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Each year, Florida Southern offers $20 million+ in college aid on the basis of academic merit, talent in athletics or fine arts, leadership, community service, student need, and other factors.

Prestige Scholarships

You have distinguished yourself through academic and personal achievement. You have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and taken your first steps on the path to success. Florida Southern invites you to explore the continuation of that journey by becoming a Prestige Scholar.

These merit-based scholarships are awarded to students who have shown exemplary academic and leadership skills. These awards provide full tuition and fees. For consideration, students must have exceptional achievement on the SAT or ACT and in their high school curriculum.

Bernie Little and Mary Hunt

Hollingsworth Scholarship

Full tuition and fees, room and board, and funds for travel

Funded through the generosity of Bernie Little, Jr., ’90 and his wife, Mary Jane Hunt, the Hollingsworth Scholars Program is Florida Southern’s premier scholarship program and is available exclusively to students whose academic accomplishments demonstrate superior intellect, unwavering character, and robust ambition.

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C.V. McClurg

C.V. McClurg Scholarship

Full tuition and fees

Funded by the McClurg family, the C.V. McClurg Scholarship recognizes the exceptional academic merit of six students annually and covers full tuition and fees for four years of study.

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George Jenkins Scholarship

George Jenkins Scholarship

Full tuition and fees, room and board, stipend, and funds for books and supplies

The George W. Jenkins Scholarships are intended to allow deserving students to complete a four-year college education without substantial economic hardship for themselves or their families. They are named for, and funded by, the founder of Publix Super Markets, Inc.

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Weinstein Scholarhip

Marcus and Carole Weinstein Israeli Scholarship

Full tuition and fees, room and board, and funds for books, supplies, and annual travel

Awarded to students who are citizens of Israel, the Weinstein Scholarship covers full tuition and fees, room and board, and funds for books and supplies for up to four years of study at Florida Southern.

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Merit Scholarships

Named for long-time college benefactors, these merit-based awards provide the most dedicated and talented students the opportunity to study at one of the nation’s best private colleges.

Henry and Annie Merner
Pfeiffer Scholarship

From $9,500 to $15,500 per year

Highly successful Midwestern business entrepreneur Henry Pfeiffer, Jr. was the founder of the Pfeiffer Chemical Company. Additionally, Mr. Pfeiffer went on to gain control of two corporations, the William R. Warner and Company and Richard Hudnut Cosmetics Company, which would later be known as Warner-Lambert Corporation. He and his wife, Annie Merner Pfeiffer, had no children and instead directed their time and resources to philanthropic enterprises, especially at Methodist-related colleges. The Pfeiffers were the first major donors to the construction of our Frank Lloyd Wright’s campus in 1938. In 1941, Florida Southern awarded Mrs. Pfeiffer an honorary doctorate and dedicated the newly completed campus Chapel in honor of her philanthropy. The Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel became the cornerstone of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed campus at Florida Southern College.


Lucius P. Ordway Scholarship

From $7,000 to $11,000 per year

Minnesota businessman Lucius P. Ordway purchased a struggling company named the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company and, through keen business acumen and exemplary leadership, stewarded the company to profitability and a trajectory that would skyrocket 3M into the international corporation that it is today, providing innovative new products for our world.

E. T. Roux Scholarship

Up to $7,000 per year

Edwin T. Roux distinguished himself throughout Florida as an exemplary entrepreneur and business leader. Mr. Roux’s enterprises included banks, railroads, multiple lumber companies, and real estate ventures statewide. He was elected to the Florida Southern College Board of Trustees in 1918 and served until 1946. Following the devastating fire of 1921 that destroyed the College at its location in Sutherland, Florida, Mr. Roux provided temporary space for student housing and classrooms at his Clearwater Beach Hotel.

William H. Danforth Scholarship

From $8,000 to $13,000 per year

William H. Danforth is known worldwide as the pioneer of a new industry and founder of the Ralston Purina Company. He was an exemplar of corporate leadership who generously shared his talents as a director on the boards of numerous national corporations. Despite enormous business success, it was his work with and for American youth that was the source of his greatest satisfaction. Author of the book I Dare You!, Mr. Ralston postulated that four key components in life need to be in balance. He illustrated theses components, physical, mental, social, and religious, in a four-square checker board pattern. To be healthy, it was necessary for the four squares to stay in balance, with one area not to develop at the expense of another. This concept became intertwined with the company in 1921 with the introduction of the sale of feed pressed into cubes called “checkers” and is seen today in the familiar Ralston Purina checker board logo. Through his Danforth Foundation, 24 Danforth Chapels were constructed on college campuses around the United States, including Florida Southern College, and in Japan.

