County Helps Students Achieve Education Goals
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2018) - Achieving a higher education is an important life goal for young people and their families. Hillsborough County Social Services has partnered with the Community Action Board to offer scholarships for up to $5,000 to eligible students wishing to continue their education by attending an institution of higher learning.
Scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be accepted through Friday, March 30, 2018. Recipients will be notified in writing prior to the start of the fall semester. Applicants who meet the following eligibility requirements may be awarded a scholarship:
- Be between the ages of 16 and 24, and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent (16-year-olds may apply if they are graduating seniors)
- Reside in Hillsborough County
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Household income must fall within 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
The following criteria will also be used to evaluate applicants:
- Community service and school involvement
- Application and letters of recommendation
- Academic record (Transcript)
- Essay response
- Panel interview participation
Application materials can be downloaded on the Scholarship Application page on the County website. Detailed instructions on how to apply can also be found on the page. Students may submit completed applications online, via mail, or deliver applications in person to any County Community Resource Center. Mailed applications can be sent to P.O. Box 1110, Department of Social Services 24th Floor, Attention Marie Theodore, Tampa, FL 33601.
In 2017, 83 scholarships totaling $352,500 and in 2016, 52 scholarships totaling $260,000, were awarded to Hillsborough County students through Hillsborough County Social Services.