How many credit hours do I need to take in order to be eligible for a Foundation scholarship?
If you are chosen to receive a Foundation scholarship you must be enrolled in classes at St. Petersburg College for the term for which you have been awarded the scholarship. Foundation scholarship awards are valid only for the term for which you receive the award. If you have not registered for classes by the add/drop deadline, the scholarship cannot be posted to your account and you will forfeit your award for that term. Unfortunately, scholarships are not transferrable to another term or institution.
Some Foundation scholarships have enrollment requirements. For example, during the fall and spring terms, part time students must be enrolled in six or more credit hours and full time students for twelve or more credit hours. For awards that have an enrollment requirement, you must meet the minimum credit hours for it to be posted to your account.
Do I need to complete the FAFSA to be considered for a Foundation scholarship?
Some Foundation scholarships require students to have demonstrated financial need. Need is determined based on the information submitted in your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Awards that are need based cannot be posted to your account if you do not have financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
Will my scholarship affect my work study?
If you are chosen to receive a Foundation scholarship and you are a Federal Work Study student, or you have student loans, you may have your hours or loans reduced in order to be eligible to receive your scholarship.
What can my scholarship be used for?
Foundation scholarship awards are first applied to tuition and fees, unless the award is in the form of a Foundation Book Line of Credit. If you receive a Book Line of Credit an account will be established at the college bookstore in the amount of your award for you to make purchases.
Some scholarships allow for any remaining credit balances, after tuition and fees are paid, to be applied to your SPC OneCard based on the choice you made when you activated the card. Disbursements begin at the end of the fourth week of your classes. If you are enrolled only in Express or Second Eight-Week Mod classes, your funds will be disbursed at the end of the fourth week of that term. However, not all scholarships allow for remaining credit balances to be given to the student; some scholarships are only for tuition and fees.
How can I ensure I remain eligible for scholarships for future terms?
Foundation scholarships are made possible by generous individuals, community groups and businesses. If you are selected to receive a scholarship you will be asked to write a thank you letter to your donor to express your gratitude. Submitting your letter will ensure that your award is disbursed and that you remain eligible for future awards. You may become ineligible or forfeit your award for subsequent terms if you do not submit a thank you letter.
How can I check the status of my scholarship?
To check the status of your scholarship, login to MySPC and select the "View My Financial Awards" link. The award will be posted to your account after you have satisfied the scholarship requirements.
If you need any assistance, please contact the Foundation at 727-341-3302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.