Scholarships for Attending Private Schools in Florida:


Florida Private School Scholarships:

This page provides a listing of scholarships that are available specifically for students attending or planning to attend a private school  in the US state of Florida. For more generic scholarships that are available not only to Florida students but also students from other states, check our main page on private school scholarships.  If, on the other hand, you are a high school student looking for a scholarship for college or university, go to our home page for more options (e.g. college scholarships for high school students). The scholarships listed on this page you are reading now are those specifically for students attending or planning to attend a private Florida high school (and in some cases elementary and middle school, too, i.e. pre-K through K-12).






Private High School Scholarships for students residing or planning to get education in Florida:

There are several scholarships available specifically for students attending or planning to attend a private high school in the US state of Florida.  Most of these are tuition scholarships, though some cover other expenses, too. Most are need-based, though some are merit-based, and some are a combination of the two. Check our general private school scholarships page, too. The scholarships listed below are those that are specifically for students in Florida.  This doesn't mean that Florida high school students cannot get other (more generic scholarships) that are available not only for Florida students but also students from other states.


1) Children First Florida (update: current name: "Step Up for Students"):

Scholarships available to cover tuition and book expenses. (Book expense coverage is up to a 25% of the tuition expenses, or up to $4,000. Nearly 1,000 schools in Florida are covered, and approximately 10,000 students receive scholarships every year. These scholarships are renewable, as long as the financial situation of the family does not change tremendously. Children's First Florida also has some public school scholarships, which cover up to $500 public transportation expenses. Students living in 43 counties of Florida are qualified for these scholarships; these include all of north, east and central florida. Update: Children First Florida is merging with the Florida Pride (see scholarship #3 below), under the same name of Step Up for Students; therefore, you should apply on that website (see more info under #3 Florida Pride below).



2) The Carrie Meek Scholarship Foundation:

Associated with the Florida's Children First. Scholarships of up to $3950 are available for low income families. There are currently (2009) around 23,000 students on the scholarship. As with the FCF, public school scholarships of $500 are also available for public transportation.  To apply, the student must be living in one of the following counties: Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Dade, De Soto, Dixie, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Sumter.



3) Florida Pride Scholarships (update: current name: "Step Up For Students"):

Florida Pride is one of the three main foundations providing scholarships to Florida students, together with Children First Florida and The Carrie Meek Scholarship Foundation (see #1 and #2 above), and provides similar amounts of scholarships, and has similar criteria. However, for the 2009-2010 academic year, Children First Florida and Florida Pride are merging under the same name to serve the whole state of Florida: The new name will be Step Up for Students.  Though the Carrie Meek Scholarships Foundation and the new Step Up For Students Program has similar application criteria, they differ in terms of the counties they serve.  The following counties are supported by the new Step up For Students award: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, Dade, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Jones, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Wahington. 



4) The McKay Scholarships Program:

These are scholarships for students with disabilities in Florida.  Any parent or child with a disability who has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) can apply as long as they meet certain criteria such as spending the prior school year in a Florida public school, and parent's acceptance of admission to a private school. At the time of application to the McKay scholarships, the student should still be enrolled in a public school in Florida; so make sure you don't withdraw your registration before ensuring the scholarship! These are long term scholarships which remain in effect until either the student graduates from high school, returns to public school, or reaches the age of 22.




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