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College Board

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity by providing information about college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT® and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®).

Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid is money to help pay for college or career school. There are four main ways to look for money to help pay for your post-secondary education: Federal Aid, State Aid, Institutional Aid (from the college or career school), and Scholarships.


Bright Futures Scholarship Program

IRSC Stars – The Indian River State College Foundation awards more than $1.9 Million annually to deserving IRSC students.

Education Foundation

Discover colleges and earn scholarships for academic and extracurricular achievements throughout high school.

These bite-sized scholarships are called “Micro-Scholarships”. When students add achievements to their Portfolio on, they could be eligible to earn Micro-Scholarships towards partner colleges. These achievements can include good grades, participating in clubs, playing on a sports team, volunteering, or even starting a club. They can include AP or IB courses, honors classes, and college-level courses, too.

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Scholarships 2022-23

NameOrganizationCategoryDescriptionHow to applyDeadlineAmount
The Future is Now: Your Voice, Your VoteDoSomethingAges 13-25The Future is Now: Your Voice, Your Vote | DoSomething.orgOctober 14, 2022$500
Heisman High School ScholarshipWendy'sSeniors; AthleteThe scholarship recognizes and rewards both male and female high school athletes who are community-minded and driven to use their exceptional talents for the benefit of allHeisman High School Scholarship ( 18, 2022$1K, $2K, $10K
Golden Doors ScholarsGolden Doors ScholarsDACA, TPS, or Undocumented studentsGDS believe immigration status should not determine opportunity. Tenacity & hardwork should. The scholarship program offers financial aid as well as career readiness support, mentorship, and a diverse community.Apply-now — Scholarship for Undocumented Students - Golden Door ScholarsOctober 23, 2022Four Year tuition at GDS Partner School
Coca-ColaCoca-Cola Scholarships Scholar ProgramSeniorsStudents are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Min. 3.0 GPA 31, 2022$20,000
George W. Jenkins ScholarshipUniversity of MiamiSeniorsParticipation in school or community activities, a strong work ethic, and a history of overcoming significant adversity will be considered. 3.75 unweighted GPA on a 4.0 Nominations Due; 11/7/2022 Essays Due; 11/15/2022 FAFSA & CSS Profile dueFull Tuition (for 4 years)
Hispanic Heritage Youth AwardsHispanic Heritage FoundationSeniors; unweighted 3.0 GPA; Be of hispanic heritage (including Brazil, Spain, & Phillipines); US Citizen NOT requiredthe Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Engineering, Green Sustainability, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Public Service & Social Justice, and Technology.Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards - WelcomeNovember 13, 2022up to $4K
Most Valuable Student ScholarshipElks National FoundationSeniorsApplicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. 14, 2022$4K-$50K over 4 years
The Cooke College ScholarshipJack Kent Cooke FoundationSeniorsUnweighted 3.5 GPA, Selected based on academic ability and achievement, leadership, perserverence, and unmet financial needvia Common App/ info at www.jkcf.orgNovember 17, 2022up to $55K per year
AvaCare Medical ScholarshipAvaCare Medical Semior, 3.0 GPA, US Citizen or have an alien reg. cardThis scholarship is awarded annually to one submission that tells about an inspiring act of kindness. Must be pursuing a degree in the medical field such as therapy, nursing, medicine, nutrition, dentistry, health lawAvaCare Medical Scholarship | AvaCare MedicalDecember 15, 2022September 26, 1902
Burger King ScholarsBurger King FoundationSeniors 15, 2022
Equitable Excellence ScholarshipEquitable FoundationSeniors; US Citizens or Legal ResidentsFinancial need is a MUST for this scholarship. Students will be selected based on academic record, work experience, an essay, leadership in community events, and unusual personal/family circumstancesEquitable Excellence℠ Scholarship Program ( 16, 2022$2,500 to $20,000
Sleep Family ScholarshipSleep FamilySeniors; 2.5 GPA; must have a medically recognized physical or mental disabilityOur hope is that by removing certain financial obstacles, students with disabilities can focus more on school and the college experience rather than thinking about how they will cover costs to make ends meet 31, 2022February 8, 1904
Florida Eastern Star Grant ProgramThe Grand Chapter of Florida Order of the Eastern StarSeniorsWhile GPA is, of course, important, the primary focus of the grant program is a student's desire for a career or vocation and a need for these funds.Download application from the Florida Eastern Star Grant Program folder under the 2022-2023 filesJanuary 1, 2023Varies
