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Scholarship FAQ

Any high school senior who attends a Pinellas County High School, public or private, may apply for the CFY SPC Scholarship which is only for students who plan to attend St. Petersburg College.

Applications are to be completed online through the CFY selecting the appropriate area on the application for the CFY SPC Scholarship Program during the open application period.   If an applicant is unable to access a computer to complete the application or otherwise requires special accommodations, a student representative/counselor must communicate this to the CFY office. The application includes essay questions and when prompted the applicant must complete to be considered.
Applications are submitted to the CFY SPC Scholarship Committee for a blind review process (all identifying information about the student and family removed.) Upon review of the completed application and essay, top applicants are determined by the committee.
Yes, all applicants will receive decision communication.

Scholarships are awarded to cover the cost of tuition (30 credits per year) and books only and is valued at $9,000 for the two years. Scholarships are payable over the first two years of schooling provided the applicant has met all criteria for first- and second-year funding.

Unlike other CFY fundraising/impact efforts, sponsors of the CFY SPC Scholarship Program benefactor has chosen to make a donation that will directly impact an individual student, rather than a broader community impact. It is important to thank them for their support and the impact it will make and is making on your educational journey.
Scholarship funds are issued directly to the recipient’s St. Peterburg College account using the information provided on the Scholarship Disbursement Form, distributed upon award and due no later than June 30th. Scholarships are then paid out in 2 increments in July prior to the start of the student’s first two years, each 50% of the total award.

Scholarship funds may be used for tuition (30 credits per year), books only. It is the students responsibility to work with your school to apply funds appropriately.  Failure to do so may result in withholding of future funds.  Any unused funds are to be returned to CFY.

Since this approval for is for St. Petersburg College only it is nontransferable. A written (email) submission showing withdrawal must be sent to to remain in good standing with CFY. The student is responsible for requesting a refund from St. Petersburg College, payable to CFY to remain in good standing with CFY.

To avoid forfeited scholarship funds, a written (email) submission indicating you are taking time off must be sent to Scholarship commitments by CFY are good for three years following high school graduation and will be withdrawn and funds awarded to another deserving student in the next cycle.

Please allow anywhere from 2-6 weeks from the check date for processing. Checks are issued using the information provided exactly as it is on the Scholarship Disbursement Form, so it is the responsibility of the recipient to ensure correct school and personnel detail. If SPC still states that the funds have not been received beyond a reasonable time frame, please email with your name, the name and your student ID. We will respond via email with your check number and date to be provided to the financial aid office for research.

Students are required to submit the following by June 15th to following their first year to avoid delays in their second-year funding:

  • Official transcript showing full time status and grade point average
  • A thank you letter to the donor including an update on what the first-year experience has meant to your development
  • Fall course schedule
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