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Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded primarily based on financial need; however, some scholarship programs may not require need. Other factors are also considered, which may include academic talent, performing talent, participation in certain activities or special interests. Scholarship requirements and application procedures vary depending upon the criteria set by the scholarship provider. Many scholarships require a separate application that must be obtained directly from the scholarship provider. More information about individual scholarships and downloadable application forms can be found at here.

Valencia Honors Program
The James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College awards a limited number of full tuition, non-transferable scholarships to admission candidates who demonstrate academic promise and who commit to one of the four available curriculum tracks: Interdisciplinary Studies track, Leadership track, Undergraduate Research track, or the Jeffersonian general education track. All students who apply for the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College will be considered for scholarship awards. Awards are renewable for up to four terms.

Initial Eligibility:

  • Students must apply and be admitted into the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College.
  • Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that the results are received prior to the start of the term of admission.
  • Scholarship recipients must be degree seeking students at Valencia College.
  • Scholarship recipients must register for at least nine credits.
  • Scholarship recipients must be registered for at least one honors class.

Renewal Eligibility:

  • Scholarships are renewed on a term-by-term basis.
  • Students must make good progress towards graduation in a curricular track as determined by the Honors Director.
  • Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that the results are received prior to the start of the term of admission.
  • Scholarship recipients must be degree-seeking students at Valencia College.
  • Scholarship recipients must register for at least nine credits each term.
  • Scholarship students must complete at least 75% of attempted credits to be renewed in subsequent terms.
All students receiving any form of financial aid must meet the standards of progress as outlined by the federal government. See valenciacollege.edu/finaid/satisfactory_progress.cfm for Satisfactory Academic Progress criteria.

 

Valencia Advantage Scholarship
Valencia Advantage Scholarship recipients are selected by Financial Aid Services based on the following criteria:

  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Processed results must show the applicant to have unmet financial need.
  • Seek an AA or AS Degree Program.
  • Selection priority shall be for students who qualify for limited or no other source of grant or scholarship funding.
  • Scholarship amounts may vary based on the student’s demonstrated financial need.
  • To receive funding, the recipient must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for financial aid recipients as described in the Valencia Catalog and enroll in at least 6 credit hours each term.

 

Performing Arts Scholarships
Scholarships will be available to students engaged in performing arts activities including, but not limited to, art, drama, and music. The department dean or program coordinator will forward selection recommendations to the Director of Financial Aid Services for final approval and awarding. Recipients must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to receiving funding.

 

Bridges to Success
This scholarship is awarded to students who participate in the Bridges to Success Program. The Bridges to Success Program is available to first generation in college and socio-economically disadvantaged high school graduates from Orange or Osceola County high schools. Special consideration is given to students who have participated in one of the following Valencia College’s pre–collegiate programs:

Community Partnerships, Upward Bound, McKnight Achievers, POPS, Parramore Kids Zone (PKZ), or AVID. The scholarship will pay for in–state tuition and fees, plus $150 (summer) and $300 (Fall, Spring) per semester for required books and supplies after other financial aid is considered.

Initial Eligibility:

  • Apply and be accepted into the Bridges to Success program.
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that results are processed by the Bridges to Success program application deadline. Must be completed for Summer, and Fall aid years.
  • Meet standards of satisfactory academic progress for financial aid recipients.
  • Seek an AA or AS Degree Program.
  • Enroll in at least 7-8 credit hours during the first summer term (Term B) after high school.

Renewal Eligibility:

  • Scholarship is renewed if student remains in compliance with the BTS program guidelines.
  • Active participation in Bridges to Success activities and the recommendation of the Program Director will be required.
  • Completed/Processed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the financial aid deadline.
  • Enroll in at least 9 credit hours each term.
  • Maintain a 2.75 GPA.
  • Complete at least 75% of attempted courses.

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Valencia Grant
This grant is awarded by the Director of Financial Aid Services to provide direct educational expenses for students with unusual financial circumstances based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other documentation on file.

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