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship ProgramRonald Reagan Presidential FoundationSeniors Rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. 5, 2023$10K/year;up to $40,000
Ron Brown ScholarshipRon Brown Scholarship ProgramSeniors, Black/African American, US Citizen or Permanent ResidentAdvancing higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. Looking for the most talented economically-challenged seniors who demonstrate an interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship, and global citizenship. Must intend to attend an accredited four-year college or university.Ron Brown Scholarship - Ron Brown Scholar ProgramJanuary 9, 2023$10K/year;up to $40,000
Jackie Robinson Foundation SholarshipJackie Robinson FoundationGraduating, minority senior; US Citizen, financial needThe Jackie Robinson Foundation provides a multi-faceted experience designed to not only address the financial needs of students who aspire to attend college but to guide them through the process of higher education. 11, 2023Varies
MPOWER Global Citizen ScholarshipMPOWER Financing Qualifications for all scholarships include strong academic programs, community service, and recommendations.Global Citizen Scholarship - MPOWER FinancingJanuary 15, 2023$2K-$10K
Asian & Pacific Islander American ScholarshipAPIA Scholars ProgramSeniors, US Citizen, National, or Legal Permanent Resident; 2.7 GPA; Must complete FAFSAStudents of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage of financial need and the first in their family to attend college.APIA Scholars 2023-2024 Scholarship Application ( 19, 2023$2500-$20,000
FREF ScholarshipFlorida Retired Educators FoundationSeniorsThe Florida Retired Educators Foundation (FREF) has established a fund to assist the many young people who are interested in teaching, but unable to fulfill this goal without financial assistance. Unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher Minimum test scores –SAT - 1000 or ACT – 22 Must attend an accredited Florida college/university Must teach in Florida, following graduation. A copy of the OFFICIAL FLORIDA PROFESSIONAL TEACHING CERTIFICATE must be sent to the State FREA Office. The scholarship requires recipients to teach in the State of Florida for one year for every year the scholarship was awarded. If not, they must repay any scholarship monies received. 20 ,2023 Application Due; January 31, 2023 Supplemental Docs due$1,000 per year;up to 4 years
VariousIRSC FoundationSeniorsVia IRSC Workday or see School Counselor for How to Apply Flyer or View How to Apply Flyer under the 2023-2023 filesJanuary 31, 2023Various
Phyllis G. Meekins ScholarshipLPGA FoundationSeniors, Female, Minority Background, Playing golf at collegiate levelThe Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship - LPGA Foundation ( 31 ,2023$5K
Michelle Obama Award for Memoir plus 3 othersPenguin Random HouseSeniors at a public high schoolThis signature program continues to empower and celebrate hundreds of young writers each year and underscores our unwavering commitment to identifying and nurturing new literary talent. Submit one original literary composition in English in one of the following genres of poetry, spoken word, fiction/drama or personal essay/memoir.Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards ( 1, 2023 (or when 1000 applications received)$10K
Arts for Life! ScholarshipArts for Life!SeniorsHigh school seniors who demonstrate academic and artistic excellence in creative writing, dance, drama, music or the visual arts.Arts For Life AwardFebruary 6, 2023$1,000
McDonald's HACER National ScholarshipMcDonaldsSeniors; One parent of Hispanic heritageThe scholarship recipients are selected based on: academic achievement, financial need, community involvement, & personali qualities and stengths as portrayed in a personal interview 6, 2023$25,000
Jimmy Rane ScholarshipsJimmy Rane FoundationSeniors; 3.0 GPA; US Citizen/permanent residentHigh school seniors with demonstrated financial need who exhibit academic excellence leadership skills and community involvement.About | Jimmy Rane Foundation2/6/2023/Recommendation Deadline 2/13/2023$500-$5,000/year; renewable
ACB Scholarship ProgramAmerican Council of the BlindSeniors, 3.0GPA, legally blindThis program awards students with scholarships to help with post-secondary education financial needs such as tuition, fees, room and board and other additional costs associated with assistive technology.ACB Scholarship Program | American Council of the BlindFebruary 14, 2023$2000-$7500
John E. Donahue, P.E., Walter B. England III, P.E., and Ray H. White, Jr., P.E. Memorial ScholarshipsFlorida Engineering SocietySeniors, 3.0GPA (on 4.0 scale), Interested in pursuing engineering as a major/careerDownload application from the Florida Engineering Society folder under the 2022-2023 filesFebruary 15, 2023$1,000