Thad M. Buckner Scholarship

From $6,500 to $10,000 per year

Thad M. Buckner was a distinguished Florida businessman who established the first Coca Cola Bottling Company in Miami in 1907. Mr. Buckner served 19 years as the president of the Florida Coca Cola Bottling Company, expanding its holdings from one bottling plant in Jacksonville to 14 plants statewide. Mr. Buckner and his wife, Loca Lee Buckner, College Trustee, were lifelong supporters of Florida Southern College. Upon Mrs. Buckner’s death in 1966, her bequest to Florida Southern was at that time the largest gift ever made to higher education in the state of Florida. In tribute to the Buckner’s lifelong commitment and generosity to Florida Southern College, the former Roux Library was renamed the Thad M. Buckner Building and the College Theatre was named the Loca Lee Buckner Theatre.

Emile E. Watson Scholarship

From $7,500 to $12,000 per year

One of the nation’s foremost actuaries, Emile Watson, was a pioneer in the field of workman’s compensation and unemployment compensation insurance and internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in insurance statistics. In the addition to his insurance career, Mr. Watson was the author of extensive patriotic writings designed to educate Americans on his profession and the enormous power of education and faith. Emile Watson was awarded a citation for distinguished service in advancing education in the United States by Florida Southern College President Dr. Ludd M. Spivey at the dedication of the new Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Administration Building and additionally honored by the naming of its west building the Emile E. Watson Administration Building.

Edna Mae Pearce Lockett Scholarship

From $5,500 to $9,000 per year

The descendent of the first settlers along the Kissimmee River Ridge in the early 1800s, Edna Mae Pearce Lockett was a pioneer in her own right. A 1934 graduate of Florida Southern College, she was only the third woman in Florida history to be elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where she served her Highlands County constituents from 1949 to 1954. A 1998 inductee into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame, she managed the large family cattle ranch started by her grandfather and was an active member of the Highlands County and Florida Cattlemen’s Association. Besides her presidency of the Florida Southern College Alumni Association, Mrs. Lockett served her alma mater as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees. In 1980, she was selected as the College’s 46th Honorary Chancellor. As part of the College’s Centennial celebration in 1985, Mrs. Lockett donated the bell tower and carillon in the center of campus as well as the Garden of the Presidents in honor of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Sidney Pearce. Mrs. Lockett’s mother, Mellie Virginia Hollingsworth Pearce, was a cousin of Florida Southern College’s first president, Joshua Hollingsworth.

You will be considered automatically for these scholarships when you apply for admission.

Departmental Scholarships

We award departmental scholarships to students pursuing certain academic programs—including business, nursing, music, English, and education.

Art

Studio Art and Design

Art Scholarships

Various amounts

Awards based upon portfolio or audition. For information, contact the Office of Admissions at 800.274.4131.


Biology

Biology

The Chesley G. Magruder Foundation Scholarship in Science

Various amounts

Established in 1979, the Chesley G. Magruder Foundation gives primarily to education and human services, and to Christian agencies and churches.  Since 2005, the Magruder Foundation Scholarship in Science  at Florida Southern College provides support for biology majors in good academic standing interested in pursuing a medical degree.  For information, contact the Office of Admissions at 800.274.4131.


Accounting

Business

The Gettys P. and Alice D. Alderman Scholarship

Various amounts

Established by native Floridian Gettys P. Alderman and his wife Alice, both longtime Lakeland residents and members of the College Heights United Methodist Church who believed deeply in the value of higher education, this scholarship provides support for promising students with financial need to pursue degrees in Accounting or Citrus at Florida Southern College.

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Citrus

Citrus

The Gettys P. and Alice D. Alderman Scholarship

Various amounts

Established by native Floridian Gettys P. Alderman and his wife Alice, both longtime Lakeland residents and members of the College Heights United Methodist Church who believed deeply in the value of higher education, this scholarship provides support for promising students with financial need to pursue degrees in Accounting or Citrus at Florida Southern College.

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Education

Education

Hollis Fellows in Education

$7,500, plus $500 for textbooks

As parents of a Florida Southern graduate, Mark and Lynn Hollis established the Hollis Fellows in Education Program to provide scholarships to education majors who plan to pursue teaching careers.

