Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded primarily based on financial need; however, some scholarship programs may not require need. Usually, other factors are also considered, which may include academic talent, performing talent, participation in certain activities or special interests. Scholarship requirements and application procedures vary depending upon the criteria set by the scholarship provider. Many scholarships require a separate application that must be obtained directly from the scholarship provider.

Seneff Honors College Scholarships

The Seneff Honors College awards a limited number of full tuition, non-transferable scholarships to admission candidates who demonstrate academic promise and who commit to one of the four available curriculum tracks: Global Studies track, Interdisciplinary Studies track, Leadership track, and Undergraduate Research track. All eligible students who apply for the Seneff Honors College will be considered for scholarship awards. Scholarships cover up to 15 credits per term (excluding lab fees) and are renewable for up to three terms. You must be eligible for the Florida resident tuition rate to be awarded a scholarship. 

Initial Eligibility

  • Recipients must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/) so that processed results are available prior to the start of term. If selected for verification, this must be satisfied prior to the start of the term for your scholarship to award. Note: To complete a FAFSA, you must be an eligible US citizen or eligible non-citizen for financial aid purposes (students in F-1 or J-1 visa status are not eligible for the scholarship). Please allow at least 3 weeks for processing. 
  • Recipients must meet Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Purposes.
  • Recipients must be seeking an Associate in Arts Degree.
  • Recipients must be accepted into a Seneff Honors College track.
  • Recipients must enroll in at least nine credits during each award term including one Honors class. Failure to meet this requirement at the end of the drop/refund period will result in revocation of your scholarship for that term and your term fees will become due to the college immediately.
  • Recipients must register for and satisfactorily complete at least one honors class needed to fulfill track requirements each award term. Contact the Honors Director or an honors advisor with questions about necessary classes.  Note: Withdrawal from any course may result in adjustment of your term financial aid (not just your Honors scholarship).

Renewal Eligibility

  • The scholarship is renewed on a term-by-term basis, up to three terms maximum.
  • Recipients must make good progress towards graduation in a curricular track and satisfy co-curricular requirements as determined by the Honors Director. 
  • Recipients must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/) each academic year so that processed results are available prior to the start of the term.  If selected for verification, this must be satisfied prior to the start of the term for your scholarship to award. Note: To complete a FAFSA, you must be an eligible US citizen or eligible non-citizen for financial aid purposes. Please allow at least 3 weeks for processing. 
  • Recipients must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to receive financial aid as outlined in the college catalog.
  • Recipients must continue to be seeking an Associate's Degree. Once degree requirements have been met students are no longer eligible for the scholarship regardless of awarding of degree.
  • Recipients must enroll in at least nine credits during each award term including one Honors class. Failure to meet this requirement at the end of the drop/refund period will result in revocation of your scholarship for that term and your term fees will become due to the college immediately.
  • Recipients must maintain eligibility to be a student in the Seneff Honors College (minimum GPA of 3.25).
  • Recipients must complete at least 75% of attempted credits to be renewed in subsequent terms. 

All students receiving any form of financial aid must meet the standards of academic progress as outlined by the federal government. See valenciacollege.edu/finaid/programs/satisfactory_progress.cfm for satisfactory academic progress criteria or refer to the SAP section of this catalog.

Signed Honors Scholarship Agreements must be received in the Honors office by the deadline listed in the recipient's scholarship award notification before the scholarsip will post to the recipient's account. Failure to return the Honors Scholarship Agreement by the listed deadline will result in forfeiture of the scholarship for that term. For further information about the Seneff Honors College and available scholarships, visit valenciacollege.edu/honors.

Performing Arts Scholarships

Scholarships will be available to students engaged in performing arts activities including, but not limited to, art, drama and music.

The Academic Dean or Program Director will forward selection recommendations to the Director of Financial Aid Services for final approval and awarding. Recipients must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to receiving funding.

Alumni Two Plus Two Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Alumni Associations of Valencia College and the University of Central Florida. This award is made each year to a single high school graduate selected from nominations made by each high school principal in Orange and Osceola counties. The recipient may receive up to $4,000 in scholarship funds during the pursuit of an Associate degree at Valencia followed by a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida.

Road Map to Success Award

Students are eligible for this award if they are degree-seeking and are currently enrolled in SLS 1122 NEW STUDENT EXPERIENCE. Students can earn points toward the award by completing activities outside of class that will help ensure their success in college. Awards are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Time restrictions apply and dual enrollment students are not eligible. To be considered for this award, a student should visit any campus Answer Center.

