Grants & Scholarships
Applications for scholarships for the school year 2023-24 will open in the spring. Please check back in February.
In 2022, the Community Foundation awarded over $1.27 million dollars in scholarships to 127 students in Palm Beach and Martin Counties! We offer both need and merit based scholarships. When filling out our general scholarship application, you will automatically be considered for over 110 scholarships.
- 2.5+ GPA
- Graduating high school senior or current undergraduate student from Palm Beach or Martin County
- Demonstrate financial need and/or academic achievement
- Incoming or enrolled full-time student at a college, university, or vocational/trade school
To apply you’ll need:
- Unofficial Academic Transcript
- Completion of 3 Short Essay Prompts
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Parent or Guardian’s Tax Return
- FAFSA Student Aid Report
*Selected students will be invited to participate in our interview process. An invitation to interview is not an indication of receiving an award.
**Undocumented students welcome to apply.
Education Goals: Describe your education goals in detail. What do you plan to study in college? What led you to choosing this course of study? What do you hope to accomplish while you are in school? (250-600 words)
Career Goals: Describe your career goals in detail. Do you have a specific job or field you know you want to work in? What kind of work are you passionate about? How do you think your work will contribute to our community, our country, or our world? (250-600 words)
Unusual Circumstances: Tell us more about you. What makes you unique? What obstacles have you and/or your family overcome? What motivates you to pursue your education? (250-600 words)
Hear from our scholarship recipients:
"This scholarship is a tremendous help. My experience working at Publix during a pandemic while trying to finish high school was tough at first. We've never had an experience like this, but the support and recognition that the Class of 2020 and frontline employees have received is heartwarming and makes it all worth it. Thank you to your amazing foundation!"
Shanice, a 2020 recipient from Jupiter High School will be majoring in Biology at the University of Central Florida.
"While graduating from high school during these unprecedented times has had both its highs and lows, I am especially thankful for this scholarship because it will help me throughout my four years of college to limit my student debt. This will allow me to focus on my academics at Florida College as I learn more about marketing and finance in order to succeed in my future career."
Paige, a 2020 recipient from Seminole Ridge High School will be majoring in Marketing at Florida College.
"I’m so appreciative of scholarship donors at the Community Foundation. In spring 2019, I’ll graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree in health and human services; Master’s Degree in gerontology. I’ve also been accepted to medical school, which I plan to begin next fall. Through this scholarship, my dream of becoming a physician has been made more possible.”
Jacqueline, Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts
Non-Community Foundation Scholarship Resources:
NEVER pay an agent to search scholarships for you. They don’t have any secret databases. Students should focus less on searching for scholarships and more on pursuing the right major at the right university at the right price point. Starting at the local state college while working is an excellent way to save money and gain work experience. The best source for scholarships is the university itself.
To help you find even more tuition support we have listed links for you to explore scholarships not managed by the Community Foundation.
- GoingMerry A one-stop financial aid application platform. Students answer 12 questions and then apply directly to the federal aid, state aid, and private scholarships that we match them to.
- Tuition Funding Sources Sponsored by Wells Fargo, this site provides access to over 7 million scholarships.
- Scholarships available through the State of Florida Many scholarships are available through the state beyond Bright Futures.
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships Up to $55,000/yr. Need based, high achieving. Funds students from middle school through university, even transfers from community college to 4 year.
- National Scholarship Search Tool Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, searches 8,000+ scholarships.
- Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship $35,000 over 4 years for minority seniors with financial need and community service/
- George Snow Scholarship Fund Open to PBC high school seniors with financial need. No minimum GPA or test score.
Understand the requirements for the Florida Bright Futures scholarship. The Medallion Scholars grant pays 75% of tuition and fees and requires a 25 ACT or 1210 SAT, 75 hours of community service or work (not combined; one or the other), and a GPA of 3.0. The Academic Scholars pays 100% of tuition and fees and requires a 29 ACT or 1330 SAT, 100 hours of community service or work (not combined; one or the other), and a GPA of 3.5. The courses that count toward the GPA are 4 years of English, 4 years of Math, 3 years of Natural Science, 3 years of Social Science and 2 sequential years of the same World Language.
The major matters!
Check your prospective major here to see what percentage of graduates in that major are underemployed (working in a job that does not require a degree like a barista) or unemployed. Check here to see what jobs most graduates in a field are actually doing. 20% of college graduates aged 25-34 earn as much or even less than a high school graduate, even before considering student loan debt. Don’t let that be you! Choose your major wisely for greatest return on investment.
Input your prospective career here: https://www.zippia.com/ and https://www.indeed.com/ to see what preparation is desirable and the kinds of jobs available. In many fields, a small percentage are employed full-time and mostly as waiters and retail clerks, which is not what you are going to university to do.
https://www.jobsearchintelligence.com/etc/collegebuddy.php A website with an abundance of excellent information.
Check the University of Florida student outcomes here just to see the average salary of a UF graduate in that major: https://career.ufl.edu/gain-experience/student-outcomes/
ALSO for financial planning purposes, please take a look at this site https://www.edmit.me/ and https://tuitionfit.org/how-it-works/ These sites can give you an idea of how much you will wind up paying in different universities.
Are you borrowing money? How a student loan can balloon to far more than you expected:
Student loans 101: What you need to know: Top 10 things you should know about borrowing student loans.
Student Loan Calculator: Know how much your payments will be.
You cannot over-prepare for the SAT/ACT. Use Palm Beach County Library's free and excellent site http://www.pbclibrary.org/research to practice the tests and get tips for improving. Scroll to Education. Choose Learning Express. Input your library card number or get one immediately (it’s free!) and type the name of the test (ACT or SAT). Practice, practice, practice! It may lead to a great deal of merit aid.
Guide to College Costs and Loans:
The Wall Street Journal published a superb guide to college costs and loans (and much more) available online at: https://s.wsj.net/public/resources/documents/the-wsj-guide-to-student-loans.pdf
Please contact Carolyn Kost, Scholarship Program Manager, at email@example.com or (561) 340-4513 if you would like us to speak with your students.