Scholarship Application Requirements and Process

Worth up to $20,000 over four years of undergraduate studies at a public university in Florida.

Up to 10 winners selected annually.

 Application period opens: December 1.

 Application deadline: March 1.

 Winners notified: early April.

The Sunshine Opportunity Scholarships target high achieving high school seniors in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. It is open only to students who attend public or private high schools in Pinellas, Hillsborough or Pasco counties.

                  Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate that they have overcome significant obstacles in life and financial need as indicated through the FAFSA report.

Who can apply

 High school seniors in public and private high schools in Pinellas, Hillsborough or Pasco counties only. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.


Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, community service and evidence of having overcome significant obstacles in life.

What the winners receive

Each winner is eligible to receive $5,000 per year for four years ($20,000). Winners are selected in March and announced in April. In order to continue to receive the scholarship during undergraduate years, the student must be enrolled full-time in college and remain in good academic standing (transcript and personal essay required annually for renewal).

Application Instructions

The Sunshine Opportunity Scholarships place special focus on these criteria in evaluating applications: Academic achievement, standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT), having overcome significant obstacles in life and financial need. Put your best effort into the essay as it reflects your intelligence and your education thus far and helps us to evaluate your potential for success in college.

There are 6 parts to the application. Gather the information you need before going on-line.

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