Searching for Scholarships
First things first! Do the FAFSA!
It is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
If you have not completed it, please do so.
- The application is quicker and easier than a scholarship search
- The grants are far larger than most scholarships
- It is required for a lot of State and private scholarships
For assistance in completing the FAFSA, you may visit the Records and Registration Computer Lab in Building R, Room 226
The Bad News:
- It's not easy - you should expect to spend several hours doing research, on the phone, on the web, writing letters, filling out applications, writing essays...
- It's not quick - It usually takes 4 to 6 months to receive any scholarship money
- There are No Guarantees - You could do a lot of work and end up with no scholarship money.
- There is a lot of scholarship money available, and if you do a good search, some of it might be yours!
- The Career Resource Center offers personalized assistance to you in your scholarship search.
Here are some materials used in these workshops:
Scholarships 101 - Printable version of the Bad News and Good News, plus recommendations for following-up on any interesting scholarship leads
PowerPoint slideshow used in these presentations
Here is a 2-minute video explaining the above.
- Here is a longer video, detailing scholarship search programs and how to use the search results.
SCAM WARNING: There are a lot of scams on the web using "Scholarship!" as the bait.
The links below are legitimate to the best of our knowledge - please let us know if you find out otherwise!
Watch out for the words "Quick," "Easy" and "Guaranteed" - These words are clues that the link might be a scam. FinAid.org has a good page on the topic of scholarship scams.
Recommended Starting Point:
- A good way to "get your feet wet" with scholarship searching.
- You answer the questions, and the program will show a list of scholarship leads for which you might qualify.
A good second step:
- With Peterson's you will answer some questions, and the program will suggest scholarships for which you might qualify.
- You will need to create an account to see contact info on the scholarships, but it is free and legitimate, so recommended.
Specifically for Santa Fe:
When a local business, family, or individual wishes to offer a scholarship for Santa Fe students, they are channeled through the Endowment Office.
The application for these scholarships is NOT OPEN AT ALL TIMES, so you might not be able to complete the application right now.
- SEPTEMBER 15th, 2016 - Application for ongoing Santa Fe College students will open. this application is to apply for scholarships for Spring term 2017.
- JANUARY 2017 - FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ONLY These scholarships are for students who will be graduating from Alachua and Bradford County high schools in the Spring of 2017 and plan to start at Santa Fe in the Fall 2017 term.
- MAY 2017 The application will re-open for currently enrolled Santa Fe students to apply for scholarships for Fall 2017
- For Santa Fe students who wish to do one of our STUDY ABROAD programs in another country.
- These scholarships are intended to help students afford the costs of the trip.
- Theater, or
- Visual Arts
- Associate of Science Degree programs
- Associate of Applied Science programs
- Certificate Programs
- Bachelor's Degree programs
To see the occupations for which these programs train, check out Career Coach
Santa Fe programs that offer to pay for tuition:
Note: There are some restrictions on these programs, so please visit the websites and make contact with knowledgeable persons before making any assumptions.
TRAMCON - Training for the Manufactured Construction industry. FREE TUITION. See the State TRAMCON page for details on the program.
Santa Fe College Tuition Waivers and Exemptions - Certain persons under certain circustances may qualify for tuition waivers, thus avoiding tuition fees, or reducing out-of-state fees to State levels. Such waivers do NOT cover books or living costs, but they can pay tuition which is a major expense.
Tuition waivers are available for:
- Senior citizens - 60 years of age and older
- Employees of the State of Florida
- Purple Heart recipients (and other military awards)
- Homeless persons
Back to Work 50+ Primarly for women 50 and older, although men may also qualify. For short-term technical training only, funded by AARP
Other legitimate scholarship resources
- 2015-16 Scholarships directory, compiled by U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, .pdf file, 50 pages. Some are for California residents only, as that is the state she represents, but many can be used anywhere.
- Fastweb Scholarship Search is e-mail based. It will send lots of scholarship notices to your e-mail, possibly too much. So we suggest creating a separate e-mail account through Gmail, Yahoo! or the like, and give Fastweb that address. This way it does not fill up your personal in-box with piles of scholarship leads.
for United States Study
- Electronic "flip-book" This resource is primarily for
international students intending to study in the United
- U.S. News Scholarship America blog
- Free-4U Scholarship News
- FinAid - the Smart Student's Guide to Financial Aid
- Plato Scholarship Search (requires free registration)
- The Scholarship Page
- MOLIS - Minority Scholarships
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- National Merit Scholarships
- Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education
- American Educational Guidance Center
- CollegeNet Mach25 Scholarship Search
- CollegeDegree.com - links to many financial aid websites.
- Guaranteed Scholarships(Hint: watch out for the "G" word! It's often a trap. In this instance it's OK, this one is not a scam. But NONE of the scholarships listed are for specifically for Santa Fe or UF.)
- Florida Association of Educational Data Systems - offers scholarships for students in Information Technology fields
- Online Degrees and Scholarships (Does not list scholarships itself, but has links to other scholarship sites especially relevant to online learning.)
State of Florida Scholarships:
Transferring to a State University?
Most Financial Aid Offices at Florida Universities include lists of scholarships available at that school.
Here are links to their Financial Aid Offices/Scholarship pages:
- Florida A & M University, Tallahassee
- Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
- Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers
- Florida International University, Miami
- Florida Polytechnic University, Lakeland
- Florida State University, Tallahassee
- New College of Florida, Sarasota
- University of Central Florida, Orlando
- University of Florida, Gainesville Scholarship Search at UF
- University of North Florida, Jacksonville
- University of South Florida, Tampa
- University of West Florida, Pensacola
Interested in transferring to other colleges?Find your school's website, navigate to their Financial Aid pages, and look for a listing of their scholarships. Some will have search engines, some will not. Some will have the application online, some will not.
If you have difficulty finding a school's website, try College Navigator. This program can also be useful in searching for colleges that offer your major in your desired location.
Somewhat redundant, but another good source of scholarship leads:
It is a customized version of Kuder Journey.
Don't let the funny name fool you - Kuder is one of the best career guidance systems available.
It includes a scholarship search engine which is well worth using.
To use it, you must create an account.
Here are the steps:
- Follow the link above.
- Scroll down to MyCareerShines and select Register or Log In.
- Be sure to specify Santa Fe College as your school.
- Home page... in menu to right select "[ ] Find Financial Aid"
- Then: "Find and Apply for Scholarships and Grants"
- Then: "Search a National Database of Scholarships and Grants."
- Enable Filter Options, and fill in all the blanks that are relevant to you.
- Read each scholarship description. If you qualify and would want it, visit the website and read whaever else they provide.
- If you STILL want it and believe you qualfiy, call or write and request an "Application Package"
Somewhat redundant, but another good source of scholarship leads:
Santa Fe College Library has licensed a database which includes scholarship leads. It is open to students through eSantaFe.
Follow these steps:
- Check into eSantaFe with your student ID number and password,
- Select: Study Tools
- Select: Library Databases
- Select: Testing and Education Resource Center
(Scroll down, it's at the bottom of the page)
- Select: College Prep Tools
- Select: Scholarship Search
- Select: Undergraduate Scholarship Search
- Register for an account, and complete the search
College browsers with financial aid components:
For personal assistance in your scholarship search, please call the Career Resource Center at Santa Fe College, (352) 395-5824 or write us a note to make an appointment.
rev. 10/24/2016, JY