Scholarship Information

Scholarships are gifts. They don't need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

Attention SENIORS!! Here are some dates to note:

  • 2021-2022 FAFSA Deadlines
    • Federal Deadline: Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2022. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 14, 2022.
  • FAFSA Notes the following State of Florida Deadline: Florida May 15, 2021, (Date Processed) For:
    • Rosewood Family Scholarship
      • 1. Submit a completed, error-free Florida Financial Aid Application by April 1, 2021 (opened October 1, 2020). Applicants will be ranked by their application submission date, if necessary.
      • 2. Provide copies of documents of ancestry by April 1, 2021.
      • 3. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online in time to be processed error-free by the U.S. Department of Education on or before May 15, 2021.
    • Jose Marti Challenge Grant Fund or Florida Farmworker Scholarship
    • 1. Submit a completed, error-free Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) by April 1, 2021 (available October 1, 2020). Applicants will be ranked by their application submission date, if necessary.
    • 2. Demonstrate a minimum of $2,000 in financial need by timely completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to be processed error-free by the U.S. Department of Education on or before May 15, 2021.
  • College Deadlines: Each college may have a different deadline. Check with the college(s) your students are interested in attending. You may also want to ask colleges about the definition of an application deadline – whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA or the date your FAFSA is processed.

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is currently open, Juniors must opt-in and complete the first step by June 30, 2021 in order to remain eligible for the $40,000 scholarship! 

  • Since 2018, nearly one million students have joined this program, which provides students with a digital college planning guide and chances to earn $500 for each action they complete.  When students complete all six steps, they earn a chance at a $40,000 scholarship.  Students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year have double the chances to earn scholarships.
  • 25 students in the Class of 2021 were surprised on Good Morning America with being notified as a winner of a $40,000 scholarship!   Video: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/living/story/kids-surprised-college-scholarships-apply-76770877
  • The earlier juniors get started, the more opportunities to earn scholarships!  Between January and June, we will award $500 scholarships to 3,000 juniors who build a college list or practice for the SAT.  All students can earn one of these scholarships, even students who never dreamt they could get a scholarship.
    • Winners ($ Total)
      • Hernando County Schools      68     4 ($2,000)
      • CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL         6
      • F W SPRINGSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL      35         3 ($1,500)
      • HERNANDO HIGH SCHOOL        9         1 ($500)
      • NATURE COAST TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL       10
      • WEEKI WACHEE HIGH SCHOOL        8
  • High school juniors can visit cb.org/opportunity to join.  This year, the College Board Opportunity Scholarships is introducing some changes, all to support more students with planning and paying for college, especially in these challenging times:
    • More Winners: Starting with the class of 2022, the program will recognize even more students.  More than 7,000 students will earn a scholarship each year, nearly double the number of winners recognized in previous years. 
    • New Explore Scholarships Step: There is a new step to help students find other scholarships that may be a good fit for them.  Students can earn chances at $500 scholarships by exploring a personalized list of scholarships and other aid on College Board Scholarship Search. 
    • Practice for the SAT Step: This simplified step guides students to get started with personalized skill recommendations, a best practice behavior associated with higher score gains. Students can become eligible for $500 scholarships by completing one Timed Mini Section or one Diagnostic Quiz on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.
  • Next Steps
    • Access Educator Resources:  Visit this page to find resources for educators, including this student flyer, educator flyer and presentation deck.
    • Promote the Pledge:  Counselors and other educators who take this Pledge will receive our free digital toolkit and monthly tips and resources to support students with each scholarship step.
    • Spread the Word:  Share this video with juniors and their families to introduce the program.  Once juniors sign up, they can become eligible right away for $500 scholarships by building a college list and starting practice on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.