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. The Alumni Association offers more information about individual scholarships and downloadable application forms.

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.

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.

Alumni Two Plus Two Scholarship - INCOMING

This scholarship is funded by the Alumni Associations of Valencia College and University of Central Florida. This award is made each year to a single high school graduate selected from nominations made by each high school principal in Orange and Osceola counties. The recipient may receive up to $4,000 ($1,000 each year for 4 years.) in scholarship funds during the pursuit of an Associate’s degree at Valencia followed by a Bachelor’s degree at University of Central Florida.

Alumni Two Plus Two Scholarship - GRADUATING

This scholarship is funded by the Alumni Associations of Valencia College and University of Central Florida. This award is made each year to Valencia College students transferring to UCF. The recipients may receive up to $4,000 in scholarship funds during the pursuit of an Associate’s degree at Valencia followed by a Bachelor’s degree at University of Central Florida. A $2,000 check is given to the student in the spring, plus $1,000 goes into the student's account at the University of Central Florida each year for two years.

Valencia Student Government Association (SGA) and Leadership Scholarships

Campus leaders who participate in Student Government or serve on the Valencia Welcome Team may be considered for a scholarship. Visit the Student Government Office on your campus.

Valencia Foundation Scholarships

The Valencia Foundation offers privately funded scholarships to help students achieve their dreams of attaining a college education. Many students are working to build better lives for themselves and their families, and the foundation’s donors are committed to help make a difference for our students. While many donors prefer to award scholarships through their own application processes, some have asked Valencia’s scholarship committee to screen and select the recipients. You may apply for scholarships that the scholarship committee selects using a single foundation scholarship application. The foundation scholarship application can be found HERE.

Using this one form, you may also be selected as a candidate for scholarships that are chosen by our donors. Further information on specific scholarships may be found at valencia.org.

The scholarships awarded through the foundation are highly competitive. In fact, hundreds of applications are received each year but we encourage every student to take advantage of the opportunity to compete. The scholarship committee will give priority to criteria specific to each scholarship. Merit and financial need are very often priorities, but this is not always the case. Other criteria may include, but are not limited to, a major or course of study, residency in a certain county, graduation from a particular high school, or employment with a specific company. Our foundation application does not have a set submission deadline as we accept them throughout the academic year.

New scholarships are donated throughout the year and may also be available. For more information on the foundation and its scholarships, please contact the foundation at (407) 582–3154. You may also e–mail your questions to foundation@valenciacollege.edu.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

As of 2009-2010 - If you withdraw or drop a class anytime after the add drop period you must repay the Bright Futures funding received for that class.

This is a state scholarship awarded to Florida high school graduates who demonstrate high academic achievement. Awards are issued by the State of Florida directly to the eligible student and the amounts are based on statutory limits set by the state legislature and can be viewed at floridastudentfinancialaid.org. The program has three levels. You may receive only one of these:

  1. Florida Academic Scholars Award requires 3.0 cumulative GPA to renew; or
  2. Florida Medallion Scholarship requires 2.75 cumulative GPA to renew; or
  3. Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award requires 2.75 cumulative GPA to renew.

Renewal requirements varies depending on the number of credit hours funded. Each award level has different academic criteria for eligibility.

Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) Award Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) Award Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) Award
Minimum Cumulative GPA (unrounded and unweighted) 3.0 2.75 2.75
Minimum Hours required per Term IF Funded Full-Time (12+ Hours) 12 semester hours (earned)*
Minimum Hours required per Term IF Funded Three-Quarter-Time (9-11 Hours) 9 semester hours (earned)*
Minimum Hours required per Term IF Funded Half-Time (6-8 Hours) 6 semester hours (earned)*

* Or equivalent in quarter or clock hours.

http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/PDF/BFHandbookChapter3.pdf (see page 3)

The top–ranked scholar from each county will receive an additional award of up to $1,500. Applications and eligibility criteria are available from your high school’s guidance office or from the Florida Department of Education web site: floridastudentfinancialaid.org. Valencia receives electronic information about eligible Valencia scholars from the Florida Department of Education. You must designate Valencia as the school you plan to attend and must enroll for at least 6 hours of college–level coursework each term. Initial award amounts are estimated for purposes of Valencia’s financial aid award planning.

Actual payment depends upon the program regulations and the amount of tuition and fees assessed for the term. The scholarships will cover the designated amount of in–state college–level tuition and fees for up to 45 credit hours of coursework each year. Your financial aid award will reflect an estimate of the maximum amount that would be covered if you used all 45 credit hours in the year. Payment will be based on your actual tuition charges. Bright Futures awards are available for fall and spring terms only. For additional details about the Bright Futures program, the set amounts, and program regulations, visit floridastudentfinancialaid.org.

Bright Futures Frequently Asked Questions

Other Florida Scholarships offered by the Florida Department of Education

The Florida Department of Education offers a number of scholarships for Florida residents. Please consult the Florida Department of Education web site: floridastudentfinancialaid.org.

Outside Private Scholarships

Many clubs and organizations offer scholarships to college students. Students can obtain information about these awards from high school guidance offices, libraries, or from the Internet. For a list of free Internet scholarship search services visit our Scholarship Bulletin Board.

If you or your family are members of a social, civic, ethnic, religious, professional or service group, you should contact them. They often have educational assistance programs that are not advertised. Also, employers often have educational assistance plans for employees and/or dependents.