Hillsborough County Helps Students Achieve Higher Education Goals with Community Action Board
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2020) - 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 that can make a difference for a student getting an important education.
Hillsborough County Social Services and the Community Action Board have partnered again this year to offer scholarships for up to $5,000 to eligible students who wish to continue their education by attending an accredited institution of higher learning. This includes first-time students and students returning to school.
Over the past four years, 280 scholarships have been awarded to deserving high school and college students across Hillsborough County, accounting for about $1.25 million to further their education.
Scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted through Friday, March 13, 2020. 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. For questions, contact Juan Fradera at (813) 272-5074.