Heroes' Legacy ScholarshipFisher House FoundationSeniors; 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale), had a parent who was active duty on or after September 11, 2001 (and passed away, became disabled, or received total and permament compensation rating of 100% from the Dept. of Defense)The Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships program honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship - Fisher House FoundationFebruary 15, 2023$2,000
Scholarships for Military ChildrenFisher House FoundationSeniors; 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale); must have Uniformed Services Identification (USID) card, student's parent must be active duty, reserve/guard, deceased, or retired from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Space ForceThe Scholarships for Military Children Program was created to recognize the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community.Scholarships for Military Children - Fisher House FoundationFebruary 15, 2023$2,000
The Vegetarian Resource ScholarshipThe Vegetarian Resource GroupSeniorsApplicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.College Scholarship Information ( 20, 20231 @ $10K and 2 @ $5K
Scholars Helping Collars ScholarshipP.L.A.Y (Pet Lifestyle And You)SeniorsWe know there are plenty of young minds out there that are equally passionate about helping animals in need, so in an effort to encourage them and promote this cause P.L.A.Y. will be awarding our seventh annual $1,500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior (2022-2023) who best exemplifies our core beliefs.The 2022 Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship by P.L.A.Y. ( 27. 2023$200-$1,500
TheDream.US National ScholarshipTheDream.USSeniors; 2.5 GPA; undocumented immigrant students with or without DACA or TPS who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and before Nov. 1, 2017. We think of our National Scholarship as the “Pell Grant” for highly motivated undocumented students with significant, unmet financial need. While we consider your GPA, we place great emphasis on your demonstrated commitment to community service and your ability to overcome the barriers and challenges that undocumented students face each and every day.National Scholarship - TheDream.UsFebruary 28, 2023up to $16,500 for an associate’s or up to $33,000 for a bachelor’s degree at one of our National Partner Colleges
TCCS ScholarshipTreasure Coast Community SingersSeniors; Music Education majorsDownload application from the Treasure Coast Community Singers folder under the 2022-2023 filesMarch 1, 2023 (available November 1, 2022)
The Brown Hudner Scholarship FoundationMarine Corps Scholarship FoundationSeniors; child of an active duty, reserve, honorably discharged, or fallen US Navy Sailor; 2.0 GPA, planning to pursue a degree in STEM or Health Science; family adjusted gross income of $112,000 or less 1, 2023Average award amount $3,800
General ScholarshipThe American Legion Department of FloridaSeniors, direct descendant of a veteran (w/ American Legion affiliation)The American Legion, Department of Florida offers many scholarship opportunities for High School Students, which are focused on Veteran and Military influences.See School Counselor for applicationMarch 1, 2023$500-$2,500
American Chemical Society Scholars ProgramAmerican Chemical SocietySeniors; Historically underrepresented groups 1, 2023$1K-$5K/year
Life Lessons ScholarshipLife HappensSeniors; Experienced the death of a parent/legal guardianA college education is already a major financial challenge for most American families, but it becomes infinitely more difficult for a student when a parent dies, leaving little or no life insurance.Recognizing the character and perseverance that so many young people show in the face of such adversity, Life Happens sponsors the annual Life Lessons Scholarship Program for college students and college-bound high school seniors.Life Lessons Scholarship Program – Life HappensMarch 1, 2023
Community Impact ScholarshipThe Law Office of Jerry D. Andrews, P.C.Seniors. 3.5 GPA, US Citizen/Permanent Resident, Be at least 18 years oldAttorney Andrews’ experience as a personal injury lawyer has granted him a unique perspective on the importance of community. We need our communities today more than ever, and Attorney Andrews is taking this opportunity to recognize students who have sacrificed their time and energy to give back to their communities through acts of service.Community Impact Scholarship | Jerry D. Andrews, P.C. Scholarship ( 2, 2023$2,500
General ScholarshipAmercian Legion Auxilary Post 318Seniors; Female Selection will be based on letters of reference, current classes, one short essay, one long essay "What a Veteran Means to Me", and your college/career plans.Download application from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 318 folder under 2022-2023 files OR See School CounselorMarch 7, 2023$1,000 (5 winners)
Links ScholarshipTreasure Coast Chapter of The LinksSeniors; 3.0 unweighted GPA, financial needThe awards are intended to provide recognition and financial support for qualified students in St. Lucie, Indian River, and Martin CountiesSee School Counselor for applicationMarch 15, 2023$1,000
