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Third Party Scholarships

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 affiliated with the Polk State College Foundation and questions should be directed to the sponsoring organization.

ABWA-Impact Scholarship

The Lakeland Downtown Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is offering one scholarship worth $2,000 funded through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund to one deserving female student attending Polk State College or Southeastern University.  Scholarship applicants must be female citizens and residents of the United States, 18 years of age by July 31, 2020, earned or will earn a minimum of 18 credit hours by July 31, 2020, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and attend Polk State College or Southeastern University in August, 2020. Click Here for additional criteria and information. Deadline for application and letters of recommendation: May 30, 2020

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program

The Horatio Alger Association was established in 1947 and began awarding scholarships in 1984. Since the first scholarship award, the Association has awarded over $125 million in need-based aid to students who hope to pursue their American Dream.

The Association awards 510 scholarships up to $2,500 each, with a rolling deadline, until all scholarships have been awarded. Please click here for more information.

The Bailey Family Foundation Scholarships

The Bailey Family Foundation accepts applications for scholarships from January 1 through February 28 (2020 Scholarship flyer). Please click on link for further information and application instructions: .

The Michael Callin Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.

The Michael Callin Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in recognition and honor of DFC Michael A. Callin. Callin served as an Orange County Sheriff’s Office Motors Deputy, serving his community for seven years before being killed in the line of duty on August 2, 2006.

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to students and police academy recruits (non-sponsored) who exemplify the qualities of integrity and service to others that characterized Michael’s life.

Please click here for more information.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is for students planning on transferring to a four-year institution in the fall semester. To be eligible, students must achieve sophomore status the spring semester prior to transfer or be a recent graduate of Polk State College with a GPA of 3.5 or better. While the deadline varies each year, applications for the first phase of the application process are generally due in early November of each year.  More information can be found at the  Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.  Applications are submitted directly though the website.  The institutional contact at Polk State College is  Orathai Northern in the District Office of Academic and Student Services.

PEO Scholarship for Women – Women Helping Women Reach for the Stars

Local P.E.O. chapters may recommend female candidates for a P.E.O. Continuing Education Grant.  The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (P.C.E.) is intended to provide one-time need based grants to women to obtain a degree or the certification necessary for improving or gaining skills leading to employment.

The maximum grant is $3,000 and may be used for tuition, books, supplies, testing and graduation fees.  The grant is awarded to US citizens who are living and studying in the US and are enrolled in a degree-program of study; are within 24 months of completing a program of study and the conclusion of this program will lead to employment or job advancement and the woman has had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student in her adult life.

Application forms must be submitted no less than 10 weeks prior to the start date of the term for which the grant is requested; however, it cannot be accepted more than four months in advance of start date of the term.

To receive application submission information, please call 863.258.9232 and leave your name and phone number.

Click Here for additional criteria and information.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa offers members opportunities to apply for over $87 million in scholarships opportunities from Phi Theta Kappa, partnering senior colleges, universities and foundations – a benefit unmatched by other honor societies.

If you are a member of Phi Theta Kappa, you are eligible for the Hites Transfer Scholarship or the Guistwhite Scholarship. For more information and to apply, please  click on this link and click on the dollar sign:

Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections

In 2020, the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections will award three $1,200 Scholarships to majors in Political Science, Public or Business Administration and Journalism/Mass Communication. The application and guidelines can be found here, and the deadline for submission is Friday, February 28, 2020. Completed applications and letters of recommendation should be mailed directly to Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections at PO Box 1460, Bartow, FL  33831.

Women in Science Environmental Scholarship

Dronethusiast is offering a $500 Global Drone Scholarship for women in high school or college. This scholarship is not limited to those residents of the United States. The deadline is December 1 of each year. For more information, visit