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Scholarships

Palm Beach State offers a wide range of scholarships for students. Merit based scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of scholastic ability, talent, area of study, or leadership potential. Others, known as need-based scholarships, are awarded on the basis of financial need. Students must apply for Financial Aid, be in a degree-seeking program and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA for most awards.

Institutional Scholarships for 2018-2019

These scholarships are funded by Palm Beach State College and awardees are usually selected by departments (i.e. Athletes, Music-Theater, Honors).

Students must complete the FAFSA application to be considered for any of the following scholarships. If you need assistance please visit FAFSA Workshops for dates and times we are available.

 

Presidential Honors College Scholarship

A Two-year award worth $6,000 per academic year.

• High school graduate with a minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA

• Must have College ready test scores

• Must participate in Honor's College

• Must enroll for classes during the fall term following high school graduation

Application Open:

Apply Now

Final Deadline - Apr. 13, 2018 

First Step 2 Success

A $500 award for a the summer semester

• Must be a graduating Highschool Senior

• Must be Hispanic or Pell eligible

• Will cover SLS1501 course and the required book

Application Open:

Apply Now

Final Deadline - May 04, 2018 

Green & Gold Scholarship

A Two-year award of $1,000 per semester.

• High school graduate with a minimum 3.2 unweighted GPA 

• Must be in the top 10% of graduating class.

• Must enroll for classes during the fall term following Highschool graduation.

Application Open:

Apply Now

Final Deadline - Apr. 13, 2018 

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Award for Full Tuition per semester.

• Must be a graduating High school Senior

• Must enroll for classes during the fall term following High school graduation

• Must have 30 College credits by the time of graduation (Dual Enrollment, AP or AICE)

Application Open:

Apply Now

Final Deadline - Apr. 13, 2018 

Honors College Scholarship

A $1000 award per academic year.

• ($500 per semester) given to currently enrolled students

• Must be accepted in to the Honors College.

• Must be enrolled full time (12 credit hours)

• Must be enrolled in at least one Honors course

• Maintain 3.5 GPA

Selection made by Honors College

4.0 Achievement Award

Award amounts may vary per semester.

• Must be currently enrolled with a 4.0 GPA

• Must have completed two consecutive terms (Fall/Spring)

• Must have earned a minimum of  24 PBSC credits (not including prep courses)

No Application - Selection made based on requirements

Honors College Merit Award

A $500 award for a semester.

• Must be a Honor College participant

• Must complete at least two Honors courses

• Must have at least 12 credit hour and a 3.5 GPA

Selection made by Honors College

District Board of Trustees Scholarship

Award for the cost of 6 credit hours.

• Must be elected as Student trustee

• Must be enrolled in 6 credits or more

• Must be meeting the Standards of Academic Progress

Selection made by Department

 

Athletic Scholarship

Amounts awarded per semester.

• Must be accepted to participate in a PBSC Sport team

• Men's Basketball or Baseball

• Women's Softball, Basketball or Volleyball

Recruited and selected by Athletic Department

Disability Support Services Scholarship

Amounts awarded per semester

• Scholarships awarded to students in the Disability Support Services Center

Selection made by Department

GED Merit Scholarship

Award for the cost of a minimum 6 credit hours.

• Awarded to the top 10 Scores of GED Graduates

• Must maintain a 3.0 GPA

• Must take a minimum of 12 credit hours per year

• Will cover a maximum of 65 credit hours

Selection made by Adult Education Center

Leadership Development Scholarship

Award for the cost of 3 credit hours.

• 3 scholarships are awarded

Selection made by Department

Drumline Scholarship

Award amounts may vary

• Must participate in PBSC's Drumline

• Must maintain a 2.5 GPA

• Must be meeting the Standards of Academic Progress

Selection made by Department

Music Scholarship

Award will cover tuition for music ensemble course

• Must preform in student recital

• Must maintain a 2.5 GPA in overall coursework

• Must maintain 3.0 GPA in musical coursework

Selection made by Department

Student Government Scholarship

Award amounts may vary

• Must be a member of the Student Government

• Must be an inducted Senator

• Must participate in on Campus event

• Must maintain a 2.0 GPA

PBSC Bachelor's Scholarship

A Fall & Spring award.

• Awarded to students based on criteria determined by each degree area

• Must be enrolled in 6 credit hours or more

• Awarded if funding is available

Selection made by Bachelor's Department

Foundation Scholarships
Palm Beach State College Foundation manages a number of student scholarships created to assist students with achieving their academic goals. Generous donors include individuals, businesses, foundations and community organizations.