Sons of Italy: Port St. Lucie Chapter ScholarshipSons of Italy/Local ChapterSeniors; Italian descentThis scholarship is designed to benefit worthy students of Italian descent that display academic excellence, leadership qualities and a financial need. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, financial need and participation in school and community programs.See School Counselor for applicationMarch 15, 2023$1500/year; up to 2 years
The Florida Foundation ScholarshipGrand Lodge of Florida Order Sons of Italy in AmericaSeniors; Italian descentThis scholarship is designed to benefit worthy students of Italian descent that display academic excellence, leadership qualities and a financial need. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, financial need and participation in school and community or See School Counselor for applicationMarch 15, 2023$2,000
State Scholarship and National ScholarshipHoratio Alger AssociationJuniors; Adjusted Family Gross Income of $55,000 or lower; 2.0 GPA or higher the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.State Scholarships – Horatio Alger Association StudentsMarch 15, 2023$10,000 (state) or $25,000 (national)
VariousSt Lucie Education FoundationSeniors; additional requirements vary based on scholarshipSt. Lucie Education Foundation, Inc. - Scholarships ( 21, 2023Varies
Education Scholarship ProgramDisabled American Veterans Auxiliary Seniors; 2.5 GPA, Download application from the DAV Auxiliary folder under the 2022-2023 folder (must be mailed or emailed to 24, 2023$750-$2,500
Beyond the Cure Ambassador ScholarshipThe National Children's Cancer SocietySeniors; A childhood cancer survivor under the age of 25 and diagnosed before the age of 18; US CitizenOver $2 million has been awarded to 227 childhood cancer survivors to help them fulfill their future dreams.Download application from their site: or download application from the Beyond the Cure folder under the 2022-2023 folderMarch 31, 2023$5,000
Mesothelioma.Com ScholarshipMesothelioma.ComSeniors; US Citizen; 3.2 GPA; Someone impacted by cancer (self or family member)We know how devastating a cancer diagnosis can be. Through our work with mesothelioma patients and their loved ones, we recognize the mental, emotional and financial strain this disease can Scholarship | For Those Affected by CancerMarch 31, 2023$4,000
Dominica-America ScholarshipDASCIgraduating senior in a public High School in Port St. Lucie or the St. Lucie County area, who is African American or of non-Hispanic Caribbean descentDownload application from the DASCI folder under the 2022-2023 folder (must be mailed in: Dominica-America Scholarship & Culture, Inc. (DASCI) PO Box 360246, Melbourne, FL 32936) April 30, 2023$1,000
The Spanish American Club, Inc ScholarshipThe Spanish American Club, IncSeniors; One parent of Hispanic heritageSee School Counselor for applicationMay 1, 2023$500 & $1000
American Muslim Alliance of Florida ScholarshipAMAF, Inc.Seniors; 3.0 GPA; Open to ALL faiths and racesDownload application from the American Muslim Alliance of FL folder under the 2022-2023 folder (or see your school counselor)May 8, 2023$500 & $1000
The Spirit of Dru ScholarshipDru ProjectSeniorsScholarships are given to students who truly exemplify Drew's spirit and desire for unity, inclusion, and love. 15, 2023 (available March 15, 2023)$5,000
Actuarial Diversity ScholarshipThe Actuarial FoundationSeniors; at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the following minority groups (Black/African American, Latinx, Native North American, or Pacific Islander); min. ACT Math score of 28 OR min. SAT Math score of 620; intent on pursuing actuarial careerThe Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students. The scholarship award recognizes and encourages the academic achievements of full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession.Actuarial Diversity Scholarship - The Actuarial FoundationJune 1, 2023$1,000
Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial ScholarshipBaron & Budd AttorneysSeniorMesothelioma cancers, as well as other terminal cancers, have an impact well beyond the victim alone. How has receiving a cancer diagnosis for you or your loved one impacted your life? How did it impact you while your loved one was fighting their illness? What hardships did you or your family experience? How will this scholarship help you to reach your academic goals?Baron & Budd - Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarships ( 12, 2023$2,500
Spirit of Giving ScholarshipWine Country Gift BasketsSeniors The Wine Country Gift Baskets Spirit of Giving Scholarship is our way of encouraging acts of kindness, service and giving so they remain an important part of our future.Spirit of Giving Scholarship | Wine Country Gift BasketsJuly 31, 2023$1,000
Education Foundation Scholarship GuideSt. Lucie County Education FoundationSeniorsThe St. Lucie County Education Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to senior students graduating from St. Lucie County public high schools.

