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Modern Orthodontics Health Care Scholarship (Local)

Deadline: April 13, 2018                                                                          Award: $1000

Application  and Photo release statement

We are pleased to inform you that we are once again donating (1) $1000 scholarship to a qualifying ERHS senior who will be pursuing a career in the health care profession.  We will choose one student who submits a 1000 word essay as to why they chose a health care profession and what their future goals are in the field.  All requirements must be received by the deadline of 4/13/18 at 7 am to and winner will be announced and must be present at the Awards Night ceremony on May 1, 2018 in the ERHS Auditorium.

If you have any further questions, please contact Jessica Capraro via email or 352-242-1818.

Requirements: Essay – 1000 word minimum/ Graduating Class of 2018 /Copy of College Acceptance Letter /Proof of College enrollment for Fall 2018 /Min GPA 3.5- proof must be submitted


South Lake Black Achievers(Local)

Amount: Up to $500                            Deadline: April 20, 2018

This is a scholarship for minority seniors (min. GPA 2.5) who will attend college next year. Application includes writing a one page essay on, “Why I Want to Attend to College.” Application


Hispanic Heritage $5000 Scholarship(Local)

Deadline: March 30, 2018

Application can be found at

  • To qualify for an HHSFMO scholarship, students must:
  • Be of Hispanic heritage
  • Have a minimum overall unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students and undergraduate students
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college or university in Orange, Seminole, Osceola or Lake County during fall of the 2017 scholarship year (approved list is supplied)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or Eligible Non-Citizen as defined by FAFSA
  • Apply for Federal Financial Aid using the FAFSA


The Visual Arts Association (VAA) of the Villages Art Scholarship(Local)

Amount: $1000+               Deadline: March 17, 2018

Candidates are 10th- 12th graders who will be majoring in the visual arts. Examples of these majors being: Graphic Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, Photography, Fashion, Computer Animation, Painting & Illustration, Art History, Ceramics, Art Education and others. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA - graduating senior from Lake, Marion or Sumter County High Schools

- GPA senior year, of 3.0 or better.  - Enrolling in college to study a form of Visual Arts

-Portfolio CD of work will need to be submitted   Or application


The Villages Motor Racing Fan Club (Local)

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Awarded to a senior with motor racing interests who will be pursuing higher education in an academic field related to the world of motor racing i.e., engineering, business, metal fab, journalism etc. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Application at



The Opera Club of the Villages Harold Schwartz Music Scholarship(Local)

Award: Varies                                   Deadline: March 10, 2018

The auditions are scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in The Villages. 

Graduating seniors with at least a 3.0 grade point average are eligible to apply.

Applicants should be planning to major in music education or performance in college.


The Lake-Sumter State College 2017-2018 High School Scholarships(Local) application is now available. The application is for high school seniors at all Lake and Sumter county public high schools who plan to attend Lake-Sumter State College during the fall 2018 semester. The application is available online from February 1, 2018 – March 15, 2018. Students will also be able to ask their references to complete their recommendations online.

The application link is



Orange County Regional History Center’s 2018 Scott Harris Memorial Scholarship (Local)

Award: $2500                                  Deadline: April 13, 2018

The 2018 annual essay competition for the Scott Harris Memorial Scholarship is for high school seniors from Central Florida. You are invited to apply by submitting an essay (minimum of 500 words) titled “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”                  Application


South Lake Junior Woman's Club(Local)

Deadline: March 31, 2018                 Award: $500-$1000

Applicants must be a 12th grade female planning to attend college. Application 

Note: this application requires you do a shift with them at "Pig on the Pond" - see application for details.



Leesburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Local)

“A Public Service Sorority”  Amount: $1000                Deadline: April 2, 2018

Scholarship for seniors of minority status who will attend college next year. Minimum "2.5" GPA required.  Click here for application. 


2018 East Ridge High School & Kiwanis Club of Clermont

Senior "Common" Scholarship Packet(Local)

This packet is designed to provide seniors at East Ridge High School with the necessary information for completing two community scholarship applications.  Click for the packet.

Applications must be returned the Guidance Department by 2:00 pm on 3-15-18.