Honors Scholarships
Scholarships offered for students in the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College at Palm Beach State College.

SEEK Scholarships
Seeking Excellence and Education through Knowledge, commonly referred to as SEEK, is a scholarship program dedicated to improving the quality of Palm Beach County early childhood education environments through staff development.  The SEEK scholarship is funded by the Children's Services Council and administered by Palm Beach State College through the Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education (IEECE).


State Grants & Scholarships

The following State of Florida Grant and Scholarship Programs are available to students attending Palm Beach State College. These programs are administered by the Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance. Applications and information about Florida Grants and Scholarships can be obtained from the Florida Department of Education.

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

A need -based grant program available to degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial financial need and are enrolled in participating postsecondary institutions

  • Maximum annual award $2000 Fall & Spring based on full-time enrollment
  • Must be Pell eligible
  • Enrolled at least half time/6 credits or more per semester
  • Renewal requirements – minimum 2.0 GPA  & earn all attempted credits
  • Award amount of $1000 per semester for full time, $750 per semester for 3/4 time, $500 per semester for half time.
  • Funds are not available for the SUMMER terms.

 

Florida Student Assistant Grant Continuing Education (FSAG- CE)

A need-based grant program available to Florida residents enrolled in certificate programs of 450 or more clock hours at participating Florida
colleges (public community colleges) or career centers operated by district school boards.

 

First Generation Matching Grant (First Gen)

A need-based grant program available to degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial financial need, and are enrolled in eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Eligible students have a parent(s) who has not earned a baccalaureate or higher degree.

 

Bright Futures Scholarship

A merit-based scholarship program comprised of three levels of awards:

  • Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) $63 per credit hour for AA/AS degrees; $71 per credit hour for Bachelor's degree
  • Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) $63 per credit hour for AS/AS/non-Assoc. degrees; $53 per credit hour for Bachelor's degree
  • Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) $48 per credit hour for AS/AS/Certificate programs; $39 per credit hour for Vocational programs (PSAV/ATD). NOTE: Can only be used to fund a career education or certificate program. As of July 2012, the Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship will not be offered for the Associate of Arts or Bachelor's degrees.

Bright Futures award amounts are based on 16 credit hours of enrollment. Adjustments will be made accordingly after the add/drop period. It is the student's responsibility to pay the balance by the payment deadline.

Students can check eligibility status and update institution codes on the FL Student Scholarship & Grant Programs website.

Palm Beach State College's code is 502, and it must be listed on the student's Financial Aid Recipient History.

Bright Futures Requirements:

  • Complete FL Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 prior to intended high school graduation date, no exceptions.
  • Be enrolled for at least 6 non-remedial semester credit hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours- 180 clock hours) per term
  • Must be degree or certificate seeking, must be enrolled and admitted in a degree or certificate program, and taking classes towards their program objective.
  • Students are no longer required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before awarding or disbursing the Bright Futures Scholarship.
  • Renewal eligibility 2.75 GPA for Medallion and for Gold Seal scholars plus earning all credits paid for.
  • Renewal eligibility 3.0 GPA for Academic plus earning all credits paid for.
  • Florida Academic Scholars with a 2.75 to 2.99 GPA will renew as a Florida Medallion Scholars.

Bright Futures Renewal Criteria:

The criteria outlined below must be met each academic year.

  • Florida Academic Scholars with a 2.75 to 2.99 GPA will renew as Florida Medallion Scholars.
  • Florida Academic Scholars will be renewed by earning all credits paid for, and a 3.0 GPA.
  • Florida Medallion Scholars will be renewed by earning all credits paid for, and a 2.75 GPA.
  • Gold Seal Vocational Scholars will be renewed by earning all credits paid for, and a 2.75 GPA.

Failure to meet the renewal criteria will result in the loss of your Florida Bright Futures Scholarship.  Once grades have been reported to the state by Palm Beach State College at the end of each spring term, the Office of Student Financial Assistance, OSFA, sends out e-mail notifications regarding students' status for the following year. In some cases, the student may be eligible to submit a Bright Futures Scholarship Appeal to the Financial Aid office at Palm Beach State College:

  • Due to a verifiable illness
  • Due to a documented emergency beyond the student's control

The deadline to report appeals is 30 days after the date of ineligibility determination, or at a date established by the institution, whichever is later. To be considered for renewal for the next academic year, fall and spring terms, the appeal must be submitted by July 1st (after the date of ineligibility determination).

