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Presidential Scholarship

  • Presidential Scholarship recipients will be selected annually based on merit and test scores. The program is open to individuals who meet the following criteria:

    • Pinellas County high school senior anticipating a May graduation with a standard high school diploma
    • Florida resident
    • U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or Dream Act eligible
    • Anticipate a weighted cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 at the end of the seventh semester of high school
    • Have taken the ACT/SAT Exams

    The scholarship is awarded based on academic merit and test scores. Due to limited funding, not all eligible students will be awarded.

    All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application beginning March 1, 2019.

    See other scholarship and financial aid options.

    Covered expenses

    The Presidential Scholarship covers up to 60 credit hours of continuous enrollment (fall and spring; summer optional) at St. Petersburg College beginning with the fall term immediately following high school graduation. It does not cover access fees, lab fees, books, supplies, or Corporate Training classes.

    The scholarship is not transferable to other colleges or universities. It will not prevent a student from receiving Bright Futures or other types of scholarships. Recipients of Honor College Scholarship or Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholarship are not eligible to receive a Presidential scholarship.

    Next Steps

    Qualified students interested in applying for a Presidential Scholarship must submit a St. Petersburg College admissions application and then complete the Presidential Scholarship application betfore Jan. 23, 2019. You will need to:

    1. Apply to St. Petersburg College and pay the $40 application fee. (At the end of the application you will be given a student number that you will need to apply for the scholarship.)
      NOTE: SPC Early College and SPC Dual Enrolled Students are not required to submit a new SPC application prior to applying for the Presidential Scholarship. Simply skip to step 2.
    2. Complete the Presidential Scholars Scholarship application by Jan. 23, 2019.
    3. Submit your official high school transcript and official ACT or SAT scores by Feb. 8, 2019 to St. Petersburg College
    4. Provide proof of Florida residency 
    5. Provide proof of U.S. citizenship, permanent resident alien status, or Dream Act Eligibility in person at any of our campus locations 
    6. Begin classes at SPC no later than the fall term immediately after high school graduation
    7. Enroll in a minimum of twelve credit hours in the fall as a degree-seeking student. (To remain eligible for this scholarship, you must be enrolled in at least twelve credit hours per term, excluding the Summer term.)

    Renewal requirements

    Scholarship renewal will be determined at the end of each term. To ensure eligibility, students must:

    • Be continuously enrolled in at least twelve credit hours per term, excluding summer term
    • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student
    • Maintain a cumulative 3.3 Program GPA (this includes all dual-enrolled classes taken during high school that are part of your academic program)
    • Successfully complete a minimum of 75 percent of all college-level credit hours attempted
    75 percent completion ratio

    Hours Attempted 

    12 

    15 

    24 

    30 

    36 

    45 

    48 

    60 

    75 

    90 

    150 

    175 

    Hours Completed 

    9 

    12 

    18 

    23 

    27 

    34 

    36 

    45 

    57 

    68 

    113 

    132 

    Contacts

    Messages regarding the scholarship are sent to your SPC e-mail address. Make sure to check this address often or have it forwarded to a personal e-mail. Recipients who are interested in summer enrollment, who did not meet the renewal requirements, or who have general questions should contact Catherine Roberts.

  • 2015-18 Recipients and Current Recipients

    Covered expenses 

    The Presidential Scholarship covers up to 60 credit hours of continuous enrollment (fall and spring; summer optional) at St. Petersburg College beginning with the fall term immediately following high school graduation. It does not cover access fees, lab fees, books, supplies, or Corporate Training classes.

    The scholarship is not transferable to other colleges or universities. It will not prevent a student from receiving Bright Futures or other types of scholarships. Recipients of Honor College Scholarship or Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholarship are not eligible to receive a Presidential scholarship.

    Renewal requirements 

    Scholarship renewal will be determined at the end of each term. To ensure eligibility, students must:

    • Be continuously enrolled in at least six credit hours per term, excluding summer term
    • Maintain a cumulative 3.3 Program GPA (this includes all dual-enrolled classes taken during high school that are part of your academic program)
    • Successfully complete a minimum of 75 percent of all college-level credit hours attempted
    • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student 

    75 percent completion ratio
    Hours attempted: 12 15 24 30 36 45 48 60 75 90 150 175
    Hours you must complete: 9 12 18 23 27 34 36 45 57 68 113 132

    Contacts 

    Messages regarding the scholarship are sent to your SPC e-mail address. Make sure to check this address often or have it forwarded to a personal e-mail. Recipients who are interested in summer enrollment, who did not meet the renewal requirements, or who have general questions should contact Catherine Roberts 

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