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Richard O. Jacobson Postsecondary Scholarship Program
Richard O. Jacobson Foundation


Since 2013, CFY has facilitated over $900,000 in scholarships through the Richard O. Jacobson (ROJ) Postsecondary Scholarship Program, named for Mr. Jacobson who was instrumental in the growth of CFY and unwavering in his support of area youth. Through this program, CFY matches community sponsors to aspiring Pinellas County High School seniors seeking to further their education through local and national colleges, universities (except St. Petersburg College), trade, and vocational schools. The annual application period is from November 15 – January 23 of each year.

The application must be submitted using the form on the CFY website, with only rare exceptions made for students with extenuating circumstances in which their access to a computer and internet are impeded. CFY will provided the  ROJ Points and Pointers document, which is a list of tips for applicants to access. Also provided will be ROJ Scholarship Sponsor Narrative for additional Information for the applicants as why CFY donors and partners are participating.   These will serve as a list of suggestions to help the applicant during their submittal process and will be posted on the CFY website as part of the application section.  If you have or are on a CFY Sponsored Program please refer to the Program List

In addition to the application and essay, applicants have the option to complete the Need Based Qualification Form. While this form is not required, it is encouraged for completion as qualifying students* will receive an automatic point toward their overall score during the selection process. 

*Qualifying families are determined based on the Income Eligibility. Each form will require review as not all applicants who complete the form will necessarily qualify. 

*Needs Based applicants will be verified in accordance with the school’s administration and FL Department of Children and Families.  

Building on CFY’s mission of elevating youth through access to impactful programming, the ROJ Postsecondary Scholarship Program extends our impact to many of the same young people who started their development in CFY sponsored programs, now on to their next great life chapter. 

For more information, please visit ROJ Postsecondary Scholarship Program FAQ’s or contact


Scholarships Available

Trade / Vocational
$ 0
College / University
$ 0
College / University
$ 0

2024 Scholarship applications are Open

Breakfast at the Ballpark by CFY Pinellas

Each spring, Richard O. Jacobson Postsecondary Scholarship recipients and their sponsors are invited for a meet and greet and award ceremony at the home of Phillies Spring Training and the Clearwater Threshers, BayCare Ballpark. This event offers an opportunity to deepen student/sponsor relationships, discuss plans for the future, and connect community changemakers to the next generation of leaders.

Special thank you to our hosts and sponsors for this unique opportunity to elevate the impact of this legacy program.

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Postsecondary Scholarship Recipients

Our Scholarship Application Timeline
November – January
Applications Open
Scholarship Committee meets for selection
Applicants notified of decisions
Breakfast at the Ballpark award ceremony
Funds distributed for fall semester
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ROJ Scholarship Committee

Dawn Daugherty, Chair   /   Brandy Halladay, Co-Chair

Bill Fisher

William Hancock

Hoyt Hamilton

Daniel Slaughter

Chuck Warrington

Michele Smith

Mike Walek

Chad Burgess

Chad Britts



Anna Gilman

Sandra Hancock

Sandy Clayton

Dr. Calvin Harris

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