Federal Aid

Federal Student Aid plays a central and essential role in supporting postsecondary education by providing money for college to eligible students and families. FASFA partners with postsecondary schools, financial institutions and others to deliver services that help students and families who are paying for college.

Each year, the FAFSA opens October 1st for seniors to complete at:

  • All seniors are to complete the 2022-2023 application if they are attending a university, college, technical college, or enlisting in the military.
    • If you are planning on starting in the summer you will also complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA application
  • All seniors need to complete the FAFSA during the fall of their senior year.
  • Some colleges have priority FAFSA deadlines-Submit your FAFSA in October to try and earn the most money possible for college!
  • Many colleges will not consider you for merit aid unless you complete the FAFSA! Apply even if you don’t think you will qualify!


State Aid

The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) State Programs, within the Florida Department of Education, administers a variety of post-secondary educational state-funded grants and scholarships, and provides information to students, parents, and high school and postsecondary professionals.

The FFAA (Florida Financial Aid Application) is a free application that could help seniors qualify for state grants and scholarships and also includes the Bright Futures Scholarship.


Institutional Aid

Institutional aid, unlike federal or state aid, is money from your college or university. It is often available to incoming students (seniors) as well as current students at the college.

The first step to applying for institutional aid is completing the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Many colleges and universities use this form to determine what need-based aid, grants, loans, or scholarships they may offer a student.

Check the financial aid websites of the colleges/universities you are applying to for information regarding priority deadlines and additional scholarship applications.

For example:

IRSC Financial Aid Website:

IRSC Foundation Website: IRSC Foundation – Scholarships