College of Central Florida/Foundation Scholarships and Talent Grants

Students who receive a CF need-based scholarship or talent grant must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the academic year in which the scholarship is awarded. Academic merit scholarship recipients are not required to file a FAFSA, but are encouraged to do so in order to receive multiple scholarship awards. Students are able to apply for foundation endowed scholarships by completing a scholarship application available online. The application will be kept on file and matched to specific endowed scholarships as they are made available. Reference materials with information about scholarship funds are available in the Enrollment Services Center at the Ocala and Citrus campuses, at the Levy Center, and on the CF website (refer to Financial Aid, Scholarships).

CF has a scholarship application priority deadline of May 1. Applications will be accepted after that date but awards may be reduced for applications received after the priority deadline.

Talent Grants: CF and the CF Foundation provide a number of talent grants each year for participation in campus activities. A student must enroll at least half time in order to receive a talent grant, but preference may be given to students enrolled full time. Talent grant recipients are recommended to the Office of Financial Aid by the appropriate department head or program advisor. Talent grants are provided in athletics, drama, music, dance, theatre, publications, activity board, Brain Bowl, forensics and more.

CF Academic Merit Scholarship: CF has established scholarships that will be awarded to seniors in high school in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. Attempts will be made to award students from every high school (if funding permits). Recommendations for these scholarships should be made by the high school principals or their designees to the director of Admissions and Records by the announced spring deadline date. Each scholarship is awarded over a four-semester fall/spring period commencing after high school graduation. The student must enroll full time in order to receive the scholarship. Initial recipients must have a 3.3 GPA to qualify. To be eligible for renewal, a student must maintain a cumulative CF grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Community of Scholars Scholarship: CF has established scholarships for eligible students in the Honors Institute Community of Scholars program (see Honors Programs). Eligible students must be Florida residents and must meet the requirements to participate in the Community of Scholars program. Recommendations for awards are made by the Community of Scholars program advisor to the Office of Financial Aid. See Honors Programs for additional information about the Community of Scholars Program.

Other Scholarships may be available depending on funding. Students who complete the CF Scholarship application will be considered for all available scholarships.