Alumni Update from Cece Burns, ’13

Chacoryia “Cece” Burns, Valencia’s 2013 Mary Smedley Collier’s Distinguished Graduate is currently a Broadcast Journalism major at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Those of us that have read Cece’s triumphant story and may have also had the privilege of meeting such a kind spirit know that she has manage to persevere through all odds. She has proven that if you put your mind to it you can accomplish any goal.

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Cece shares “Recently, I’ve become the weather anchor for FAMU TV News-20 which broadcast live to over 8,000 Comcast viewers in the north Florida and south Georgia area. I am a Gospel Radio Personality for WANM 90.5 FM “The Flava Station” which airs on Sunday’s from 8am-11am. As I continue with my journey as a reporter, I plan to continue to work with FAMU TV News 20 as the lead desk anchor as well as intern for a local news station and print journalism company until my graduation on April 30, 2016. After that I plan to either move to Orlando or stay in Tallahassee and pursue a Masters in Fine Arts in Production as well as become a Multi-Media Journalist (MMJ) for a local news station or become a local Gospel Radio Personality.”

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“My advice to the students is to continue to strive for your dream. Never let anyone deter you from being what you want to be in life. And also always volunteer and get internships in your profession. Be persistent and always be kind to others because you never know who you will meet and who will take you to the next level.”

Cece is a positive role model and is constantly giving back to the community, whether it be volunteering for children’s church or serving on the Transfer Student Association. Her story encourages us all.

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Cece is doing big things and is truly an amazing Valencia Alum….Way to represent!

Check out Cece’s story here

 

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Valencia Alumni, Students, Employees and Friends

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Valencia College Veterans will be meeting up near the Wall Street area

(corner of Orange Ave and Central Blvd) for the opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

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DON’T BE CAUGHT OFF GUARD!

Daylight Savings Time ENDS Sunday, November 1st.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night.

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Alumni Spotlight

2015 Veterans of Influence: Daila “Dee” Espeut-Jones

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Valencia alum Daila “Dee” Espeut-Jones ’09, program manager, ZelTech Training Solutions LLC, is one of Orlando Business Journal’s 2015 Veterans of Influence who was recognized at a this years awards luncheon.

Here, she tells a bit about how serving in the military
made her into the woman she is today.

Check out this amazing video of Daila “Dee” Espeut-Jones!  

Know A Deserving Valencia Graduate?

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“A Night of Celebration” is Valencia College’s annual signature event hosted by the Valencia Alumni Association. It provides an opportunity to celebrate noteworthy achievements of selected Valencia alumni. Ten Distinguished Alumni awards will be conferred this year to those individuals who meet the following criteria. Submit your nomination today! Nominees will then be notified and asked to complete a more detailed application to be considered for the award.

Nomination Criteria:

Graduate of Valencia College (formerly Valencia Community College).

Demonstrated significant accomplishments in their field.

Must be able to attend the awards presentation on Friday, December 18th between 7-9 pm in Orlando, Florida at Valencia’s West Campus Special Events Center.

Only online nominations will be accepted.

Nomination deadline – 11:59 pm on November 8, 2015. No exceptions.

Check out last year’s amazing award recipients.

Photos from last year’s event!

Start FIT at Lake Nona

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Florida Tech is now offering a Bachelor’s degree in Logistics Management for students with an AA or AS! Classes accommodate working professionals by meeting once a week from 5:30-8:30pm at Valencia’s Lake Nona Campus. For more information, visit FIT.edu/LakeNona or contact Lauren Remenick at lremenick@fit.edu.

Valencia Alumni Volunteer Spotlight

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Amazing Discounts for You!

Two Free Discount Programs for Valencia Alumni & Friends
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Both discount programs are available to Valencia alumni, retirees and students.
And the best part……they’re absolutely FREE!


Join the Valencia Alumni Rewards Member Perks Program!

Valencia Alumni Rewards provides members with exclusive perks and over $4,500 in savings on everything from pizza and the zoo, to movie tickets, oil changes, hotels, and car rentals!

