Have you applied for 2013-14 Valencia Foundation scholarships


Have you applied for 2013-14 Valencia Foundation scholarships yet?

Review committees are working diligently on reviewing and selecting application submissions. It’s not too late! Submit yours TODAY

One application is needed per academic year. To apply for a fall 2013 scholarship, please visit: 


Second Priority deadline: June 1, 2013

Some scholarships offered through the Valencia Foundation require a student to demonstrate need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Valencia encourages all students to complete the FAFSA early each year by visiting http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

Don’t let another minute pass by, submit your application now! 


progress energy available now for female engineering students! apply today!

Progress Energy is boosting access to female students who are pursuing a career in the engineering field.

If you are female, 19 years or older, currently enrolled in an engineering program, with a 3.0 GPA or higher, live in Orange or Osceola counties, and have documented financial need, you may qualify for the 2013-14 Progress Energy Scholarship. This scholarship awards $4,275 annually for 2 years at Valencia and 2 years at UCF!

In order to apply, visit: https://valencia.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com/CMXAdmin/Cmx_Content.aspx?cpId=466 and submit your 2013-14 Valencia Foundation Scholarship Application.

Your Valencia Foundation Scholarship Application may also be considered for any additional scholarships to which you may qualify for. These scholarship selections are based on donor discretion. 

The Progress Energy Scholarship is renewable. If you were awarded the Progress Energy Scholarship in the 2012-13 academic year, you may qualify for a scholarship renewal. You must meet all original requirements and be enrolled full time in an engineering-degree seeking program. 

In order to renew your scholarship, please contact Jen Bhagirath at (407) 582-3154 or via email at: jbhagirath@valenciacollege.edu in order to obtain further information on the scholarship renewal process. 

For additional information, please visit the Valencia College – Scholarship Bulletin Board at: http://valenciacollege.edu/finaid/Scholarship_bulletin.cfm


leaving a legacy: planned and deferred giving

Your deferred donation can provide support to future Valencia College students. With planning, you have the opportunity to make a gift that will have a great impact and can leave a legacy of learning for future generations.

Bequests are the simplest form of a planned gift. By naming Valencia Foundation a beneficiary through your will or amending your will with a codicil, you are affirming a commitment to education. You can pledge today to leave a lasting legacy. There are three types from which you can select when creating or amending your will.

Below are definitions of each type of bequest and sample language that you and your lawyer may find helpful.

If you have already included Valencia Foundation in your estate plan, please contact us at (407) 582-3128 to become a part of the Valencia Legacy Society.

If you have already included Valencia Foundation in your estate plan, please contact us at (407) 582-3128 to become a part of the Valencia Legacy Society.

Bequest Type

Sample Language

Specific Bequest: A specific value or dollar amount named for a charitable gift by will. I give $_______ (specific amount or percentage) to Valencia Foundation, a not-for-profit, IRS approved 501(c)(3) corporation chartered in 1974, in support of (a specific area of interest).
Residuary Bequest: A residuary bequest will provide remaining / residuary property of the estate after all the special gifts designated in the will were made. I give and bequeath the residue of my estate to Valencia Foundation, a not-for-profit, IRS approved 501(c)(3) corporation chartered in 1974, to be used to further its purposes as the board of directors in their discretion may deem appropriate (or in support of a specific area of interest).
Contingent Bequest: This gift in your will depends upon an event which may or may not occur. Should your beneficiary pass on or disclaim the property, this contingency would ensure your estate is distributed as you requested. In the event that ___________(beneficiary) does not survive me, I give the rest, residue and remainder of my estate (or $_______ specific amount or percentage) to Valencia Foundation, a not-for-profit, IRS approved 501(c)(3) corporation chartered in 1974, to be used to further its purposes as the board of directors in their discretion may deem appropriate (or in support of a specific area of interest).

We welcome your feedback on our online resources, designed to help you chart your charitable intentions, which can be found at www.VALENCIAGIVING.org.

If you would prefer, our foundation team would be delighted to meet with you to discuss your philanthropic objectives and to explore how you and your family can benefit. Please feel free to contact the foundation at 407-582-3150 with questions.

valencia energy savings mounts to more than $1 million

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Thinking green may save the planet, but it also saves money. And thanks to an innovative energy conservation program, officials at Valencia College have saved more than $1.3 million in energy bills in less than two years.

Starting in May 2011, Valencia has partnered with Cenergistic, a conservation company that uses data to help companies track and reduce their consumption of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and water.

“Passing the $1 million mark is a significant milestone,” said Dr. William S. Spears, chairman and founder of Cenergistic. “Valencia College has achieved this level of success by consistently implementing the behavioral approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization. The leadership, along with other administration and staff members, is to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of their finances and the environment in the Orlando area.”

Patti Riva, Valencia’s operations manager for energy education, has led the effort to initiate changes among Valencia faculty and staff to reduce energy consumption – and has worked closely with a Cenergistic team to monitor the college’s energy use.

One of her strategies for reducing energy use has been to encourage campus departments to change the location of classes, so that on weekends and evenings, some sections of buildings are not in use – and the air-conditioning can be turned off.