Scott A. Strong Memorial Scholarship (Local)

Award: $2000                                      Deadline: March 15, 2018                      application

This scholarship will be awarded to a 2018 graduating senior that has a 2.5 GPA or higher with a history of community involvement. 


Lake Soil and Water Conservation District (Local)

Frank Paulhamus Scholarship                        Cover letter/information                                Application

Award: $500                                                   Deadline: April 11, 2017

The scholarship is presented to a high school senior residing in Lake County and will have two ways to be considered for the scholarship:

 Attend College, University, or Trade School - Major in an agricultural field such as: agricultural education, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, agronomy, forestry, horticulture, soils, or wildlife management.

  Career - Start a business in an agricultural field.


Edmond Amateis Foundation (Local)

Award: $1500                                     Deadline: March 15, 2018                       application

 The Edmond Amateis Foundation has scholarship funds available for local students with financial need, as determined by income eligibility guidelines as established by USDA for reduced lunch. Must have a High School Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. 


SECO Energy 2018 Youth Scholarship Program(Local)

Award: $3,000                                    Deadline: March 30, 2018

If you can answer yes to these questions, you are eligible to apply: · Do you live in a home served by SECO Energy? · Are you currently a high school senior? · Will you be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational/technical school by the end of the calendar year following high school graduation?

Applications are available online at



Fred Griffin, Jr. Scholarship Program(local)

Deadline: March 17, 2018   

**For 12th graders

Lake County, FL Two (2) $500 scholarships are available in Lake County for seniors attending any high schools in Lake County.                                              Program Guidelines & Priorities:

Be a senior in high school and provide proof of college acceptance letter.

Applicant must be a member of a single parent home.

Applicant’s single parent annual income must be under $30,000.

Be a U.S.. citizen or permanent U.S.. resident and be a Florida resident.

Be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year Florida College or university as a freshman for the upcoming academic year.

Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5/4.0 or equivalent in high school. (Unofficial transcripts must be provided)

A minimum of 30 completed community service hours is required.


AaronStrong Foundation Perseverance Scholarship (Local)                Application

The AaronStrong Foundation will be awarding a $718 scholarship to 2 Lake County Seniors. Applicants must describe what challenges or obstacles they have overcome in life and how this will help them succeed in college and beyond.  Please see the attached application for detailed information on how to apply. All completed applications are due in guidance by March 31stor may be emailed as directed on the application.  Late applications will not be considered.


Clermont Woman's Club, INC(Local)     Amount: $1000                                Deadline: April 2, 2018

Applicants must be a female senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants should be able to demonstrate leadership qualities and community service via an essay “How the participation in school and community activities influenced my life.”



The Rotary Club of South Lake County (Local) --to use at Lake Sumter Community College only

Award: $500                                   Deadline: April 13, 2018

An eligible student is a graduating senior and this award is based on financial need, academic record, character and probability of academic success. More information and application found here.


Edgar P. and Nona B. McKinney Charitable Trust & Roxy & Elizabeth C. Martin Charitable Trust(Local)

The Grant Committee for the Edgar P. and Nona B. McKinney Charitable Trust and the G. Roxy & Elizabeth C. Martin Charitable Trust will again be reviewing scholarship applications from eligible Lake County High School seniors.  All applications to be considered must be received at the application address no later than March 30, 2018. There will be no exceptions to this deadline.  Eligible seniors will have had rigorous coursework and mid B to high A grade point average.

The student must complete an application for each Foundation.

Please carefully read instructions and fill out both of the applications to be considered for both scholarships.

McKinney Application

Martin Application


Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation (Local)

Deadline: April 1, 2018


  1. Students who are US citizens
  2. The student, or a member of their immediate family, have had a diagnosis of cancer before the student’s 21st birthday (immediate family is defined as Mother, Father, Sister, Brother or Legal Guardian).
  3. Students who are age 25 or younger at the time of application
  4. Students who have been accepted by an accredited university, community college or vocational technical school

Click here for the application.


Beta Theta, ESA, Sorority of Clermont (Local)--to use at Lake Sumter Community College only

Award: $1500                         Deadline: March 30, 2018

Consideration will be given to GPA (min 2.0), financial need, leadership, and character. Applications are available here.



