April 14, 2022 – Santa Fe College is investing an additional $500,000 in scholarships for non-traditional students to remove barriers to college enrollment and achievement. These new scholarships are in addition to the $1.5 million awarded annually by the SF Foundation. Anticipated scholarship outcomes include expanding the region’s college-going culture, improving student success, and increasing economic and social mobility.
Based on student and community feedback, the new scholarships were created to address the needs of these underserved students. In mid-April, the electronic application will open for the following new Board of Trustees scholarships:
- Adult Education Scholarship: Helps community members prepare for the GED exam through the College’s Educational Opportunity Center.
- Baccalaureate Scholarship: Supports community members who have already earned an associate’s degree go on to pursue a baccalaureate degree at SF.
- Family Support Scholarship: Assists community members who serve as caretakers for elderly or disabled adult relatives.
- Finish at the Top/Last Mile Scholarship: Supports SF students who previously stopped out but only need 12 credit hours or less to graduate.
- Gap Scholarship: Assists currently enrolled SF students who need funding to complete prerequisites to transfer into the university of their choice.
- Part-Time Scholarship: Provides support to community members who are unable to take a full load of classes, but are committing to earning a degree on a part-time basis.
- Workforce Continuing Education Scholarship: Provides job skills and certification in preparation for employment in specific high-demand areas. Supports non-degree seeking students in the college’s Continuing Education program.
- Study Abroad Scholarship: Help students participate in SF’s study abroad experiences.
- International “SOS” – Student Opportunity Scholarship: Assists international students at SF on an F-1 or F-2 student visa who are experiencing a crisis beyond their control.
- SF International Resident Scholarship: Assists international students with financial need who are not studying with an F-1 or F-2 student visa.
To apply, please go to https://www.sfcollege.edu/fa/scholarships/college-scholarships/. Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) is an eligibility component for most of the scholarships.
In addition to these new scholarships for non-traditional students, Santa Fe College developed the SF Achieve program to foster a college-going culture in the local community. Students attending public high schools in Alachua and Bradford counties may participate in the program.