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 Student Financial Aid Grant
To qualify for a Financial Aid 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 higher (although recent recipients have had a 3.0 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 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 2.5 or higher for that term.
How to Apply
NOTICE: Applications are no longer being accepted for this year!
After February 1, 2017 students who meet the foregoing four requirements may request an application form in order to apply for the fall 2017 - spring 2018 school year. Simply print out and complete the Request for Application and mail it to:
The College Fund of Pinellas County, Inc.
P.O. Box 673
Clearwater, FL 33757
You may be contacted by telephone or email before an application is mailed to you.
When to Apply
In order 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 2017 college semester (or after 2017 graduation for high school students). Applications must be accompanied by a transcript which includes spring 2017 grades and a financial aid notice from the college showing that they have received a Pell grant for the fall 2017 - spring 2018 school year. No applications will be accepted after 32 interview slots are filled or the fourth Friday in July, whichever comes first. Applications must be complete with accompanying GPA and financial aid documentation from the school 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.