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English

English

English Scholarships

Various amounts

Awards based upon a review of academic achievement. For information, contact the Office of Admissions at 800.274.4131.


Horticulture

Horticulture Scholarships

Horticulture

Various amounts

Awards based upon a review of academic achievement. For information, contact the Office of Admissions at 800.274.4131.


Music

Music

Music Awards

Various amounts

Music Scholarships are awarded based upon skill level and area of concentration. Additionally, Florida Southern College awards $500 per year to members of an ensemble: band, chorale, orchestra (strings). Auditions required. For information, contact the contact the Office of Admissions at 800.274.4131.

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Nursing

Nursing

Nina B. Hollis Nursing Scholarships

Various amounts

Trustee Marjorie Hollis Roberts and her husband, Hal Roberts, established the Nina B. Hollis Endowed Nursing Scholarship in memory of Marjorie’s mother, a staunch supporter of education and health.

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Religion

Religion

Religion Scholarships

See Church and Faith-based Scholarships below  


Theatre

Theatre

Theatre Scholarships

Various amounts

Awards based upon portfolio or audition. For information, contact the Office of Admissions at 800.274.4131.

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Special Interest Scholarships

Beulah Kahler Scholarship

Various amounts   Since 1998, the Beulah Kahler College Trust has been supporting selected students at colleges and universities in Ohio, Texas, New Hampshire, and Florida, states in which Mrs. Kahler and her husband Harry A. Kahler resided throughout their lifetimes. The Beulah Kahler Scholarships are awarded to financially deserving students of exceptional promise who are majoring in liberal arts disciplines.

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship

$1,000 awarded to valedictorians and salutatorians of a graduating class larger than 50 students. Notify the Office of Admissions of your status when you apply.

ROTC Room and Board Scholarships

Various amounts  Supplemental grants are awarded to ROTC students who live on campus.

Hazel Haley Scholarship

Various amounts   Awarded to Lakeland High School graduates with proven financial need.

Sibling Award

$1,000 per year for Florida Southern College student siblings while enrolled full-time at Florida Southern.

Athletic Scholarships

Do you think you can compete at the next level?

Florida Southern offers talented athletes scholarships in the following sports:

MEN—Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, and Tennis.

WOMEN—Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball.

Church & Faith-based Scholarships

For information, contact Florida Southern's chaplain at 863.680.4297 or visit Church Relations.


The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation also offers a variety of scholarship opportunities. For information, visit United Methodist Higher Education Foundation.



Advancing the Flame Scholarships

Up to $1,000 per year

Awarded to members of the United Methodist Church. Florida Southern will match scholarships up to $1,000 annually for UMC members. Apply by April 1.

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Pre-Ministerial Awards

$3,000 to 5,000 per year

Up to $5,000 awarded to pre-ministerial candidates in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church; up to $3,000 awarded to all other Methodist candidates in a formal ministerial track.

Christian Service Awards

$2,000 per year

Awarded to first-year and transfer students preparing for careers in Christian education, ministry of music, and youth ministry.

 

 



Lettie Pate Whitehead

The awards vary in amount and range from $500 to $4,500

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. offers scholarships to talented women students of Christian faith, who have financial need, and who reside in one of the Southeastern states. 

Minister's Child Awards

$2,000 per year

Awarded to children of United Methodist ministers. To be considered, simply complete the necessary portion on your financial aid application. PLEASE NOTE: Recipients are ineligible for Advancing the Flame awards.

Transfer Scholarships

These merit-based scholarships, specifically for transfer students, are available based upon GPA. No special application is required.

Transfer Academic Recognition Scholarships

Various amounts
Florida Southern recognizes the academic accomplishments of transfer students who have earned at least 25 transferable credits.

  • Up to $9,000* with a minimum 3.75 GPA
  • Up to $8,500* with a minimum 3.50 GPA
  • Up to $7,500* with a minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Up to $7,000* with a minimum 3.0 GPA

* To receive the total amount you must live on campus.

 

Phi Theta Kappa Award

$2000
We value the achievements of Phi Theta Kappa members and are proud to offer them a special scholarship. An unlimited number of scholarships are available to qualifying PTK members who have earned an Associate of Arts degree and have a 3.2 cumulative minimum grade point average. This award may be combined with the Transfer Academic Recognition Scholarship Award. Students receiving first-year scholarships are not eligible for the PTK award.