Popular Features Include:

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And, with over 289,000 available discounts across 10,000 cities in the United States and Canada, you’ll never be far from savings!

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Enjoy some great deals through Working Advantage!

Popular Features Include:

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  • Family events
  • Merchant gift certificates
  • Online shopping and service discounts with select partners

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2) Click “Login” or “Register” at top of page
3) Click “Employees Click Here”(this includes alumni and friends)
4) Enter Valencia’s Member ID #278897230 to create your FREE account.

Working Advantage Customer Service:
customerservice@workingadvantage.com or call (800) 565- 3712

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Featured Alumnus — Melvin Scott ’11

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By Joy S. Jones

“I am a legacy at Valencia. There’s been a Melvin Scott in a custodial supervisor position for the past 40 years,” said Melvin Scott, Jr. His father and namesake, Melvin Scott, Sr., held a custodial supervisor position prior to him.

Before assuming the role in 2011, Melvin had worked a stint at Valencia years ago but left after custodial management offers in corporate settings proved to be more lucrative. All along, he wanted to complete his college degree, but the demands of work and responsibilities of life got in the way. Finally in 2003, the lack of career fulfillment he was experiencing ran its course, and he left the job, not working for three full years. It was in that space of time that he hatched a plan to return to Valencia.

“I knew I could get my education funded, plus I’m a veteran, so I returned to Valencia and completed my B.S.B.A. (Bachelor of Science in business administration) in 2011,” he said.

Melvin gives credit to John Letterman, managing director, plant operations for supporting his growth and career opportunities.

“Melvin Scott is a supervisor who cares about his people. He takes the time to ensure that all personnel are up to date on the many changes that occur within their field of expertise. Plus, he is the type of supervisor who mentors. He makes it part of his commitment to visit and check with his personnel no matter which shift they work. He’s a supervisor that helps light the path in one’s career!”- Derrick Hilton, security field supervisor

“Once I got my degree, I told John what I was hoping to do career wise, and he said, we have something for you right here.”

John’s support left an indelible mark on Melvin in terms of his management style, and he tries to pay it forward. Melvin encourages his team members, whom he refers to as “ambassadors,” to avail themselves of the numerous professional development benefits that Valencia provides.

“I am an example for my staff. We frequently have how-high-can-you-go conversations,” he said. “Plus, many of them are using the benefits to educate their children and families. I sign quite a few papers (tuition waivers) for my team’s kids who are attending school here.”

Still he shared that peoples’ perceptions of custodial work are often unenthusiastic at best.

“It’s often a thankless job; however, this has been a very fulfilling position for me. People just think of cleaning rooms and floors when they think of janitorial work,” he said before citing the numerous contributions made by his ambassadors with pride:

“We received the Energy Heroes Award for practices that saved West Campus a whopping $71,000. When it comes to the sustainability program, we do things to minimize our footprint through the use of Earth-friendly products and water minimization.” Melvin pointed out that through better technology, the department no longer uses water to strip floors, for example. With 850,000 square feet of floor space under management, it’s easy to see how those sound practices easily add up to ‘good’ all around.

“We also partner with Patti Riva and the Energy Education Program and have done demonstrations for the Association of Florida Colleges Association, showing how we are reducing our footprint. We are way ahead of the curve in terms of how we do our jobs.”

Noting that the custodial department is the largest department in plant operations, Melvin said, “We have 46 people — 92 sets of eyes — so we also see a lot before other people do. We also partner with security. Our team is a group of ambassadors, and that’s what we try to instill.”

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He also credits upgrades in technology for enabling much greater departmental efficiencies.

“We do online training for custodians now and use state-of-the-art equipment. We also do event and classroom setups. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that involves collaborating with departments collegewide,” he said.

Perhaps one of the greatest examples of that collaboration is the logistics setup of President Barack Obama’s visit.

“I was on the detail when President Obama came and worked a lot with the Secret Service and security. That was a great experience.”

Melvin is happy to now be serving on a committee that is looking to replace the maintenance computer management system and will supersede Master Link. The more robust system that they are eyeing will put work orders at each employee’s fingertips.