Bridges to Success

This scholarship is awarded to students who participate in the Bridges to Success Program. The Bridges to Success Program is available to disadvantaged high school graduates from Orange or Osceola County high schools. Admission to Bridges to Success is selective, limited and requires enrollment beginning in summer following high school graduation. Interested students must submit a Bridges to Success application by the January deadline.

The Bridges to Success scholarship will pay for in-state tuition and fees, plus up to $300 per term for required books and supplies; however, other financial aid awarded to the student will be considered as the amount of aid awarded to a student cannot exceed the full cost of attendance.

Initial Eligibility

  • Apply and be accepted to Valencia.
  • Apply and be accepted into the Bridges to Success Program.
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that results are received prior to the start of classes.
  • Meet Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Purposes.
  • Seek an A.A., A.A.S. or A.S. Degree.
  • Enroll in at least six credit hours during the Summer Term following high school graduation.

Renewal Eligibility

  • Scholarship is renewed on a term-by-term basis.
  • Active participation in Bridges to Success activities and the recommendation of the Program Director will be required.
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that results are received prior to the start of classes each year.
  • Enroll in at least nine credit hours each term.
  • Maintain a minimum overall 2.5 grade point average each term.
  • Complete at least 75% of attempted credits.

Valencia Foundation Scholarships

The Valencia Foundation offers privately-funded scholarships to help students achieve their dreams of attaining a college education. Many students are working to build better lives for themselves and their families, and the foundation’s donors are committed to help make a difference for Valencia’s students. While many donors prefer to award scholarships through their own application processes, some have asked Valencia’s Scholarship Committee to screen and select the recipients.

The Foundation Scholarship Application and information on specific scholarships may be found at valencia.org. Using the application form, the student will be considered for many competitive scholarships based on this single application.

The deadline for submitting applications to the Scholarship Committee is August 31, 2013. If no qualified applicants are found among the pool for a particular scholarship, an extension of the deadline may be granted for that particular scholarship and it will be advertised in campus publications. New scholarships are donated throughout the year and may also become available.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

This is a state scholarship awarded to Florida high school graduates who demonstrate high academic achievement. Awards are issued by the State of Florida directly to the eligible student.

The program has three levels. Each award level has different academic criteria for eligibility. You may receive only one award:

Florida Academic Scholars Award (pays up to $63 per credit hour of college-level tuition for lower-division courses and $71 per credit hour for upper-division courses) requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative college-level grade point average to renew; or

Florida Medallion Scholarship (pays up to $63 per credit hour of college-level tuition for lower-division courses and $53 per credit hour for upper-division) requires a minimum 2.75 cumulative college-level grade point average to renew; or

Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (pays up to $48 per credit hour of vocational program tuition for lower-division courses) requires a minimum 2.75 cumulative college-level grade point average to renew.

Renewal for each award level also requires completion of at least six credits of college-level course work each term.

The top-ranked scholar from each county will receive an additional award of up to $1,500.

Applications and eligibility criteria are available from your high school guidance office or from the Florida Department of Education Web site: www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org.

Valencia receives electronic information about eligible Valencia scholars from the Florida Department of Education. You must designate Valencia as the school you plan to attend and must enroll for at least six credits of college-level course work each term. You must be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes and be a degree-seeking student. Initial award amounts are estimated for purposes of Valencia’s financial aid award planning. Actual payment depends upon the program regulations and the amount of tuition and fees assessed for the term.

The scholarship will cover the designated percentage of in-state, college-level tuition and fees for a maximum of 45 credits of course work each year. It is available in Fall and Spring Terms only. Your financial aid award will reflect an estimate of the maximum amount that would be covered if you used all 45 credits in the year. Actual payment will be based on your actual tuition charges.

Bright Futures awards are available for Fall and Spring Terms only and will not cover the required technology fee.

If you withdraw from any course(s) that were paid for by a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, you are responsible for repaying the cost of tuition and fees for those course(s).

For additional details about the Bright Futures program and program regulations, visit www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org.

Other Florida Scholarships Offered by the Florida Department of Education

The Florida Department of Education offers a number of scholarships for Florida residents. Please consult the Florida Department of Education Web site: www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org.

Outside Private Scholarships

Many clubs and organizations offer scholarships to college students. Students can obtain information about these awards from high school guidance offices, libraries, or from the Internet. The following FREE Internet scholarship search services are recommended: fastweb.com and cashe.com.

Valencia posts information to a scholarship bulletin board at valenciacollege.edu/finaid.

If you or your family belong to any social, civic, ethnic, religious, professional or service groups, you should contact them. They often have educational assistance programs that are not advertised. Also, employers often have educational assistance plans for employees and/or dependents.