The College Fund provides funds to supplement the college scholarships of qualified students. Grants are $1,000 per school year ($500 per semester) until the student receives a maximum of $4,000 or graduates with a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first; however, retention in the program is dependent upon a review of student grades, course load, and financial need after each semester. Our sponsored students have attended colleges and universities throughout Florida and the nation.
Minimum Requirements for a Grant
To qualify for a grant from the College Fund, a student must meet four criteria:
1. Be a U.S. citizen with permanent home address in Pinellas
2. (a.) Be a high school graduate with a grade point average of at
least 3.00, or
(b.) Be a current or former college student who has
demonstrated the ability to complete at least 12 hours in
a single term (semester, quarter, etc.) in courses credited
toward graduation and with a grade point average of 2.0 or
3. Be a full time (i.e., taking or planning to take a minimum of 12 hours credited toward graduation* which cannot include
remedial courses**) undergraduate student pursuing a
bachelor’s degree in a regionally accredited (e.g., Southern
Association of Colleges & Schools) college or university, and
4. Be a recipient of a Pell Grant.
*NOTE: Fewer hours are acceptable when pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (e.g., the RN to BSN program at St. Petersburg College).
**NOTE: If, when you get to school, you find you are required to take remedial classes and can no longer carry the 12 hours creditied toward graduation, you will not receive another grant check from the College Fund until you re-qualify by completing a full-time term of 12 or more hours credited toward graduation with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher for that term.
How to Apply
Students who meet the foregoing four requirements who wish to apply for the fall 2019 - spring 2020 school year should print out and complete the application form and mail it with the required attachments indicated on the form to:
The College Fund of Pinellas County, Inc.
P.O. Box 7425
Seminole, FL 33775
When to Apply
To enhance their chances of being scheduled for an interview, new applicants (i.e., students who have not received a College Fund grant in the current or preceding semester) should submit their application as soon as possible after the spring 2019 college semester (or after 2019 graduation for high school students). Applications must be accompanied by a transcript which includes spring 2019 grades, a financial aid notice from the college showing that they have received a Pell grant for the fall 2019 - spring 2020 school year, and a one-page essay telling us about themselves and their career and life goals. No applications will be accepted after 32 interview slots are filled or the third Friday in July, whichever comes first. Applications must be complete with accompanying GPA and financial aid documentation from the school and a one-page essay in order to be considered at all.
Our selection process will be used to select the new grant recipients on a best-qualified basis. The number of applicants selected will depend on the funds available for grants.
Applications will be accepted only by US Mail sent to the address above. However, inquiries may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check the Frequently Asked Questions before sending an e-mail inquiry.