Dropped/Withdrawn Courses:

A student must reimburse the post-secondary institution for the cost of course(s) dropped or withdrawn after the initial drop/add period. The student will be ineligible to renew his/her Bright Futures award for any subsequent academic year until repayment, or a satisfactory arrangement to reimburse the institution is made. Non-refunded hours will affect the student’s renewal eligibility.

 

Rosewood Family Scholarship (RFS)

  • Award = cost of tuition for Fall & Spring, not to exceed 15 semester hours or 450 clock hours per term
  • Student must be enrolled in 12 credit hours per semester (Fall & Spring only)
  • Renewal requirements – minimum 2.0 GPA  & must earn all attempted credits
  • Submit a fully completed, error-free Florida Financial Aid Application (available October 1 each year) by April 1. Applicants will be ranked by their application submission date, if necessary.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online in time to be processed, error-free by the U.S. Department of Education on or before May 15.
  • The FAFSA is required for ROSEWOOD.  It has to be completed, along with any required documents, before the student is awarded.
  • Awards are not available for the summer

 

Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans (CDDV)

  • Enrolled at least half time/6 credits or more per semester
  • Award equal to the cost of tuition and fees
  • Enrolled in at least half time/6 credits or more per semester (Fall & Spring only)
  • Renewal requirements – minimum 2.0 GPA  & earn all attempted credits
  • Students will submit a completed Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) by April 1 (available October 1).
  • Awards are not available for the summer term.
  • The FAFSA is not required for CDDV.

 

José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant

  • Award = cost of tuition for Fall & Spring, not to exceed 15 semester hours or 450 clock hours per term
  • Students must be enrolled in 12 hours
  • Renewal requirements – minimum 3.0 GPA  & must earn all attempted credits
  • Submit a fully completed error-free Florida Financial Aid Application (available October 1 each year) by April 1. Applicants will be ranked by their application submission date, if necessary.
  • Demonstrate a minimum of $2,000 in financial need by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to be processed error-free by the U.S. Department of Education on or before May 15.
  • The annual award amount for the 2016-17 academic year is $2,000.


PBSC General Eligibility Requirements for all State Grants & Scholarships

  • Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, as determined by the student's postsecondary institution.
  • Complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 after high school graduation.
  • Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalent from a Florida public high school or a registered Florida Department of Education private high school.
  • Not have been found guilty of, or pled nolo contendere to, a felony charge, unless the student has been granted clemency by the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Executive Office of Clemency.
  • If not funded in the academic year immediately following high school graduation, apply within two years of high school graduation to have your award reinstated.
  • Be accepted by and enroll in degree or certificate program at eligible Florida public or independent postsecondary institution.
  • Be enrolled for at least 6 non-remedial semester credit hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours- 180 clock hours) per term. Except for Rosewood Family Scholarship and José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grants must be enrolled in 12 credit hours per semester (Fall & Spring only).
  • Must be degree or certificate seeking, must be enrolled and admitted in a degree or certificate program, and taking classes towards their program objective.
  • Required to turn in any transcripts, high school and college, if applicable.

 

Private Donor Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by local and regional individuals or organizations. Students normally research and apply for these scholarships on their own. Applications are now open for the following private donor scholarships:


Additional Private Scholarship Resources

 

Instructions for Private Donors

Please be sure the student's name and PBSC ID, or social security number are on the check. Make checks payable and addressed to:

Palm Beach State College
College Wide Financial Aid
Scholarship Office, MS #7
4200 Congress Ave
Lake Worth, FL 33461

Once a check is received, it will be placed on deposit with the Finance Department on behalf of the student. Any fees owed to the college will be deducted, and the remaining funds will be made available to the recipient via direct deposit or check mailed to the address on file.

A check made payable to the student must be endorsed by the student. A non-endorsed check will be returned to the student's local address with instructions on how to proceed.

The following information should accompany your donation:

  • The term in which the funds are to be disbursed
  • Your name, address and instructions on how to proceed in case the student withdrawals or does not enroll
  • If you require a certain level of enrollment: full-time (12 hours), 3/4 time (9 -11 hours), 1/2 time (6 hours), or if less than 1/2 time is acceptable
  • If the student is required to provide you with a transcript
  • If you are awarding a tuition/fee only scholarship and require an invoice, please contact us

Please note that Private Donor Scholarship funds must be received by the student's tuition and fees due date in order for classes to be covered.


Transfer Scholarships

The schools below offer scholarships for students completing their associate degree at Palm Beach State and will be transferring to their university to continue their education.

Florida International University

St. Thomas University

University of Central Florida

University of South Florida

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