“I love technology. It’s all about efficiency as a plant operations department, and increasing the quality of the environment for the students to do their best is what it’s all about. We’ve been involved with a lot of positive change that all contributes to students having the best experience possible!”

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Melvin completed an Associate in Arts degree in business administration at Valencia and is still recuperating from the bad knees he got, so often on them praying to complete his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Columbia College in human resources management.

It’s Class Notes Time!

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 We are currently accepting Valencia Alumni Class Notes for the upcoming edition of Vitae magazineGet yours in no later than Friday, August 21st.
Submit your Class Note here!

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2014 -15 Valencia Alumni Association General Scholarship Application is NOW OPEN! We have many scholarships for students to choose from. You don’t want to miss out!

Log in or create your account to get started:
https://valencia.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com/CMXAdmin/Cmx_Content.aspx?cpId=466

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Dr. Homer Samuels Dental Hygiene Scholarship 2014 Scholar,
Linsey Amir (center) at this years 2014 Alumni Achievers Reception 

 

hispanic business council scholarship opportunity

The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HHSFMO) is the largest non-profit organization in Central Florida dedicated to providing scholarships to Hispanic students pursuing a college or university degree.

DEADLINE:   Completed scholarship applications and supplementary documents must be received in a single envelope by 5:00 pm on May 30, 2014.

Since its inception in 2000, the HHSFMO has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships to 209 students in Central Florida.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be of Hispanic heritage
  • Be a U.S. citizen OR legal permanent resident OR have DACA status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
  • Must have applied for Federal Financial Aid using the FAFSA
  • Be enrolled full or part-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited institution
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.00 scale
  • Must attend the scholarship award gala in October, 2014

 Application Instructions

  • Complete Hispanic Heritage scholarship application 
  • Official college transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation from college instructor/counselor or employer (max. of 2)
  • Copy of financial aid award letter and/or SAR (Student Aid Report)
     

MAILING INSTRUCTIONS:

You may mail your official college transcripts, letters of recommendation, and copy of financial aid awards information (single envelope please) to:
Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando
3201 E. Colonial Dr., Suite A-20
Orlando, FL 32803

HAND DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS

You may also personally deliver your official college transcripts, letters of recommendation, and copy of financial aid awards information (single envelope please) at:

Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando
c/o Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando
3201 E. Colonial Dr., Suite A-20
Orlando, FL 32803
Orlando Fashion Square Mall (inside the National Entrepreneur Center)

DEADLINE:   Completed scholarship applications and supplementary documents must be received in a single envelope by 5:00 pm on May 30, 2014.


women’s executive council scholarship opportunity

Scholarship Awards 2014

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, Seminole State College or Florida Institute of Technology. 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 an undergraduate degree or Master’s 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 and all attachments must be postmarked or emailed by: June 30, 2014
  • Notification of award selection by August 10, 2014.  ONLY Winners will be listed on our website and will be notified.

Complete the following steps:

  1.       Download Scholarship Application. Complete and mail or email application.  2014_WEC_Scholarship_Application.pdf
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  2.       Provide provide three (3) letters of recommendation and include 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. 

 The completed application including the essay, letters of recommendation, original official transcript, and all attachments must be emailed or postmarked by 5:00 pm on June 30, 2014. 

Mail to:

Women’s Executive Council

WEC Scholarship Committee

PO BOX 2895

Orlando FL 32802

Email toscholarships@wecOrlando.com

 Please contact scholarships@wecOrlando.com for more information. 

2014-15 valencia foundation scholarship application now available!

The 2014-15 Valencia Foundation Scholarship Application NOW AVAILABLE! APPLY TODAY!

Valencia Foundation scholarship application - click here to apply online.

 

By submitting your application by June 27, 2014, you will be entered to win a brand new iPad!

Winners will be determined one week after the drawing and we will arrange pick-up directly with the winner. We would also like to get your photo and interview you for our monthly foundation newsletter.

