Foundation has scholarships for seniors heading to college
Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 4:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 4:06 p.m.
Eligible high school seniors in Alachua County Public Schools have an opportunity to be considered for more than 60 scholarships ranging from $600 to $4,000 through the Alachua County Public Schools Foundation Inc.
What: Apply now for college scholarships administered and sponsored by the Alachua County Public Schools Foundation.
When: Deadline is Feb. 22; awards ceremony is May 17.
Where: Alachua County Public Schools.
Information: For a detailed brochure, visit your school guidance counselors, call 352-955-7003 or check out www.acpsf.org.
But hurry, because the application deadline is Feb. 22.
There are two types of scholarships — those administered by the foundation and those the foundation will sponsor. However, foundation scholarships are not known as this time because the number and award amounts depend on the money that will be raised by the foundation.
"Seniors need to look ahead and make their applications now," said Rick Mulligan, executive director of the Alachua County Public Schools Foundation. He said students need only to submit one application to be considered for the scholarships.
Nikki Wagner, program coordinator at the foundation, said some of the scholarships are career specific, ethnic background specific, high school specific, need based, and so on.
For scholarships that are high school specific, Wagner said applications are considered based on the school and not where the student resides. "We go by where they graduate and not where they live," said Wagner, adding that last year, 250 applications were received and 91 scholarships valued at $360,000 were awarded.
Application requirements include receiving a high school diploma from an Alachua County school, having a minimum 2.0 GPA, submitting an application to an accredited college or vocation program, showing demonstrated potential in a selected program of study, writing an essay of 500 words or less and completing an application.
Alachua County students interested can download an application at www.acpsf.org and submit it in a number of ways, including by fax at 352-955-7240 and by mail at ACPSF, 1725 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32641. Applications also can be obtained from school guidance counselors.
Below is a list of the scholarships that will be administered by the foundation:
Advertising Federation of Gainesville: $1,450 to a student planning a career in graphic design, journalism, communications, advertising or public relations at Santa Fe College.
Alachua Business League: $2,000 for Santa Fe High School students planning to attend Santa Fe College full-time.
Alachua County Counseling Association: $600; student must write an essay about a counselor or a counseling program.
Alachua County Retired Educators Association: $600 for a student planning a teaching career.
Alachua Woman's Club: $600 for a female graduate of Santa Fe High School who will attend SF College.
Dr. Dan Boyd Rotary Club of Gainesville: $2,000 for Gainesville High School student planing to attend SF College.
Cox Communications: $600 for Newberry High School and another county student planning a career in broadcasting, videography, film or broadcast journalism.
Joseph Domenech Memorial: $600 for GHS cross-country/track team members.
Carol French Doughty Memorial: $4,000 for a GHS student planning a teaching career and who will attend SF College; need-based.
John Dukes Jr. Memorial: $1,000.
Environmental Consulting and Technology: $1,000 for aspiring engineers, environmental techs and scientists. Dorothy Williams Cooper: $600.
Barbara Finlayson Memorial Scholarship: For students in the Eastside High School Institute of Culinary Arts.
Dawn M. Flanegan Memorial: $1,000 each for two former Hidden Oak students.
Alachua County Florida A&M University Alumni Association: $1,000 for an African-American student; need-based.
Gainesville Charitable Foundation Scholarship: The 14th Masonic District will award seven $1,000 scholarships to SF College to a hardworking student from each high school in the district.
GRU: $1,000 scholarships and paid internship to two first-generation college students planning a career in engineering, who are either enrolled at the University of Florida engineering school or at Santa Fe College and will transfer to UF. Selected students also will receive a paid internship.
Barbara Gans Gallant Memorial: $600 for a GHS student with at least a 2.5 GPA who is politically involved.
Dr. Leonard Jackson Memorial: $2,000 to a student attending SF College; need-based.
Katie's Foundation: A $1,000 and a $4,000 SF College sholarship to Buchholz High School students only.
Kiwanis Club of the University City: $600 to Key Club members at Buchholz and Eastside.
The Gainesville Chapter of the Links: $600 to a high-achieving African-American student; need-based.
Lenton & Marie Herring: $1,000 to a deserving student.
Superintendent Magann Trust: $600 to a student planning a career in education; need-based.
Dr. Dan McKinnon Memorial: $2,000 to a Professional Academies at Loften High School student who plans to enroll in the SF College career-technical education program.
Minority Teacher Education Scholarship: For a student planning to teach in Alachua County after graduation. The scholarship package is valued at $11,800. For more information, visit www.ffmt.org or call 352-955-7003.
Newberry High School Criminal Justice: $2,000 to a Newberry High crimninal justice student who will attend SF College.
Mary Edna Monahan Lutgen Memorial: $600.
Peggy McLaughlin Memorial: $2,000 to former Glen Springs Elementary School students.
Martha L. Niess Memorial: $1,000.
Greg Schol Memorial Cross Country/Track: $600 to a Buchholz cross-country/track team member with leadership qualities.
Fred Sivia & Beverly Cannon Memorial: $2,000 to a GHS student who will attend SF College.
Sylvan Learning Center: $600 to a student who has made an academic turnaround.
Martha Stark Memorial: $4,000 to a GHS band member.
Douglas Tanner Memorial Service-Above-Self: $1,000 to a student who has exemplified "Service Above Self;" need-based.
Tommy Tomlinson Trust: $1,000 each to five students; need-based.
Ellen West: $600 to a Loften High School student.
William Woodruff Creative Writing: $600 to an AP English student who is an aspiring writer; short story required; for more information, visit www.williamwoodruff.com.
Wagner said the scholarship committee will meet on March 17 and decision letters will go out in early to mid-April. A scholarship awards ceremony will be held May 17, with the location to be determined.
Wagner encourages students to apply, so they can be considered.
"You're not going to get a scholarship if you don't apply," Wagner said.