Deadline: May 1, 2018                   Award: (2) $1000            Application                 

- The applicant must be of Italian descent (GPA/transcripts NOT required!)

Include a short essay - “How my Italian American Culture will influence my life beyond high school.”


Criterion Civic Club, Inc.(Local)

Annual African American Scholarship Award Award: $1000                                     Deadline: March 31, 2018

Applicant must be a graduating 12th grader and be African American.  An essay must be written: “Why I desire this scholarship”

Click for application.


Silhouettes of Criterions Civic Club (Local)

Deadline: April 6, 2018                                    Application

Open to any African-American senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA, planning to attend an accredited university, college, community college, or vocational technical school for the 2018-2019 school year.


Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship                                         Deadline: March 15, 2018

This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors, community college, and four-year university students who are leukemia patients and/or are children of non-surviving leukemia patients. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time, have a 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is offered nationwide.


American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Contest Program

Award: $2000                                  Filing Period: September 1, 2017 until April 1, 2018

    • Open to high school seniors who are citizens and aliens legally residing in the USA.
    • Scholarship payable to the winner’s college/university or certified trade school in the United States; student must enroll in semester beginning no later than fall 2018.
    • Selection of winners is not based on financial need.



Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Florida State University’s $500 Men of Principle Scholarship

The scholarship is given to the Florida State non-Greek affiliated male student who best demonstrates the values of Beta Theta Pi, makes a positive impact on the people and the community around him, and excels academically. If any students wish to pursue this opportunity please have them fill out the application here:


Microsoft disAbility Scholarship    Scholarship                    Value: $20,000 Awards Available: 10

Award Deadline:March 15, 2018

 To be considered for the Microsoft disAbility Scholarship, you must: -Be a current high school senior with living with a disAbility (as defined by WHO), whether that be visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive, speech or other disAbility. -Have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. -Declare a major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law, business, or a related field (e.g. paralegal, pre-law, finance, business administration, or marketing).


United States Institute of Peace Scholarship 2018 National High School Essay Contest

Deadline March 15, 2018 in a 1,000-1,250-word essay, identify two cases—one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful—where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country. Analyze and compare these two cases per the information at the following link:



NOBLE Scholarship Award

Sponsored by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)

Deadline: April 15, 2018                          

Graduating senior -must be pursuing a degree in any of the Social Sciences, including technology, forensic investigation and other criminal investigative studies and be committed to a career in law enforcement or criminal justice.

  • Must be accepted to an accredited academic institution (proof of acceptance will be required)
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must display a need for financial help
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher



The Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program

Amount: up to $5000                     Deadline: April 6, 2018

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Foundation is now accepting applications for the “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program,” which provides financial assistance to help the children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty pursue post-high school education.


PFLAG National Scholarship Program

Award: $1,000 - $5,000

Application due March 26, 2018


  • Must be a graduating senior entering higher education for the first time in the current calendar year.
  • Must self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an ally.
  • Must demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBT community.
  • Must have applied to an accredited U.S. higher education institution.


2018 Aspiring Nurse Scholarship

Deadline: August 31, 2018                                Award: $1000

Competition eligibility: The scholarship competition is open to all U.S. high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs.

Applicants must be in good academic standing and on track to graduate from high school at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year. Only one application entry is accepted per student.




The Ayn Rand Institute

Deadline: May 1, for 8th-10th and May 15 for 11th-12th

Essay Contests

Award: $200-$2,000; undocumented students are encouraged to apply; please visit the website for more information.

Requirements: Must be an 8th, 9th, or 10th, 11th or 12th grade student anywhere in the world.  There are three different novels to write about depending on your grade level.



American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program

Award: $2000                               Deadline: April 1, 2018

  • Open to high school seniors who are citizens and aliens legally residing in the USA.
  • Scholarship payable to the winner’s college/university or certified trade school in the United States; student must enroll in semester beginning no later than fall 2018.

Winner selection is NOT based on financial needGPA or demographic criteria


Humane Education Network: A Voice for Animals Contest        Deadline: April 30, 2018

Entrants in the 14-18 year old section are invited to write an essay or create a video (see submission requirements) that addresses the impact of climate change on the animal population and discusses how one animal species has been affected by climate change and presents ideas to raise awareness of this species and what can be done to protect it.



