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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.

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

The Segal Education Award

Become an AmeriCorps member and tutor for Polk Reads! As a member you will:

*Earn a Living Allowance to help with expenses

*Earn the Segal Education Award to help pay for college courses or pay off student loans

*Become part of a team working to increase literacy

Applications are now being accepted for the AmeriCorps Polk Reads program.  This is a grant funded program under the Polk Education Foundation that has members helping kindergarten-third grade students become better readers.  Looking to hire 30+ members (full-time or half-time) to start training in August. Members will be placed at one of 10 select elementary schools.

For more information about National Service and being an AmeriCorps member, click here:  If interested in becoming a member of our Corps for the 2018-19 school year, contact Steve Chapman at, or, call 863-519-8637.

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:

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

Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections Scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted for the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections Scholarship. Applicants must be a Political Science/Public or Business Administration or Journalism/Mass Communication major, a citizen of the United States, resident of Florida for two years, enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in a senior college or university in Florida. Click here for additional criteria and information. Deadline for application and letters of recommendation: March 29, 2019

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, 2019, earned or will earn a minimum of 18 credit hours by July 31, 2019, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and attend Polk State College or Southeastern University in August, 2019. Click Here for additional criteria and information. Deadline for application and letters of recommendation: May 15, 2019