2015 Scholarship Information

Scholarships administered by the Polk Education Foundation are made possible by the generosity of donors throughout our community.  They set up their own criteria and many will make recipient selections themselves. A huge thank you to all the donors that make this scholarship program possible!
To apply online high school seniors must:
1. attend a Polk County public or charter high school,
2. have a minimum 2.5 GPA,
3. have completed both semesters of Algebra II with a “C” or higher each semester,
4. be in line to graduate having passed the Algebra I End of Course Exam (or have concordant scores on the PERT) and have passed the FCAT 2.0 reading component (or have concordant SAT or ACT scores).

***Students who do not meet those requirements (and even those that do) should also check applications in the "Hard Copy" section below. Applications are placed in that section which have lower / no GPA and or test score requirements, or, were started after the online process began. Check back periodically for updates.

If you meet the criteria above, please follow these directions –
1. You must use Internet Explorer to open the application, no other browser will work. If you do not utilize Internet Explorer on your home computer, you will need to complete your application at school or a library. For those with Internet Explorer 11 having compatibility issues, please click here for steps to resolve.

2. Review the scholarship availability list here. Look at both the “Countywide” list and one under your school name if a school list exists (if no list is posted, your school does not have specified scholarship donors participating in this program). Find the scholarships you qualify for by comparing your GPA, SAT/ACT, community service hours etc. to the criteria listed. Please be aware – when you apply the computer program compares the scholarship criteria to your student record information and only the awards you qualify for will be displayed.

3. Review the directions here. By reviewing the directions BEFORE you start, you will better understand the log-on and application completion process. When your application is complete and SUBMITTED, you are instructed to print the application IMMEDIATELY before closing the application window. Print an additional copy for your records. You will then attach all required documents and submit the packet to your school counselor by the date they set. Students who apply online, but do not follow through with a signed, hard copy submission will not be considered.

4. Applicants must have their community service hours updated with their high school BEFORE they apply for a PEF scholarship. If you log-on to your application and find those hours are not correct when they populate, "SAVE" but DO NOT "SUBMIT" your application work, and report the incorrect information to your counselor.

5. Student community service hours along with grades and test scores are pulled automatically from the PCSB student records system and cannot be changed manually on the application. Some awards have required minimum grades and service hours, and incorrect information in the student records system could disqualify a student from applying for applicable awards. If a student finds any populated information incorrect, they should NOT "SUBMIT" their application until the information is corrected. "SAVE" the application and go directly to your counselor and report the incorrect information. Do not re-enter the application until you know the correction has been made.

Frequently asked questions click here. Tips for applying click here.

- online application opens 2/11
- online application closes 3/4
- scholarship packs (printed applications with all required attachments)
are due to high school counselors by a date they set

Work on application here.


Hard Copy Scholarship Applications

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

Below is a list of 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 stated. 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.

Scholarships Started After the Online
Application Opened

Ridge Career Center Applications

Adult School Applications

  • This application is for Adult school students and encompasses the AMSCOT Scholarship, Casa de la Alianza Dominicana Scholarship, George Jenkins Scholarship, Grenelefe Residents Scholarship, Haines City Northeast Polk County Regional Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, Karla Speight Nursing Scholarship, Krater Family Scholarship, Lakeland High School "Class of 1977" Leadership Award Scholarship, Lakeland Sister Cities International Scholarship, McDonalds of Polk County Scholarship, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union/Rebecca Keith Scholarship, United Way of Central Florida Women’s Leadership Council-Early Childhood Education Scholarship, W.S. Badcock Academic Scholarship, W.S. Badcock Career Education Scholarship, and Woman's Club of Winter Haven Scholarship. Adult School application click here        

Polk Education Association Application

  • This application is for students whose parents are members of the PEA, but the student attends high school outside of Polk County. Click here.

Private School Application

  • This application is for students who attend a Polk County PRIVATE school.  It encompasses the Cleveland Heights 4 Ball Invitational Golf Scholarship, Maxcy Foundation, Inc. Scholarship, George Jenkins Scholarship, Gator Club of Polk County and McDonald's of Polk County Scholarship Private School application click here

AFSCME Local 2227 Application

Polk County ESE Student Applications

  • This application is ONLY for Polk County public and charter school seniors, who are ESE students with testing waivers click here

Karla Speight Nursing Application

Badcock Home Furniture & More Applications

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

Bulletin Board Materials for High School Counselors

Attention High School Guidance Counselors - Below you will find flyers advertising a sampling of the scholarships the Polk Education Foundation offers your graduating high school seniors for the 2015 Scholarship Season. Please feel free to download these flyers for posting in and around the campus to help highlight the opportunities that are available for various majors and/or school choices.


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.