The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, the National Garden Clubs, Inc., and the Deep South Region are proud to sponsor a variety of youth programs and scholarships.:

FFGC College Scholarships($3,000) 

Available to seniors entering college and for all levels of college coursework

 Must attend a Florida college/university

Course of study must meet garden club objectives

Several scholarships available; one per student

Completed application deadline is May 1 Contact Helen Purvis


Ayo and Iken Children of Divorce Scholarship

Applications accepted: April 1st - May 1, 2018

The Law Firm of Ayo and Iken, would like to help Florida high school seniors who have lived in a divided household from which two parents strive to maintain respect for each other as an ongoing concern while caring for their children. Two winners, selected by a committee of child custody attorneys, will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to be used toward their first year of college.

 If your parents:

  • Are permanently separated or divorced
  • Communicate openly and positively
  • Join together to continue showing you love
  • Work together in your best interest

 Then we want to hear from you


  • Must be attending senior year of a Florida high school
  • Plans to attend post-high school education
  • Lives in a household separated by a divorce
  • Other criteria


 Florida School Counselor Association Student Scholarship

Award: $500 (2)                                             Deadline April 15, 2018


Participants should be high school seniors.

The application requires a one-page essay answering, “How my school counselor made a difference in my high school years?” 



 The Spillers Law Firm 2018 Scholarship


  • This scholarship is judged primarily on need basis, but does not exclude achievement standards.
  • The scholarship must be submitted, in full, by April 29, 2018. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • Applications for scholarship can be submitted by any high school senior or college freshman.
  • A student aid report showing income status of your household must be attached for application to be considered.
  • Must have a minimum GPA. of 3.0.
  • A transcript must be attached with counselor or school representative signature for application to be considered.
  • This scholarship is a onetime scholarship worth $1,000. It will be awarded May 30, 2018
  • Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application.





The Cohen & Jaffe Law Office       Deadline: April 2, 2018 . There are two prizes available- first place will be awarded $1,000, second place awarded $500, and three honorable mentions available at $250 each. For this contest students most compose an essay of no less than 500 words and no more than 750 words. There are three topics that applicants can write about:

Write about a significant situation in your life that has caused you to change your outlook and behavior on life. How did this situation cause you to make a life change? How have you used your experience to help or educate others?
Distracted Driving
Distracted Driving remains a significant issue in New York and throughout the United States resulting in numerous car accidents, severe injuries and death. Explain the severity of the issue, the dangers and risks associated with distracted driving, include facts and statistics and laws that have been implemented in order to deal with the issue. Also include personal stories of what you have done to be an advocate and spread awareness on the dangers of texting and driving.
Traumatic Brain Injury
It is estimated that 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur each year. We understand the devastating effects of head injuries and we’re committed to aggressively representing victims injured. Explain to us the impact a TBI has had on your life. Your essay should relate your personal experience, and how you would like to educate others on the invisible dangers of a head injury.


Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Award: Up to $10,000; undocumented students are invited to apply.

Deadline: Applications open January 1, 2018 and close April 1, 2018.


Must demonstrate activism in the struggle to achieve civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity, or other progressive issues.


The Reedsy Creative Writing Scholarship

To be eligible for the Reedsy Creative Writing Scholarship, applicants must be:

United States, Canada or Australia Citizens or Permanent Residents; and

Accepted to, or currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, or graduate program within the United States, Canada or Australia.


Your application must include the first chapter (1,500 to 7,500 words) of an original novel you are currently writing, or have written but not yet published. To be considered for the Spring semester scholarship, applications must be received by February 21, 2018. Next deadline will be September 21, 2018 for the Fall semester scholarship.



The Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women Apply each quarter – they award $1,000 + a care package filled with healthy organic goodies to young women who are striving to maintain their health and wellness as they pursue their higher education goals.

  • Award: $1,000
  • Quarterly Deadlines: January 1, March 31st, June 30th, and September 30th every year


        + Must be a graduating high school senior, current college undergraduate, or current graduate student at a 4-year, 2-year, vocational, or    technical school in the United States.

        + Must be a U.S.. Citizen or Permanent Resident

        + Must identify as female.

