These merit-based scholarships are available based upon GPA and SAT or ACT scores. No special application is required.
Hollingsworth Scholarship (9,500 - 15,000 per year) Honors Joshua Hollingsworth, the founder and first president of Florida Southern College, appointed in 1886.
Alderman Scholarship ($8,000 to 12,500 per year) Honors FSC president Rhenus Hoffard Alderman, who helped move the campus to Lakeland in 1922.
Spivey Scholarship ($7,000 to 10,500 per year) Honors Ludd Spivey, FSC president who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright on the construction of the Lakeland campus. Wright is considered our nation’s foremost architect, and Florida Southern comprises the world’s largest collection of his work.
Hilburn Scholarship ($6,500 to 10,000 per year) Honors FSC president John Presley Hilburn, touted for being an eloquent speaker and a leader of great integrity.
Thrift Scholarship ($6,000 to $9,000 per year) Honors FSC's 14th president, Charles Thrift, a highly regarded Florida historian who served the College faithfully for 36 years.
Walker Scholarship ($5,000 to $8,000 per year) Honors Shade Wilson Walker, who became the College's 8th president at age 32 and was known for his impressive executive ability and commanding endowments of personality.
Szabo Scholarship ($3,000 to $6,000 per year) Honors Frank Szabo, beloved alumnus and popular Dean of Men, who served FSC for 38 years.
For information, contact Florida Southern's chaplain at 863.680.4297 or visit Church Relations.
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
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.
Additional Awards The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation offers a variety of scholarship opportunities. For information, visit www.umhef.org.
Lettie Pate WhiteheadThe 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. The committee selects the recipients from the first-year applicants and periodically requires an interview. Inquiries should be directed to your admissions counselor, or to the Admissions Office.
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.
Hollis Fellows in Education Scholarships Annual award of $7,500 plus $500 for books 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. Learn more
Annual award of $7,500 plus $500 for books
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.
Eligible candidates must have graduated from a Florida high school in the top 30% of their graduating class and have a minimum 1050 SAT or 22 ACT. Scholarships are awarded to first-year students and are renewable each year for those who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Recipients must also sign an agreement to teach for three years in the Florida public school system following graduation from Florida Southern.
No separate application is required. Interviews are held at Scholars Weekend or by appointment with the Office of Admissions.
Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarships $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.
Hazel Haley Scholarships Various amounts Awarded to Lakeland High School graduates with proven financial need.
ROTC Room & Board Scholarships Various amounts Supplemental grants are awarded to ROTC students who live on campus.
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. Learn more
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.
Awarded annually to undergraduate Bachelor of Science in nursing students who have financial need. Scholarships vary in amount and are renewable for each year of study.
No separate application is required.
C.V. McClurg Scholarships Full tuition and fees Funded by the McClurg family, these prestigious scholarships recognize exceptional academic merit. Learn more
Full tuition and fees
Funded by the McClurg family, these prestigious scholarships recognize exceptional academic merit. To be eligible, students must be accepted as well as receive the Hollingsworth Scholarship. Three first-year students are selected annually for these awards, which are renewable for each year of study at Florida Southern.
No separate application is required. Candidates must attend a Scholars Weekend event and participate in an on-campus interview.
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. Learn more
Eminent citrus industry executive, Florida native, and decorated World War II veteran Gettys P. Alderman and his wife Alice, remembered for her remarkable banking and finance career, were longtime Lakeland residents and members of the College Heights United Methodist Church who believed deeply in the value of higher education. Motivated by their desire to help students with financial need earn a college degree, they established The Gettys P. and Alice D. Alderman Scholarship at Florida Southern College.
Eligible candidates must be Florida residents, must have submitted a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), and must have demonstrated financial need as determined by the College’s Financial Aid Office. They must be majoring in Accounting or Citrus, have a minimum 970 SAT or 20 ACT, and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0. Scholarships are awarded to first-year students and may be renewable each year up to four years for recipients who continue to major in Accounting or Citrus and maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
Applications are due by February 22. Finalists will be selected shortly thereafter and invited for interviews with the Alderman Scholarship Selection Committee during Scholars Weekend on March 8. Apply here.
