conferences and fieldwork experiences, as well as study abroad opportunities in order to enhance their educational involvement and expand their horizons.


    As a member ofthe Kosove Society, recipients will receive an all-inclusive scholarship to the University of South Florida at the Tampa Campus. Undergraduate applications are accepted annually October 1, 2021 - December 3, 2021 for the following school year (2022-2023). Interviews will be held for selected applicants in February 2022.


    Contact Person: LaToya Wider

    Website: University of South Florida Kosove Society

    USF Kosove Society Scholarship Information & Application


    Florida Retired Educators Foundation (FREF) Scholarship


    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Seniors graduating from an accredited Florida high school
    • Unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Minimum test scores: SAT - 1000 or ACT – 22
    • Must attend an accredited Florida college/university
    • Must teach in Florida, following graduation. A copy of the OFFICIAL FLORIDA PROFESSIONAL TEACHING CERTIFICATE must be sent to the State FREA Office. The scholarship requires recipients to teach in the State of Florida for one year for every year the scholarship was awarded. If not, they must repay any scholarship monies received.

    Scholarship Application Information:

    The application is online at www.frea.org/scholarships. Due to some students not having computers or access to Internet, there is also an option to print out a hardcopy of the application. You can print out a copy for them. Students with access to a computer and internet should submit their applications online.


    Things to Know:

    • The application cannot be saved online once it is started. Therefore, please advise students to review the application process before starting to fill it out. They need to know what information is needed to complete the application. There is a checklist on the first page of the scholarship information. They may also print out a hard copy for planning purposes.

    All applications—online and hard copy--are due on or before January 20. Once the submit button has been pressed, students will have the option of saving their completed application on a flash drive or computer. Hard copy applications should be mailed to the following address:
         Florida Retired Educators Association
         8950 9th Street, N.
         Suite 105
         St. Petersburg, FL 33702
    • Supporting documents (i.e., transcripts, essay, letters of recommendation, etc.) may be submitted online or printed and mailed. Supporting documents due on or before January 31.
    • For the required essay, students may type the essay ahead of time and save it to a flash drive or computer. Once they have proofread and added any finishing touches, they will need to save it in PDF format and upload it to the application.


    Florida Retired Educators Foundation Scholarship Application


    Rainbow Springs Art Scholarship

    Rainbow Springs Art in Dunnellon supports our young artists, especially as they graduate from high school and consider extending their studies in the Arts. RSA will award a $1000 scholarship to eligible High School Seniors pursuing a degree in an art venue. Categories include music, theatre, interior design, dance, computerized art design, sculpture, painting, woodwork and graphic arts. However, any type of artistic category will be considered


    The funds awarded are to be used for an accredited college, university, community college or technical school. Funds will be issued to the school of choice in the name of the applicant and not to the applicant as an individual.


    A short essay of five hundred words or less on “What are your goals for your artistic career in the next five years?”, must be attached to the application. A video clip can be substituted for a written essay.


    Two photographs of two different pieces of the applicant’s Artwork or two video clips of two different performances within the past two years must accompany the application.


    Videos can be emailed or delivered on a USB/thumb drive, or SD card to Rainbow Springs Art Gallery in Dunnellon. These will be returned.

    Deadline for applications is April 15, 2022.  The scholarships will be awarded in May 2022, date to be determined.


    Any questions can be emailed to: rsacoop2016@gmail.com .  Attention Donna.


    Submissions can be mailed to Rainbow Springs Art in Dunnellon, 20804 W Pennsylvania Ave. Dunnellon 34431.


    Rainbow Springs Art Scholarship Information Letter

    Rainbow Springs Art Scholarship Application

      Opera Club of the Villages - Schwartz Music Scholarship

    We are very excited to announce that the Opera Club of the Villages will be conducting the Harold Schwartz Music Scholarship Program again this year!  Last year, we were proud to award more than $30,000 in music scholarships to graduating seniors from Lake, Sumter and Marion county high schools.

    This year, we are happy to announce that we have been able to increase our scholarship awards.  The First Prize will be a music scholarship of up to $12,000, Second Prize will be up to $10,000, Third Prize will be up to $8,000 and Fourth Prize will be up to $6,000!  

    Instrumentalists and vocalists are eligible to participate. Students applying must be graduating seniors from Lake, Sumter, or Marion county with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 who will major or minor in music in the 2022-23 academic year at the college, university or conservatory of their choice.

    There is more information to come soon! Applications and additional Schwartz competition information will be posted on our web-site Opera Club of the Villages.


    Ms. Marty Taylor, Harold Schwartz Music Scholarship Chair, Email: Schwartz.Scholarship.Program@gmail.com

    MCPS Counseling Office Scholarship Information

    Scholarship deadlines are between Sept. 30 - NOV. 15, 2021.  Click the link to see the full listing of scholarships being offered

    2021-2022 MCPS Scholarship Directory


     2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship

    The goal of this Scholarship Fund is to help students achieve the dream of a higher education. The Scholarship Fund seeks out students who show financial need and academic promise, and who have overcome obstacles and contributed to their community. This community’s strong support of the recipients is one of the most unique and important attributes of the scholarship. 



    • Applicant will be a graduating senior from one of the following schools:

                  Belleview High School, Lake Weir High School, Leesburg High School, Tavares High School, The Villages Charter High School, and Wildwood Middle High School

    • Demonstrate academic ability with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (1 page)
    • Use a computer to fill in all applicable information on form.
    • Accuracy and original thoughts are important.
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered.


    Application deadline is Friday, November 12, 2021 by midnight. All completed applications must be emailed to MLKScholarships@aol.com 


    Click here for scholarship MLK Scholarship Application

    Florida Eastern Star Grant Program


    • Legal Florida resident
    • Graduating from a Florida high school
    • Complete a five paragraph essay - "What Does the Constitution of the United States Mean to Me."
    • Provide proof of college acceptance (if received before deadline). 
    • Completed application

    Contact Person: Charlene Williams, 850-994-3521, Charlene Williams 

    Deadline: Jan. 1, 2022

    Click here for application: Florida Eastern Star Scholarship Application


    The New 2021-2022 FAFSA form is here! Some states and colleges have limited funds, SO DON'T DELAY!


    When should I fill out my FAFSA for 2021-22?

    To be considered for federal student aid for the 2021–22 award year, you can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form between Oct. 1, 2020, and 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2022. Any FAFSA corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 10, 2022.

    However, many colleges have earlier deadlines for applying for institutional financial aid. Check with your college or career school about its deadlines.


    Why fill out a FAFSA form?

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in the financial aid process. You use the FAFSA form to apply for federal student aid, such as grants, work-study, and loans. In addition, most states and colleges use information from the FAFSA form to award nonfederal aid.


    How much student financial aid will I receive?

    Using the information on your FAFSA form and your EFC (Expected Family Contribution), the financial aid office at your college will determine the amount of aid you will receive. The college will use your EFC to prepare a financial aid package to help you meet your financial need. Financial need is the difference between the cost of attendance (which can include living expenses), as determined by your college, and your EFC. If you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, you may receive it from only one college for the same period of enrollment. If you or your family have unusual circumstances that should be taken into account, contact your college’s financial aid office.


    Where to go to apply for financial aid and complete the FAFSA form

    Click here: Complete the FAFSA form