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.
Valencia Honors Program
The Seneff Honors College offers scholarship opportunities to students seeking an honors graduation distinction. Initial scholarship eligibility criteria for current offerings is provided at the time of admittance.
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 Financial Aid Services for final approval and awarding. Prior to receiving funding, recipients must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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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.
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Valencia Engaging for Completion Through Opportunities in Research
Valencia Engaging for Completion Through Opportunities in Research (VECTOR) is an S-STEM project supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the intent to provide students pursuing a STEM education with scholarships, support from discipline-specific faculty mentors, the VECTOR team, and Valencia College academic resources. In addition, this project provides VECTOR scholars with immersive research experiences at Valencia College leading to an Undergraduate Research Graduation Distinction, networking opportunities, and preparation for transfer to a four-year institution.
Bridges to Success
The Bridges to Success award is provided to students who participate in the Bridges to Success Program. The Bridges to Success Program is available to students who may have factors which impact their ability to attend college, high school graduates from Orange or Osceola County are encouraged to apply. Special consideration is given to students who have participated in one of the following Valencia College Pre–Collegiate Programs:
Upward Bound, McKnight Achievers, POPS, Parramore Kids Zone (PKZ), or AVID. The award 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.
- 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.
- Award is renewed if student remains in compliance with the BTS program guidelines.
- Active engagement in Bridges to Success program activities/events.
- 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 term GPA.
- Complete at least 75% of attempted courses.
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.
The Mayor Richard T. Crotty Transfer Scholarship is funded by the Alumni Associations of Valencia College and the University of Central Florida. This award is made each year by the Valencia Alumni Association Advisory Board. For more information, please visit www.valencia.org/scholarships.
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 Valencia’s students. The Foundation Scholarship Application and information on specific scholarships may be found at www.valencia.org/scholarships or through your Atlas account. Using the application form, students will be considered for hundreds of scholarships based on this single application.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
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.
Applications and eligibility criteria are available from your high school guidance office or from the Florida Department of Education Web site: www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org. Valencia receives electronic information about eligible Bright Futures scholars from the Florida Department of Education. You must designate Valencia College as the school you plan to attend by visiting www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org or call 1-888-827-2004.
To be eligible, you must enroll for at least six credits of college-level course work each term. You must be classified as a Florida resident and be a degree-seeking student. You must be a U.S Citizen or eligible non-citizen. 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 program has four levels. Each award level has different academic criteria for eligibility. Your financial aid award will reflect an estimate of the maximum amount that would be covered if you increased enrollment in the year. Actual payment will be based on your Bright Future Scholarship award and enrollment.
You may receive only one award:
Florida Academic Scholars Award
Pays 100% of tuition and specified fees plus a $300 book voucher for Fall and Spring terms. The Florida Academic Scholars Award also pays 100% of tuition and specified fees for Summer term following your first year in college. Students are not eligible for the $300 book voucher during Summer. Award requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative college-level grade point average to renew; or
Florida Medallion Scholarship
Beginning in 2018-19, the Florida Medallion Scholarship will cover 75% of tuition and specified fees. The scholarship will also be available to students during the Summer term beginning Summer 2019. The award requires a minimum 2.75 cumulative college-level grade point average to renew; or
Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award*
Pays up to $48 per credit hour for students in a vocational program (AS degree or Technical Certificate). Award requires a minimum 2.75 cumulative college-level grade point average to renew; or
Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholarship
Pays up to $48 per credit hour of a career education or certificate program (AS degree or Technical Certificate) tuition for lower division courses. Award is similar to Florida Gold Seal Vocational but requires the student to have completed CAPE industry certifications and service hours to qualify.
*Students who graduate high school in 2012-2013 and later, who are eligible for Gold Seal Vocational cannot receive funding when they are enrolled in an Associate of Arts or Baccalaureate degree program.
Renewal criteria must be met each academic year. Failure to meet the renewal criteria will result in the loss of your Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. For first year students, summer grades and hours earned after spring evaluation may be used if necessary to meet the scholarship renewal requirements of GPA. A student must ask the Financial Aid Office to submit a grade and hours update to the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) indicating the adjusted cumulative GPA and/or hours.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Renewal Requirements
As of 2009-2010, if you withdraw from any course(s) that were paid for by a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, you are responsible for repaying the amount paid by the scholarship for those course(s). If you do not repay for Bright Futures funded classes dropped or withdrawn by the end of the current academic year, you will not be eligible for renewal or funding for the subsequent academic year.
To continue to receive Bright Futures awards, students must meet minimum requirements for credit hours earned. Full-time students must earn 24 semester credit hours in the fall and spring terms. The requirements are prorated for three-quarter-time and part-time students.
Florida Academic Scholars
|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.
Scholarship Appeal Process
If a student does not meet annual renewal requirements, they do have the option of appealing in cases of a verifiable illness or circumstances beyond the student’s control. The student must provide an explanation along with documentation related to the mitigating circumstances for the term(s) in question.
An appeal must be filed within 30 days of the date of the ineligibility notice sent to the student or by the institution’s deadline which is April 30th of the year following the loss of eligibility. Please contact the Financial Aid office on your campus for more information.
For additional details about the Bright Futures program and program regulations, visit www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org.
For additional questions regarding Bright Futures Program, visit our Bright Futures Frequent Asked Questions Page.
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.