Scholarship Information

If you are not eligible for the grants that are based on financial need, or if you would like to receive more than one type of aid, scholarships might be the solution for you. Finding scholarships and grants to help you pay for school can be a time consuming project. However, it is time well invested when you are able to obtain aid to help fund your education.

In addition to receiving federal and state grants, students are still eligible to receive scholarships. It does require a little time and effort on the student’s part but the reward is well worth it. Students are not required to pursue scholarships independently, but we encourage applicants to invest the time in acquiring additional sources of financial aid. You can do general searches from your browser’s address bar, or you can use search engines like Google, Yahoo or Ask.com. We do not recommend any site in particular… Feel free to browse around. You will find plenty of scholarship information online!

Students can also search the internet for industry based scholarships and additional grants. Examples are a tool manufacturer offering scholarships for automotive students, or cosmetology students receiving grants from hair product manufacturers. Don’t forget to check out your local community resources. Sometime scholarships are offered to members of the community by local clubs, businesses, private organizations, etc.

This information is provided as a reference tool for students to locate additional resources in their community & online. The agencies’ sites listed are not directly associated with First Coast Technical College in any way and do not have any connection to the grants we administer at our campus. Any and all communications, contracts, and / or agreements are private transactions between the student and the agency. FCTC is not involved in any way.

HORATIO ALGER ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Association will award up to 1020 scholarships in 2017 with a maximum award amount of $2,500 to students in eligible CTE (career or technical education) programs in a post-secondary environment.

Scholarship criteria include:

  • high school completion by Spring of 2017
  • enrolled in a CTE degree/certificate program in Fall 2017 which will lead to employment
  • attend a not-for-profit post-secondary school
  • demonstrate financial need; applicants must be Pell eligible
  • Under the age of 30, and
  • United States citizenship.

The application for the CTE Scholarship is open with a priority deadline of June 15. To learn more about the CTE scholarship or to apply online, students should visit scholars.horatioalger.org.

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Altrusa Club Scholarship for Women in Transition: Female; US Citizen; live in St. Johns County for at least one year; have diploma/GED; be a full time student & completed at least one year of postsecondary study; disclose other sources of aid; provide reference letters; deadline December 10th – Altrusa Scholarship Application.

FCTC Career Navigator Program: Offers assistance to eligible students (up to age 24) for tuition, books, supplies, uniforms & more.

ONLINE SCHOLARSHIPS

PROGRAM SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS

AUTOMOTIVE

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA): SEMA distributes more then $100,000.00 annually to students seeking a career in the Automotive Industry. Roughly 50% of all applicants receive at least $1,000.00 in award money. Since 1984, SEMA gave over $1 million to more than 700 students. www.sema.org/scholarships

NURSING

NURSING – US Dept of Health & Human Services, Bureau of Health Professionals:

WELDING

American Welding Society – The future of the welding industry depends upon preparing the next generation to meet the challenges ahead through education. The Foundation offers educational programs to foster the growth, stature and professionalism of the welding industry: http://www.aws.org/w/a/foundation/index.html?id=8U26maJc

Here is a helpful newsletter from the State of Florida on scholarships: http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/FFELP/pdf/nyff_092109_newsletter.pdf

SCAMS

NOTE: Be aware that there is the potential for Scholarship Scams!

Common warning signs:

  • You have to pay a fee
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Credit card/bank account information required
  • Offers exclusive information

Types of scams:

  • Phony scholarship – promises cash if you pay a registration fee
  • Phony scholarship matching service – pay a fee and they guarantee you will win awards
  • Phony educational loan – pay a fee and receive a low interest rate
  • Phony financial aid seminar – a high pressure, poorly concealed sales pitch