Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1011.85, Subsection 12, the Polk State College Foundation is required to notify donors that there may be a substantial delay in funding the Dr. Philip Benjamin matching program. For more information, please call Lynn Wilson, Director of Finance for the Polk State College Foundation, at 863-669-2898.
Many scholarship opportunities are available for students through the Polk State College Foundation, Inc. The Polk State College Foundation actively seeks private funding for endowed scholarships. These endowed scholarships often include special criteria established by the donor. The Polk State College Foundation Scholarship Committee selects applicants based on this stated criteria.
The Polk State College Foundation accepts applications for Foundation scholarships February 1 – March 15 of each year.
Applications will be reviewed and rated by an independent committee and notices will be e-mailed to all applicants no later than June 15 of the current year. Award certificates will be available for high school graduation ceremonies in May of the current year.
Polk State College Foundation scholarships will be available for use beginning in the Fall term of the current year, and subsequent terms until the scholarship is fully expended, expires or terminates pursuant to donor requirements.
Beginning February 1, students interested in applying for an endowed scholarship may do so via the link below. Applications are submitted online and can be completed between February 1 and March 15 of the current year.
Third Party Scholarship Opportunities
Throughout the academic year, the Foundation is made aware of other scholarship opportunities for our students. As those opportunities become available, we will post them on this webpage. These scholarships are awarded by entities not directly affiliated with the Polk State College Foundation and questions should be directed to the sponsoring organization.
Walter Dent and Alice Lorraine Brown Loans
The Polk State College Foundation also offers loans to qualified students through the Walter Dent and Alice Lorraine Brown Memorial Loan Fund. The qualifying criteria for this loan program is established by the donor and includes a required cumulative GPA of 3.5. For questions related to the Walter Dent and Alice Lorraine Brown loan program, please contact the Polk State College Foundation office at 863-297-1071.
The Relgalf Charitable Foundation Scholarship
The Relgalf Charitable Foundation Scholarship pays for four years of undergraduate matriculation at Polk State College towards a degree in the field of law enforcement. In addition, the Relgalf Scholarship pays for completion of the Kenneth C. Thompson Institute for Public Safety. Recipients must secure employment with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) immediately upon graduation or with another law enforcement office/department within the State of Florida (with a total force of 20 members or less). Recipients must maintain employment with the PCSO or another law enforcement office/department (as indicated above) for a minimum of three years. Recipients that fail to fulfill the employment requirements of this scholarship will be required to re-pay all scholarship funds on a pro-rated basis. For more information please contact Lynn Wilson at 863-669-2898.