        + We welcome all majors and GPAs to apply!




The Law Office of Nancy L. Cavey believes firmly in the importance of education. That's why they have decided to award a generous $1000 scholarship to a student of their choosing.

Applicants must be either currently enrolled or accepted to a University in the United States, be able to provide an official school transcript or acceptance letter verifying their enrollment, and write an essay explaining their plans for their education. Further details of the scholarship are below:

Deadline: August 1, 2018

Award Amount: $1,000

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Application: The application can be found at has just launched its fourth annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018.

We will award this scholarship to the applicant who best demonstrates:

+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics

+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare

This scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on August 31, 2018.

Interested students may visit and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.


The Helping Hands Scholarship Program

Deadline: June 1, 2018         

-a nationwide scholarship being offered to High School Seniors as well as College Undergraduates within the US. This scholarship does not require an essay but rather you make a video recording of yourself answering the questions presented in the application process. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a student who: 

  1. Plans to pursue a healthcare related career at any accredited post-secondary school or college
  2. Are already enrolled in an accredited post-secondary school or college for a healthcare related field
  3. Can demonstrate a record of academic excellence
  4. Has the passion and drive for a career in healthcare


American Muslim Alliance of Florida

Deadline: April 25, 2018                          

Scholarship Program is open to students of all faith and race.

The American Muslim Alliance of Florida Inc. will be awarding a total of $10,000 scholarships to 15 students to support Florida High School Senior students in pursuing their college education. Top 5 students will receive the scholarship of $1000 each and the next 10 students will receive the scholarship of $500 each. Minimum GPA = 3.0


The Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF) provides rent-free scholarship housing for qualified students demonstrating academic achievement (with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA), financial need (as identified on the FAFSA), and good character. With our scholarship, students save $10,000-$12,000 per year in room/board costs!

We are happy to be able to provide this opportunity for students in your area to apply for our rent-free scholarship program. Because our scholarship application is now 100% online we hope the convenience will make it easier for our recruitment efforts. 

Acceptance to University — we must have a copy of the official acceptance letter from FAMU, FSU, FGCU, SFC, TCC, or UF. We accept applications year-round… however March 1st is our priority deadline for fall 2018.  The sooner you submit a completed application, the better!

Our website is also a great source for information:


Cooperative Living Organization

An independent student-governed cooperative, providing low-cost housing for University of Florida students since 1931. (Now accepting Santa Fe College students!)

We provide dorm-style housing at $400 rent/month, including: meals, utilities, and parking. More information and application:


ABODO Apartments Off-To-College Scholarship              Deadline: August 31, 2018

Who’s Eligible? High School student (18 years old+) who will attend an accredited college/university in Fall 2018.

How Much? $500 to be used for tuition.

How to Enter: Write a brief essay (maybe 500-1000 words) about what you’re bringing with you to college and explain the significance. Then submit your essay along with a few pictures for bonus points. We’ll be announcing the winner on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t forget to follow us so we can send you a message when you win!


Florida Institute of Technologytuition-free?

Now, when a student qualifies for the Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) award, he or she may receive a Distinguished Scholar Award* that covers full tuition (plus facilities and activities fees) from Florida Tech, a nationally-ranked research university!

That means the best and brightest students can take advantage of Florida Tech's high-tech facilities, hands-on programs, awesome professors, beautiful campus, close beach proximity, tier one academics and #PantherPride with their tuition and some fees covered.

Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars - access this opportunity! All you have to do is:

Apply and be admitted to Florida Tech as a full-time, on-campus, degree-seeking student

Complete the Florida Financial Aid Application while in high school

Be eligible to receive the Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) award

Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing Florida Tech as a receiving institution (school code 001469)


Benenati Law Firm Futures Scholarship


Deadline: May 31, 2018                 Award: $2,000 (One-time award)

This scholarship is available to high school seniors and current college students nationwide who plan on attending a 4-yr. college/university or 2-yr. community college.  *Special Consideration for Applicants who’ve Either Been Involved in a Personal Injury Accident or Had a Family Member Recently Involved in a Personal Injury Accident.* Application:



SunTrust Off To College Scholarship Sweepstakes

Award: $500

-for seniors

-One winner chosen every two weeks from October 30 to May14 (you may enter for each drawing!)

