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Deadline Extended for Hillsborough Students Eligible for $5,000 Scholarship Program

New Deadline is Friday, April 16 as Community Action Board expands scholarship income, GPA requirements due to impact of COVID-19

Hillsborough County, Fla. (March 30, 2021) - The deadline to apply for college scholarships of up to $5,000 from Hillsborough County Social Services and the Community Action Board has been extended to Friday, April 16.

The profound impact of COVID-19 on the Hillsborough County community has increased the number of students who struggle to afford to attend college. Hillsborough County Social Services and the Community Action Board are partnering again this year to offer scholarships to eligible students. In response to the impacts of COVID-19, the program will feature expanded eligibility criteria this year.

The Community Action Board Scholarship Program broadened its household income eligibility from 125 percent to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and lowered the GPA requirement from 2.5 to 2.0. The changes to the program requirements aim to help students who struggled academically because of the pandemic's unprecedented impacts on schools as well as students from households that saw a reduction in annual income. These changes will help many students overcome the impacts of COVID-19 and achieve their higher education dreams.

The scholarships, worth up to $5,000, are awarded to students to help alleviate some of the financial burden of college tuition, so they can focus on furthering their education, not paying bills. This includes first-time students and students returning to school. The scholarships can be used at trade schools, community colleges, or four-year universities.

Over the past five years, 295 scholarships have been awarded to deserving high school and college students across Hillsborough County, totaling about $1.29 million.

Applications for the 2021 scholarships will be accepted through Friday, April 16. Recipients will be notified in writing prior to the start of the fall semester.

Applicants must meet these eligibility requirements to be awarded a scholarship:

  • 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 2.0
  • Household income must fall within 200 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 County's scholarship application page. Detailed instructions on how to apply can also be found on the page. Students may submit completed applications online only. For questions, contact Irina White at (813) 272-5074.

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