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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.

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:

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 PEO chapters may recommend female candidates for the PEO International Scholarship. To receive an application and more information, please contact 863.294.6290.

Military Officers Association of America – Cape Canaveral Chapter

Since 1984, The Cape Canaveral Chapter of The Military Officers Association of America has awarded Scholarship grants to descendants and wards of active duty or retired members of the Uniformed Services of the United States (includes Regular, National Guard or Reserve enlisted and officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, NOAA or USPHS). The quantity and value of the scholarships vary from year to year.

The Scholarship Selection Committee accepts applications starting on 1 January of each year. The deadline for submission of applications is 15 June.

Please see the scholarship eligibility criteria for more information.

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

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 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.

The Garden Club of Lakeland, Inc.

The Garden Club of Lakeland, Inc. will award a scholarship to a currently enrolled student who is pursuing a career in a field related to horticulture/agriculture and is not eligible for graduation in the current graduating class. Applicants should complete the application and 500 word essay and return it to the Foundation offices by February 15, 2018. Please click here for more information on this opportunity.

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation 

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation is offering scholarship aid to two different groups of students to attend colleges in Florida starting the Fall Semester of 2018:

1) To students with disabilities who attend/will attend one of the twelve (12) State universities.  APPLICATION DEADLINE:  MARCH 1st.
2) To the CHILDREN of UPS employees or retirees who live in Florida.  APPLICATION DEADLINE:  APRIL 1st.


The Brooks Law Group Scholarship

The Brooks Law Group is offering a Spring 2018 Scholarship. The Brooks Law Group encourages students to participate and learn more about their community and think about concepts that affect their everyday life. Two scholarships will be awarded; 1st Place – $1,000 and 2nd Place – $250, based on submitted application and essay.

Application Deadline: May 1st, 2018

For more information regarding the scholarship criteria and rules, please visit:

Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections Scholarship

Polk County Supervisor of Elections, Lori Edwards, announced that Florida residents may apply for one of three $1,200 scholarships to be awarded by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, (FSASE), to Florida college students in 2018.  Applicants must be:  Registered to vote in the State of Florida;  Enrolled as a full-time student in a senior college or university in Florida;  Majoring in political science, public or business administration, or journalism/mass communications.  Applicants must also possess at least a “C” average for the previous year, demonstrate financial need, and be available for an interview in the county where they are registered to vote.  Interested students should contact the Supervisor of Elections in their county of residence to request an application packet.  Polk County residents may contact Lori Edwards at 863-534-5888, or by email at  Additional information is available at FSASE’s website,   Application Deadline is March 29, 2018.  Must include two letters of recommendation.

The Healthline and NORD Stronger Scholarship

Healthline teamed with the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD) to reignite The Stronger Scholarship program! Awarding four $5,000 scholarships to students committed to helping those living with rare and chronic disease.   Funds will be distributed August 2018.  Application period:  March 1 – May 1, 2018.  To apply, click here: Healthline.

The Bailey Family Foundation Scholarships

The Bailey Family Foundation accepts applications for scholarships from January 1 through February 1 annually. Please click on link for further information and application instructions: .