After serving the state and federal governments in the inspection service, Gettys P. Alderman (1921-1985) devoted the last 25 years of his distinguished career to the Florida Citrus Exchange, where he worked in various marketing capacities and helped transform the company into what is today Seald Sweet International, Florida’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable packing company. A native of Nashua, Iowa, Alice D. Alderman (1921-2012) worked for People’s Bank in Lakeland for 35 years, rising to the position of assistant vice president before her retirement. Respected community leaders, the Aldermans volunteered their time and supported many local organizations, most particularly the College Heights United Methodist Church, where Alice served as treasurer and together they were members for many years.
The Aldermans created The Gettys P. and Alice D. Alderman Scholarship through a generous provision in their estate plan. Having no children of their own, they chose to invest in the lives of promising young women and men who otherwise could not afford a college degree, enabling the Alderman Scholars to receive a superb education at Florida Southern that prepares them for career success.
We offer 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.
Music Scholarships Awards based upon skill level and area of concentration. We award $500 per year awarded to members of an ensemble: band, chorale, orchestra (strings). Auditions required.
For information, contact the Music Department at 863.680.4229.
Art & Theatre Scholarships Awards based upon portfolio or audition.
For information, contact the Art Department at 863.680.4743 or Theatre Department at 863.680.4226.
Academic Department Scholarships We award departmental scholarships to students pursuing certain academic programs—including business, nursing, music, English, and education.
For information, contact the individual academic department(s).
To receive the following awards, indicate your family connection as requested on your application for admission. No special application is required.
Sibling Awards $1,000 per year for FSC student siblings while enrolled full-time at Florida Southern
Legacy Awards $1,000 per year for children and grandchildren of FSC alumni while enrolled full-time at Florida Southern
Marcus and Carole Weinstein Scholarships Full tuition, room and board, and funds for books, supplies, and annual travel Awarded to students who are citizens of Israel or dual Israeli-U.S. citizens. Learn more
Full tuition, room and board, and funds for books, supplies, and annual travel
Awarded to students who are citizens of Israel. To be considered, you must first complete the application for admission and be accepted to Florida Southern College. Eligibility is offered to students whose academic core course work reflects at least a 2.75 GPA or equivalent on a 4.0 scale. Student must also achieve the following minimum score results on at least one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – 550, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – 6.0, or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – 1050 (combined verbal and math). You must plan to be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program at Florida Southern College. The scholarship also includes a travel fund to cover one trip to/from the United States each year. The scholarship covers the four years of study at Florida Southern College.
In addition to established state and federal programs for students with financial need, Florida Southern also provides need-based grants to students who qualify. We offer options for academically outstanding first-year applicants who demonstrate significant financial need.
George W. Jenkins Scholarships Full tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses 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. Learn more
Full tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses
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.
Designed to help academically outstanding students with financial need, these coveted awards cover the total cost of full-time tuition, room, meals, fees, books, and supplies for two semesters annually—up to four consecutive years—along with a $4,100 annual stipend for personal expenses and laptop computer. Awarded to first-year students and renewable each year, these scholarships are valued at more than $160,000 over four years.
To be eligible, you must be a Florida resident, graduate from a Florida high school with a minimum 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, have attained a 1020 on the SAT and 22 on the ACT, and qualify for the state’s Bright Futures Scholarship at the Medallion Level or higher. You must have significant financial need as documented by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, you should submit evidence of exceptional academic achievement in a college preparatory curriculum, show school and community involvement in school, exhibit a strong work ethic, and reflect leadership potential and a desire to succeed. Students who have overcome significant economic obstacles while achieving academic and personal goals will receive special consideration.
Application deadline is March 15. Finalists will be selected shortly thereafter and invited for interviews with the George W. Jenkins Scholarship Committee.
Five new awards are offered each year. For automatic renewal of the award, students must continue to exhibit academic excellence, as demonstrated by a cumulative 3.0 GPA at Florida Southern.
Hazel Haley Scholarships $2,500 per year Awarded to graduates of Lakeland High School with proven financial need, this scholarship awards up to $10,000 over four years. Candidates must have proven financial need. Preference is given to students pursuing English or education majors.
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 $8,500* with a minimum 3.75 GPA
• Up to $8,000* with a minimum 3.50 GPA
• Up to $7,000* with a minimum 3.25 GPA
• Up to $6,500* with a miniumm 3.0 GPA
*To receive the total amount you must live on campus.
Phi Theta Kappa Award$2000We 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.
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