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Posted February 21, 2019 | 2:54 PM

County Helps Students Achieve Higher Education Goals with Scholarships

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2019) - Do you know a young person in Hillsborough County who is on his or her way to college but just needs an extra financial boost to make it work? There are college scholarships available to qualified Hillsborough County residents through the Community Action Board Scholarship Program this year.

Hillsborough County Social Services has partnered with the Community Action Board again to offer scholarships for up to $5,000 to eligible students - both new and existing college students - who wish to continue their education by attending an institution of higher learning.

Scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted through Friday, March 29, 2019. Recipients will be notified in writing prior to the start of the fall semester. Applicants need to meet the following eligibility requirements to be awarded a scholarship:

  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 24, and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent (16-year-olds may apply if they are graduating seniors)
  • Reside in Hillsborough County
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Household income must fall within 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

The following criteria will also be used to evaluate applicants:

  • Community service and school involvement
  • Application and letters of recommendation
  • Academic record (Transcript)
  • Essay response
  • Panel interview participation

Application materials can be downloaded on the Scholarship Application page on the County website. Detailed instructions on how to apply can also be found on the page. Students may submit completed applications online, via mail, or deliver applications in person to any County Community Resource Center. Mailed applications can be sent to P.O. Box 1110, Department of Social Services 24th Floor, Attention Nekeva Johnson, Tampa, FL 33601.

Over the past four years, 231 scholarships have been awarded to deserving high school and college students across Hillsborough County, accounting for more than $1 million to further their education.

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