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. Generally students should apply for Financial Aid, be in a degree-seeking program and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA for most awards.


Institutional Scholarships

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

Palm Beach State College offers various scholarships from institutional funds. Recipients are determined by specific departments, unless stated otherwise.

Premium Scholarships

Presidential Honors College Scholarship
Two-year award of $2,000 per term awarded to students who graduate from high school with a minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA and minimum SAT/ACT scores of 1170/24. Must participate in Honors College and enroll for classes during the fall term following high school graduation. Renewable for additional two years for study in a bachelor's degree program, assuming student continues to meet renewal criteria.
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Green & Gold Scholarship
Two-year award of $1,000 per semester awarded to students who graduate high school with a minimum of 3.2 unweighted GPA and in top 10% of graduating class. Must enroll for classes during the fall term following high school graduation. Renewable for additional two years for study in a bachelor's degree program, assuming student continues to meet renewal criteria.
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Honors College Scholarship
A $1000 award per year ($500 per semester) given to currently enrolled students who are accepted in to the Honors College. Enrolled full time (12 credit hours) and enrolled in at least one Honors course(not Honors contract). Maintain 3.5 GPA.

Application – Selection by the Honors College.


PBSC Bachelor's Scholarship
$500 per semester award given to currently enrolled students with a 3.0 GPA and enrolled in PBSC bachelors program (BAS & BSN). Must be admitted into the program.

No application – Selection done by Bachelor’s department. Awarded Fall/Spring (if funding available).


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Dual Enrolled and Early Admission students (graduating high school seniors) enrolling in the fall term immediately after graduating high school and have earned 30 or more PBSC credits. PBSC will pay for you to complete your AA degree.

No Application – Selection based on requirements of the scholarship.

 
4.0 Achievement Award
$500 per semester award given to currently enrolled students with a 4.0 GPA in Palm Beach State courses. Must have completed two consecutive terms (Prior Fall/Spring hours) of full-time enrollment in associate or bachelor's degree program with a minimum of 24 Palm Beach State credit hours earned (not including prep courses).

No application – Selection based on the requirements of the scholarship – Awarded Fall/Spring.


Honors College Merit Award
A $500 stipend awarded to Honors College participants who have completed at least two Honors courses and at least 12 credit hours with a 3.5 GPA in Palm Beach State courses.

Application – Selected by the Honors College.


District Board of Trustees Scholarship
Scholarship awarded to the Student Trustee member for the amount to cover tuition and fees for 6 credits. Student must have a FAFSA and be meeting the Standards of Academic Progress.

Application – Selected by Department.


First Step 2 Success Scholarship
First-time in college scholarship of $500 awarded to graduating high school students who are Hispanic and/or Pell-Eligible for the summer B term (or 8-week term on the Lake Worth campus). The scholarship will be applied toward the tuition and book costs incurred to take the Introduction to College Experience (SLS1501) course.

Application opens in January 2017 – Selected by Department.


Athletic Scholarship
Athletic scholarships for athletes accepted to participate in a Palm Beach State sport team: Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Softball, Men’s Baseball or Women’s Volleyball.

Recruited and Selected by the Athletic Department.


Disability Support Services Scholarship
Scholarship is to be given to students in the Disability Support Services Center.

Application selected by Disability Department.


GED Merit Scholarship
Awarded to the top 10 scores of GED Graduates. Award will pay for instate tuition for students are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits with a minimum of 3.0 GPA up to a maximum of 65 credits. Students must have a completed FAFSA and complete a minimum of 12 credits per academic year. Scholarship does not pay for summer.

Selected by Adult Education Center.


Leadership Development Scholarship
Three scholarships are awarded for the amount of in-state tuition for 3 credits.

Selected by Department.


Music Scholarships
Perform in student recital, minimum 2.5 in overall coursework and 3.0 in musical coursework. Recipients of “Troubadours Scholarship” must make a commitment for two terms and must attend rehearsal and performances. “Music Teacher/ Professional Musician Scholarship” must be a teacher or professional quality student. Scholarship will cover tuition for music ensemble class.

Selected by Department.


Student Government
Award for Student Government Students.

Selected by Student Activities Department.


Access & Opportunity Scholarship
The award is presented to an outstanding graduating sophomore who exemplifies the goals of diversity in higher education. This award is part of the Graduating Sophomore Process. It is awarded at both Fall and Spring Commencement every academic year.

Graduating Sophomores – Awarded Fall/Spring – Selected by Department.


Outstanding Graduate Scholarship
Student Scholar award is presented to an outstanding graduating sophomore with the highest grade point average who has completed the program within two years. This award is part of the Graduating Sophomore Process. It is awarded during Commencement.

Graduating Sophomores – Awarded Fall/Spring – Selected by 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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