Scholarships for High School Seniors in 3 Southeastern states: Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina
About the Sunshine
The Sunshine Opportunity Scholarships offered by the Godbold Foundation are intended to help high-achieving students with financial need to afford to pay for college. The scholarship is awarded to up to 10 students per year and is worth $25,000 over four years of in-state undergraduate studies at public universities in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina.
The Godbold Foundation in Tierra Verde, FL was established by Francis “Bo” S. Godbold in 1997. Most of the funding provided by the foundation is for college scholarships, which have helped more than 200 students attend Georgia Tech or public universities in Florida. The foundation has expanded its reach since 2021 to include universities in South Carolina and North Carolina.
About the Founder – Francis “Bo” S. Godbold
The Godbold Foundation was established in 1997 by Francis S. “Bo” Godbold as a way for him and his family to help aspiring college students who have personal stories similar to his. Orphaned at 13, Godbold grew up with limited financial resources. He was an outstanding student in high school, but he knew that paying for college would be difficult and likely impossible if he wanted to attend his out-of-state “dream” school, Georgia Tech. Then came a serendipitous phone call: Georgia Tech was offering him a four-year academic scholarship. Godbold accepted the offer, attended Tech and graduated with honors. That scholarship money helped to transform his life. He did not take its impact for granted. He vowed to “pay it forward” when
he could. Therefore, most of the funding provided by the Godbold Foundation is for college scholarships. The foundation has helped more than 200 students attend either Georgia Tech or public universities in Florida, where the foundation is located. Those scholarships have been rewarding for both the students and the Godbold family. The Sunshine Opportunity Scholarships, established in 2019, are a way for the foundation to continue these life-changing endeavors. In 2021, the foundation expanded the scholarship program to include select high schools in Florence, SC, and Marion, SC, Godbold's home towns. In 2022, the program was expanded to include Avery County High School in Newland, NC.