“I call it strategic scheduling,” says Riva, who started her job in July 2011. “Even if you’re just moving a classroom from the second floor to the first floor, if that means there are no classes being held on the second floor, we can shut down the air-conditioning earlier.”

In energy conservation, she says this is the low-hanging fruit – being able to match the HVAC schedule to the college’s class schedule.

Riva has also encouraged employees to turn off lights, computers and even coffeemakers on nights and weekends. “I was so pleased over spring break to go around see that people are really shutting down their computers – the computers are not in ‘sleep mode’ – but they’re powered down. And that people will take the time to go around and turn monitors off.”

“It’s the little things, like closing the blinds, turning off the lights, that make a difference,” says Riva. “Even if that light has a sensor that will turn it off after 10 minutes – think of how many buildings have those sensors, not just in your campus, but college wide. That extra 10 minutes could be multiplied by 600 classrooms.”

Although Valencia staffers have already changed some of their habits, Riva believes that the college can save even more money – through changes in employees’ behavior.

“I think we’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg,” says Riva. “There’s a lot more that can be done.”

Source: Linda Shrieves Beaty, Marketing and Strategic Communications, Valencia College; Valencia News; http://news.valenciacollege.edu

2013-14 women’s executive council scholarships available now!

Beginning in 1987, the Women’s Executive Council has granted scholarships to deserving women who are entering or attending colleges in the Central Florida area.  This year the Women’s Executive Council will be awarding scholarships of $1,972 each.

The $1,972 scholarship amount is to commemorate the year (1972) of founding of WEC.  For more information on the 1972 Society click here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The student must be registered for at least 12 hours at the University of Central Florida, Rollins College (including the Hamilton Holt School evening division), Valencia College or Seminole State College. Consideration will be given for fewer academic hours with full-time employment.
  • The student must have at least a 3.5 GPA and must be on an educational path to a professional degree. Applications will not be considered without an official transcript (with the school seal or emailed directly by the school).  An official high school transcript is required if the applicant is entering college for the first time.
  • The application and all attachments must be received by the Scholarship Committee by the deadline noted below to be considered.

 Important Dates:

  • Application must be received by: August 10, 2013
  • Notification of award selection by September 10, 2013*  

*Due to the large volume of scholarships received, only the selected recipients will be notified. 

Complete the following steps:

  1. Download complete and mail in application found here: WEC_Scholarship_Application_2013.pdf
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  2. Provide the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of three references other than family members with your application.
  3. In an essay form, please provide answers to the following:
  • Please explain why you should be awarded a Women’s Executive Council scholarship and what difference the scholarship would make to you in the pursuit of your educational and professional goals.
  • A summary of your educational background including awards received, extra-curricular activities, and related information should be provided.
  • Include what your interests are academically and professionally when you complete your course of study, and any community or other volunteer service with which you are involved.
  • Feel free to include any personal details regarding your particular situation, financial hardship or obstacles that you have had to overcome in the pursuit of your academic endeavors.  You may also attach a resume and letters of recommendation.

The completed application including the essay, the list of references, original official transcript, and all attachments must be received by 5:00 pm on August 10, 2013. 

Mail to:
Women’s Executive Council
WEC Scholarship Committee
PO BOX 2895
Orlando FL 32802

Please contact communications@wecOrlando.com for more information.

Scholarship details found at http://wecorlando.com/Scholarship_Information.html.

2013-14 valencia foundation scholarship commitee volunteers

Valencia Foundation

Valencia Foundation has launched the 2013-14 Valencia Foundation Scholarship Application as of April 1, 2013 with a priority deadline of May 1, 2013. A second priority deadline is set for June 1, 2013.

It is our goal to select and award students prior the college’s fee payment deadline so that students are aware of the award and encouraged to continue their education in the fall of 2013. 

Because of the dedication of our faculty and staff, we were able to do this for our students! If you are interested in serving on the 2013-14 Valencia Foundation Scholarship Committees, please feel free to contact Jen Bhagirath extension 3154 or via email at jbhagirath@valenciacollege.edu.  

Thank you again for your dedication to our students. We can’t thank you enough!

For students: in order to apply for a 2013-14 Valencia Foundation Scholarship Application, please visit: https://valencia.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com/CMXAdmin/Cmx_Content.aspx?cpId=466


apply today for the hispanic heritage scholarship! submissions due may 31, 2013

If you haven’t already, apply today for the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship!

Since its inception in 2000, the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HSFMO) has awarded more than $744,500 in scholarships to 195 students in Central Florida.  HHSFMO recognizes the continuing need for quality education, the financial challenges of our community, and the difference scholarship support can have in a student’s academic success.

HHSFMO officially launched its 2013 scholarship application period on Monday, April 15.  The application is now available to download at our website:  www.HispanicHeritageScholarshipFund.org

Application deadline is May 31, 2012.

All students should review the ”Eligibility Requirements,” and “Frequently Asked Questions” before completing the scholarship application.   Each scholarship will be credited directly to the student’s account at the college/university in which he/she is enrolled.  The scholarship award must be used for tuition, lab fees and/or books.

Scholarship information and photograph provided by: The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando.