The College Fund provides funds to supplement the college scholarships of qualified students. Grants are $1,000 per school year ($500 per semester) until the student receives a maximum of $4,000 or graduates with a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first; however, retention in the program is dependent upon a review of student grades, course load, and financial need after each semester. Our sponsored students have attended colleges and universities throughout Florida and the nation.
Minimum Requirements for a Grant
To qualify for a grant from the College Fund, a student must meet four criteria:
1. Be a U.S. citizen with permanent home address in Pinellas County.
2. Be a high school graduate with a grade point average of at least 3.00, or Be a current or former college student who has demonstrated the ability to complete at least 12 hours in a single term (semester, quarter, etc.) in courses credited toward graduation and with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
3. Be a full time (i.e., taking or planning to take a minimum of 12 hours credited toward graduation* which cannot include remedial courses**) undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor's degree in a regionally accredited (e.g., Southern Association of Colleges & Schools) college or university, and
4. Be a recipient of a Pell Grant.
How to Apply
Students who meet the foregoing four requirements who wish to apply for the fall 2020 - spring 2021 school year should print out and complete the application form and mail it with the required attachments indicated on the form to:
The College Fund of Pinellas County, Inc.
P.O. Box 7425
Seminole, FL 33775
When to Apply
To enhance their chances of being scheduled for an interview, new applicants (i.e., students who have not received a College Fund grant in the current or preceding semester) should submit their application as soon as possible after the spring 2020 college semester (or after 2020 graduation for high school students). Applications must be accompanied by a transcript which includes spring 2020 grades, a financial aid notice from the college showing that they have received a Pell grant for the fall 2020 - spring 2021 school year, and a one-page essay telling us about themselves and their career and life goals. No applications will be accepted after 32 interview slots are filled or July 17, 2020, whichever comes first. Applications must be complete with accompanying GPA and financial aid documentation from the school and a one-page essay in order to be considered at all.