Some helpful hints for completing your application:

  • Students must only use their Atlas email address on the application
  • Don’t let the fact that you may not qualify for financial aid stop you. We use the FAFSA to verify financial need and not all scholarship decisions are based on the FAFSA.
  • Recommendations and a high GPA are very helpful, but not all scholarships require them. Please finalize your application so we can see if you are eligible for any of the hundreds of scholarships still available.

For questions on completing your scholarship application, please contact Susan Ambridge (407-582-1168, sambridge@valenciacollege.edu) or Jen Bhagirath (407-582-3154,jbhagirath@valenciacollege.edu).

Don’t let another minute pass by! Complete your 2014-15 Valencia Foundation Scholarship Application for a chance to receive scholarship funding as well as a brand new iPad.

 

women’s executive council scholarship opportunity

Scholarship Awards 2014

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, Seminole State College or Florida Institute of Technology. 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 an undergraduate degree or Master’s 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 and all attachments must be postmarked or emailed by: June 30, 2014
  • Notification of award selection by August 10, 2014.  ONLY Winners will be listed on our website and will be notified.

Complete the following steps:

  1.       Download Scholarship Application. Complete and mail or email application.  2014_WEC_Scholarship_Application.pdf
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  2.       Provide provide three (3) letters of recommendation and include 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. 

 The completed application including the essay, letters of recommendation, original official transcript, and all attachments must be emailed or postmarked by 5:00 pm on June 30, 2014. 

Mail to:

Women’s Executive Council

WEC Scholarship Committee

PO BOX 2895

Orlando FL 32802

Email to: scholarships@wecOrlando.com

 

Please contact scholarships@wecOrlando.com for more information. 

common scholarship myths

There are many myths about applying for Valencia Foundation scholarships. Our scholarships are a great financial resource when seeking higher education from Valencia College. Some myths suggest student eligibility requirements only target only a portion of the college’s student body.

Join us as we tackle these myths with facts about applying for Valencia Foundation Scholarships.

Scholarship Myths

MYTH: I haven’t submitted a FAFSA, therefore I can’t apply for scholarships…
FACT: Not all scholarships require students to submit a FAFSA application or demonstrate need.

MYTH: I applied for federal aid but didn’t qualify for financial aid, so I won’t qualify for a scholarships…
FACT: While most scholarships are need-based, not all Valencia Foundation scholarships require students to complete the FAFSA. As long as you’ve successfully completed your FAFSA application, you’ll satisfy this requirement.

MYTH: I’d have to be a “straight A student” in order to receive scholarship funding… 
FACT: Students of different enrollment statues, majors, and GPA’s are considered for scholarship funding.

MYTH: Applying for scholarships will reduce my federal aid eligibility…
FACT: We encourage you to utilize scholarship and grant funding prior to utilizing student loans as scholarship funding DOES NOT have to be repaid.

MYTH: The scholarship application process is too much work…
FACT: All it takes is ONE scholarship application. Upon submission, our foundation will then forward your application to ALL scholarships to which you qualify for.

MYTH: I don’t know where to apply…
FACT: In order to apply, visit www.VALENCIA.org and submit your 2013-14 Valencia Foundation Scholarship Application today.

MYTH: The essay is too hard… I don’t know what to write about. 
FACT: The essay portion of the scholarship application is what allows the donor to really get to know you. Share your story, educational, and professional goals. Explain what an impact scholarship funding will make in your life.

MYTH: I can’t reach my recommender… without their reference, I won’t be able to apply.
FACT: Although letters of recommendation allow the donor to learn more about you, recommendations are not required in order to submit your scholarship application. We encourage you to connect with your recommender before listing their information in hopes to add to your scholarship application.

Don’t let another moment pass by, submit your 2013-14 Valencia Foundation Scholarship Application TODAY!

For more information, visit: www.VALENCIA.org

hispanic heritage scholarship applications due may 31, 2013! apply today!

If you haven’t already, there’s still time to apply…

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, 2013.

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.

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.

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.

hispanic heritage scholarships available now! applications due may 31, 2013!

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.