-Free to enter and eligibility not based on GPA or Financial need!

Enter online at




Bright Futures Eligibility Brochure  (2018 Graduates)


Initial Eligibility Guide for 2018 high school graduates.  



With the FAFSA application opening in just a few short weeks, please use this FAFSA tip directed to students and parents suggesting that they establish their FSA ID and Password BEFORE filing the FAFSA.  This will save an extra step and additional time during the submission process.

The website for FSA ID and Password set up/reset is 


2018 SENIORS! 

Don’t be late for a very important date!

October 1, 2017

FAFSA 2018-19 application OPENS

This is the Federal Application for Financial Student Aid


Florida Financial Aid Application OPENS - This is Bright Futures and other Florida state aid.



There is a new place to go to find out your Bright Futures eligibility:

From a link on this page you can log into the data system that will give you a breakdown of your courses/GPA/test scores/etc. towards earning Bright Futures.




The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

$1500 – Great ClipsApply Online – Deadline: March 31, 2018 Online application covers three questions about your goals in the beauty industry.

Submit one creative YouTube Video that is no longer than 2 minutes. With your video, we would like you to creatively answer the following question: “What Does Beauty Mean to You?”

$500-$1500 – Rosy Rewards Scholarship ProgramApply Online – Deadline: 8/15/2018 Students are asked to respond to these questions in a creative way. Present Moment – What industry exposure have you had that has encouraged you? Who is you your mentor in the industry?  What do you see in them that parallels you and draws you to your decision to attend cosmetology school? After Certification – What is your plan to achieve your goals in the beauty industry and how will you get there? Be creative! Fast Forward 20 Years – What would you like to learn and experience through the beauty industry? Paint us a picture of your dream come true!

$1000 – offered annually to 12-15 recipients.  Applications are accepted from January 1st through June 1st each year.

If you are a high school student please apply during the final semester of your senior high school year

Each scholarship recipient demonstrated a strong commitment to complete his or her barber/cosmetology education as well as financial need. The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation memorializes the life and achievements of Joe Francis, founder of The Barbers Corporation and the franchise systems: Cost Cutters, City Looks Salons, and We Care Hair, now Regis Corporation subsidiaries. 

Joe Francis’ story is literally one of rags to riches, beginning his first job as a shoeshine boy for a local barber school.  His labors eventually led him to enroll as a barber student where his entrepreneurial spirit flourished and his lifelong career in the industry took off. He built state of the art hair salons and began franchising first as The Barbers Hairstyling for Men and Women, Inc. 

He took his company public and established The Barbers Corporation. The Barbers grew to 1,200 franchise hair salons in the United States and Europe. Joe began with a one-chair barbershop, a self-made man who never forgot his early struggles and continuously looked for ways to help others find opportunities in the hair industry. Joe Francis was inducted posthumously into the National Barbers Hall of Fame.           

“The Scholarship Foundation was Joe’s dream. We have helped educate 299 talented hairstylists and we look forward to continuing our support of careers in the industry,” explained Florence Francis, widow of Joe Francis, Chairwoman, and Co-Founder of the Foundation.           

Joe’s daughter, and President of the Foundation, Barbara Francis, announced, “My Father worked tirelessly to strengthen the industry and elevate the hairstyling profession.  He believed it offered a path to self-fulfillment and reward.  He was determined to help deserving individuals launch their career. He wanted to give back to an industry that gave him so much.”

Applications for future scholarships are accepted from January through June 1st of each year, with award notifications made each September.  For more information, visit the Foundation’s web site: or email:

Deadline: Please visit website.

Award: Multiple scholarships available in 29 categories of art and writing; award amounts vary; please visit website.

Erika Galloway
Downers Grove, Ill.

Home Rink: Downers Grove Ice Arena

High School: South High School

GPA: 4.1 on 4.0 point system

College: Butler University

Major/Minor: Accounting

ISI Levels: Freestyle 8, Dance 7, Couples 5

ISI National Competitions: Worlds (2000-1, 2003, 2007, 2011), Winter Classic (2012), Synchronized Championships (2002-7)

Activities: Cheerleading, Dance Team, Athletes Committed to Excellence, PE Leader, Synchronized Ice Skating Team, Team USA (Synchronized), Competitive Figure Skating Team, Homeless Shelter Volunteer, Lifeguard

Honors & Awards: ISI Good Sport, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Silver Math Award, Illinois State Scholar, All Academic Team, Presidential Award for Educational Excellence, ISIA Education Foundation Benefit on Ice Soloist (2007)

Erika Says: “Skating in the ISI program and progressing through the levels has taught me the value of hard work and dedication along with respect for all individuals and all levels of talent. I have transferred these skills to my life at school, work and volunteering to help others who are less fortunate or need a little extra help.”



Blair Mack
Deerfield, Ill.

Home Rink: Northbrook Sports Center

High School: Deerfield High School

GPA: 4.05 on 4.0 point system

College: University of Michigan

Major: Education

ISI Levels: Freestyle 9, Couples 9, Gold-Certified Judge

ISI National Competitions: Worlds (2006-7) Winter Classic (2006, 2012), Artistic Challenge (2011), Synchronized Championships (2006, 2011)

Activities: GIMA (Girls’ Intramural Association), Operation Snowball Teen Director (Character Building Program), Class Executive Board Representative, Special Needs Assistant, Peer Helping Leader, Northbrook Competitive Figure Skating Team Captain, SPICE (Special Needs People’s Ice Skating Experience), Skating & Dance Camp Counselor, Northbrook Competitive Figure Skating Team Captain

Honors & Awards: High Honors, Deerfield High School Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society

Blair Says: “Figure skating has taught me many lessons in life. When you do things to the best of your ability, you glide through life’s challenges, bouncing back from all of the trips and falls along the way. The most important life lesson I learned was to prioritize and balance my time.”

Erin Sprenger
Jefferson City, Mo.

Home Rink: Washington Park Ice Arena

High School: Blair Oaks High School

GPA: 4.13 on 4.0 point system

College: Missouri Western State University

Major: Elementary/Early Childhood Education

ISI Levels: Freestyle 4, Dance 5, Bronze-Certified Judge

ISI National Competitions: Winter Classic (2011), Synchronized Championships (2007-12)

Activities: Class Secretary, TREND (Turning Resources & Energy in New Directions), Team Spirit Leadership Training Conference, FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America), Math Club, A+ Program, Church Choir, Volleyball, Cross Country, Hospital Volunteer

Honors & Awards: Superintendent’s List, Top Performer (Basic Design, Health, PE, Foods, English), Falcon Academic Award, Cross Country Most Improved Award, Capitol Classics Perfect Attendance Award (5 years), Council for Drug-Free Youth Student of the Month

Erin Says: “Skating has allowed me to experience the exuberance of teaching. I will change the world by inspiring young minds, instilling a love for learning and a hope for a bright future.”


Jacqueline Sullivan
Yonkers, N.Y.

Home Rink: E.J. Murray Memorial Skating Center

High School: Academy of Our Lady of Good Counsel

GPA: 3.7 on 4.0 point system

College: Manhattanville College

Major: Special Education

ISI Levels: Freestyle 7, Dance 7, Figures 1

ISI National Competitions: Worlds (2002, 2004-7, 2010), Winter Classic (2007)

Activities: Student Council, Recruitment Club, Dance Club, Irish Heritage Club, Metro Club, Latin Club, Fundraising Leadership Team, Girl Scouts, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Project S.H.A.R.E., Dancing for a Cure, Skating Instructor, Academic Tutor, Yonkers FSC

Honors & Awards: High Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math National Honor Society), Religion Award, Latin Award, Leadership Award, Christian Service Awards, MIRMA/ISI District 3 Skate for Knowledge Scholarships, ISI Good Sport, YFSC Alumni Scholarship, Understudy Award for Volunteer Service (Learn-to-Skate Program), ISIA Education Foundation Benefit on Ice Soloist (2002)

Jacqueline Says: “Teaching skating to children with learning disabilities verified for me that majoring in special education is the right decision. I love to give children a chance and a happy experience in a world where it seems at times that they have no voice. ISI coincides with my vision by providing Special Skater events.”