2022-23 Catalog

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 offers scholarship opportunities to students seeking an honors graduation distinction. Initial scholarship eligibility criteria for current offerings is provided at the time of admittance.

Initial Eligibility*

  • Apply to Valencia College and be accepted into the Bridges to Success Program
  • Set up your Atlas Account
  • Recipients must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA (https://studentaid.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 maintain honors scholarship eligible GPA (minimum GPA of 3.25) at the time of award (not offer).
  • Recipients must be seeking an Associate's Degree.
  • Recipients must be accepted into a Seneff Honors College track.
  • Recipients must enroll in and satisfactorily complete at least nine Honors credits during each academic year by the Honors scholarship registration deadline. If you are admitted to the Seneff Honors College for the Spring term, you must enroll in and satisfactorily complete at least three Honors credits during the Spring term. 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. 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 (Fall and Spring) pending satisfaction of renewal criteria and availability of funds.
  • Recipients must make good progress towards graduation in their degree program, their curricular track and satisfy co-curricular requirements as determined by the Honors Director. Recipients must attend three approved co-curricular activities per term in each term the scholarship is received.
  • Recipients must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA (https://studentaid.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 Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress to receive financial aid as outlined in the college catalog.
  • Recipients must maintain honors scholarship eligible GPA (minimum GPA of 3.25).
  • Recipients must enroll in and satisfactorily complete at least nine Honors credits during each academic year and register by the Honors scholarship registration deadline. If you are admitted to the Seneff Honors College for the Spring term, you must enroll in and satisfactorily complete at least three Honors credits during the Spring term. 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. 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).
  • 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.

*NOTE: Dual-enrolled students and students on other institutional scholarships (e.g., Bridges to Success) are ineligible for the Seneff Honors College Scholarship. Other factors may also affect eligibility.  Students are encouraged to contact the Answer Center with financial aid questions and concerns.

Signed Honors Scholarship Agreements must be received in the Honors office by the deadline listed in the recipient's scholarship award notification before the scholarship will post to the recipient's account. Additionally, students must register in courses as outlined above by the registration deadline communicated by the Honors office each term. The initial registration deadline is communicated with the scholarship notification. The deadlines for subsequent terms will be communicated via Atlas e-mail. Failure to return the Honors Scholarship Agreement and/or failure to register in scholarship eligible coursework by the listed deadlines may result in forfeiture of the scholarship for that term. For further information about the Seneff Honors College and available scholarships, visit valenciacollege.edu/honors.

Mayor Richard T. Crotty Transfer Scholarship

The Mayor Richard T. Crotty Transfer Scholarship is funded by the Alumni Associations of Valencia College and the University of Central Florida. The scholarship application is available in February each year and students must have graduated during the academic year the scholarship is awarded. Two students are selected each year to receive up to $5,000 in scholarship funds to pursue a Bachelor's degree at the University of Central Florida. For more information, please contact the Valencia College Foundation at foundationscholarships@valenciacollege.edu.

Bridges to Success

The Bridges to Success award is provided to students who participate in the Bridges to Success Program. The Bridges to Success Program is available to students who may have factors which impact their ability to attend college, high school graduates from Orange or Osceola County are encouraged to apply. Special consideration is given to students who have participated in one of the following Pre-Collegiate Programs:

  • AVID
  • TRIO/Upward Bound
  • McKnight Achievers
  • POPS (Professional Opportunities Program for Students)
  • Parramore Kids Zone (PKZ)

The award will pay for in-state tuition and fees, plus $300 (summer) and $300 (Fall, Spring) per semester for required books and supplies after other financial aid is considered.

Initial Eligibility

  • Apply and be accepted into the Bridges to Success Program
  • High school graduate of an Orange or Osceola County high school
  • Have a minimum 2.75 unweighted academic GPA
  • Must be first-generation college student
  • Complete all the minimum academic courses required by the state of Florida
  • Qualify for Pell Grant as determined by the FAFSA
  • Meet Florida residency requirements
  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch
  • Must have completed PERT exam or have taken SAT/ACT test

Renewal Eligibility

  • Award is renewed if student remains fully engaged with the BTS Program guidelines
  • Completed/Processed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the financial aid deadline
  • Enroll in at least nine credit hours each term
  • Maintain a 2.75 term GPA
  • Complete at least 75% of attempted courses

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.

The Foundation Scholarship Application is available through the Atlas portal, by clicking on the Students tab and selecting Applications under Student Forms or by visiting https://valencia.org/scholarships.php By completing the online application, students will be considered for many competitive scholarships based on this single application.

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.

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

Valencia College receives electronic information about eligible Bight Futures scholars from the Florida Department of Education. You must designate Valencia College as the school you plan to attend by visiting https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org or call 1-888-827-2004.

To be eligible, you must enroll for at least six credits of college-level course work each term. You must be classified as a Florida resident and be a degree-seeking student. You must be a U.S Citizen or eligible non-citizen. Initial award amounts are estimated for purposes of Valencia College’s financial aid award planning. Actual payment depends upon the program regulations and the amount of tuition and fees assessed for the term.

The program has four levels. Each award level has different academic criteria for eligibility. Your financial aid award will reflect an estimate of the maximum amount that would be covered if you increased enrollment in the year. Actual payment will be based on your Bright Future Scholarship award and enrollment.

You may receive only one award:

Florida Academic Scholars Award 

Pays 100% of tuition and state-approved fees for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. The award requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative college-level grade point average to renew; or

Florida Medallion Scholarship 

Pays 100% of tuition and state-approved fees for associate degrees and pays 75% for bachelor degree program and technical certificates. The scholarship is available for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. The award 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 for students in a vocational program (AS degree or Technical Certificate). The award requires a minimum 2.75 cumulative college-level grade point average to renew; or

Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholarship 
Pays up to $48 per credit hour of a career education or certificate program (AS degree or Technical Certificate) tuition for lower division courses. Award is similar to Florida Gold Seal Vocational but requires the student to have completed CAPE industry certifications and service hours to qualify.

*Students who graduate high school in 2012-2013 and later, who are eligible for Gold Seal Vocational cannot receive funding when they are enrolled in an Associate of Arts or Baccalaureate degree program.

Renewal criteria must be met each academic year. Failure to meet the renewal criteria will result in the loss of your Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. For first year students, summer grades and hours earned after spring evaluation may be used if necessary to meet the scholarship renewal requirements of GPA. A student must ask the Financial Aid Office to submit a grade and hours update to the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) indicating the adjusted cumulative GPA and/or hours.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Renewal Requirements

As of 2009-2010, if you withdraw from any course(s) that were paid for by a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, you are responsible for repaying the amount paid by the scholarship for those course(s). If you do not repay for Bright Futures funded classes dropped or withdrawn by the end of the current academic year, you will not be eligible for renewal or funding for the subsequent academic year.

To continue to receive Bright Futures awards, students must meet minimum requirements for credit hours earned. Full-time students must earn 24 semester credit hours in the fall and spring terms. The requirements are prorated for three-quarter-time and part-time students. 

Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) Award Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) Award Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) Award Florida Gold Seal CAPE (GSC)
Minimum Cumulative GPA (unrounded & unweighted) 3.0 2.75 2.75
Minimum Hrs required per Term IF Funded Full Time (12+ hrs) 12 semester hours (earned)*
Minimum Hrs required per Term IF Funded Three-Qtr Time (9-11 hrs) 9 semester hrs (earned)*
Minimum Hrs required per Term IF Funded Half-Time (6-8 hrs) 6 semester hrs (earned)*

* Or equivalent in quarter or clock hours.

Scholarship Appeal Process

If a student does not meet annual renewal requirements, they do have the option of appealing in cases of a verifiable illness or circumstances beyond the student’s control. The student must provide an explanation along with documentation related to the mitigating circumstances for the term(s) in question.

An appeal must be filed within 30 days of the date of the ineligibility notice sent to the student or by the institution’s deadline which is April 30th of the year following the loss of eligibility. Please contact the Financial Aid office on your campus for more information.

For additional details about the Bright Futures program and program regulations, visit https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org

For additional questions regarding the Bright Futures program, visit our Bright Futures Frequently Asked Questions Page.

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: https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.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 service is recommended: fastweb.com.

Valencia College posts information to a scholarship bulletin board at https://valenciacollege.edu/finaid/programs/scholarships/private-scholarships.php

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.

Valencia Grant

This grant is awarded by Financial Aid Services Leadership to provide direct educational expenses for students with unusual circumstances based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other documentation on file.