***The 2016 scholarship application has closed. Scholarship recipients will be announced at high school senior award ceremonies. Students should continue to check wtih the scholarship contact at thier school to see if any new schoarlships are offered.

Hard Copy Scholarship Applications

for Adult Schools, Private Schools and Career Schools, out of county qualifying applicants etc.

Below are scholarships that require a hard copy application for submission. Please read through the criteria for each one, and if eligible, download and complete the application and return it to the Polk Education Foundation by the deadline, if one is noted. Please check this section occasionally as the listings may change. HIT "VIEW" and "REFRESH" each time you visit this page to make sure you can see all updates.

Ridge Career Center Applications

  • Joanne Hudson Cook Scholarship for a student who is a single parent and graduates from the Ridge Teen Parent program or Haines City High School and plans on attending Ridge Career Center. Click here for application.
  • Frank Kehoe Memorial Scholarship for any Polk County resident currently enrolled in Ridge Fire College. Click here for application.

In your toolbar to to "VIEW" and "REFRESH" each time you visit this page to make sure you can see all updates.

Take Stock in Children Scholarships

click here for that program page with scholarship information


Previous Graduates/Recipients of PEF Scholarships

For previous scholarship recipients who need to request funds, please complete the form below and return it to the Polk Education Foundation using the address provided on the form. A copy of the thank you note written to your donor must also be on file with this form to have funds disbursed.

Scholarship College Information Sheet

Recipients receive a copy of the Scholarship Policy with their award letter. A policy copy is also sent to each college or university with scholarship checks.

Click here to view the PEF Scholarship Policy


Presenting scholarships

Support PEF Scholarships

You can sponsor a scholarship for Polk County High School graduating seniors in your club or business name or in memory of a loved one. After the application period ends, all scholarships are collected, screened and selected through a competitive application process. We strive to make sure each application is given focus and attention to allow for the best candidates to be awarded scholarships. Donors can choose to participate in the selection process or allow PEF committees to make those selections. Donors determine the criteria and the award amount for the award. Scholarships can be designated for certain schools or groups of recipients.

Scholarships are promoted online every January/February through the Polk County School District and Polk Education Foundation. A listing of current scholarships can be found by clicking the Scholarships Information button on the menu to the left. Monies are awarded in the spring of each year; funds are not distributed directly to the student. A check is mailed payable to the college of the student's choice once the student is enrolled. Thank you notes are required to be sent to each donor of a scholarship by its recipient. If you need additional assistance, please call Susan Copeland at (863) 534-0434. Mrs. Copeland will be happy to meet with you in order to help you plan your scholarship program. Help make a difference in students' lives!

By creating an endowed scholarship, you enable the Foundation to establish a permanent pool of funds that are professionally invested. While the investment remains intact, the Foundation is awarded the earnings for use to fund your scholarship. A $10,000.00 donation equals a perpetual $500.00 scholarship. Endowed amounts and corresponding awards increase incrementally by each $10,000 donated. For more information, please contact Susan Copeland phone: (863) 534-0434.