The Office of Equity & Diversity (OED) provides cultural awareness opportunities that celebrate the creation of an inclusive environment that fully embraces diversity within our Polk State College family. As we continue to fulfill our vision, the Office of Equity and Diversity strives to create an overarching environment of understanding, acceptance, and inclusiveness through annual celebrations. We invite the community to join us in recognition of these celebrations.

Our celebrations include …

  • January – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
  • February – Black History Month
  • March – Women’s History Month
  • April – Diversity Awareness Month
  • June – LGBT Pride Month
  • September 15–October 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October – Disability Awareness Month; Domestic Awareness Month;
    LGBT History Month

Scholarship Opportunities

  1. Hispanic Heritage Scholarship

    Application Period
    The application period for the 2017-­18 Hispanic Heritage Scholarship begins on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. The deadline to submit the application is Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by 11:55 p.m (EST).

    Overall Criteria for the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Application

    A.  Must have a GPA of 3.5 high school (unweighted) or 3.0 college level. If a high school student, must have completed Polk State College application process.
    B.  Must be a Polk State College student; full or part time student to use funds. Any Polk State College student may apply.
    C.  Funds may be used for courses or textbooks.

    Application and Essay Requirements:
    Complete application and a typed, two-page, double-spaced essay in English or Spanish and submit by the deadline. The essay should not exceed two-pages and should be in a Times New Roman, size 12 font in Word doc. format.

    Evaluation process:
    All essays will be read and rated according to the following:

    • Student has answered all questions and followed essay instructions.
    • Student’s ability to express thoughts in written language—Spanish or English.
    • Student’s demonstrated interest in the Hispanic community.
    • Student meets GPA minimum (see GPA requirements above).
    • GPA will be used to rank applicants in the event of a tie.

    Additional information:

    • Scholarship recipient will be notified and asked to attend the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fiesta with family, friends, or guests, if possible.
    • An RSVP will be needed to prepare for the event.
    • Recipients able to attend need to arrive by 11:30 a.m.

    Submission:

    • Application and essay must be submitted electronically.
    • To access the application, please click here: Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Application 2017.
    • E-mail your application and essay to HHM@polk.edu, in “Subject Line” of e-mail, please include “2017 HHM Application (name of student).”

    Scholarship will be awarded at the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fiesta on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12 p.m. at the Polk State Lakeland Student Center Dining Hall.

    The Polk State College Foundation will be contacting recipients to provide more information about accessing funds for classes or books for Spring Term 2018 or later.

    The scholarship must be used within one year of award date.

  2. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Dream the Dream Scholarship

    Application Period
    The application period for the 20­18 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Dream the Dream Scholarship begins on Monday, October 9, 2017. The deadline to submit the application is Friday, November 17, 2017 by 4 p.m (EST).

    Overall Criteria for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Dream the Dream Scholarship

    A.  Must have a high school GPA of 3.5 (unweighted) or an overall college GPA of 3.0. College students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours. High school students must be seniors and have completed the Polk State College admission process.
    B.  Must be a Polk State College student, full or part-time, to use funds. Any Polk State College student may apply.
    C.  Funds may be used for courses, textbooks, or school-related supplies.

    Application and Essay Requirements:
    Complete application and a typed, two-page, double-spaced essay, and submit by the deadline. The essay should not exceed two-pages and should be in a Times New Roman, size 12 font in Word doc. format.

    Evaluation process:
    All essays will be read and rated according to the following:

    • Student has answered all questions and followed essay instructions.
    • Student’s ability to express thoughts in written language.
    • Student’s demonstrated interest in his/her community.
    • Student meets GPA minimum (see GPA requirements above).
    • GPA will be used to rank applicants in the event of a tie.

    Additional information:

    • Scholarship recipients will be notified and asked to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon with family, friends, or guests, if possible.
    • An RSVP will be needed to prepare for the event.
    • Recipients able to attend need to arrive by 11:00 a.m.

    Submission:

    • Application and essay must be submitted electronically.
    • To access the application, please click here: Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. Scholarship Application 2018.
    • E-mail your application and essay to MLK@polk.edu, in “Subject Line” of e-mail, please include “2017 MLK Application (name of student).”

    Scholarships will be awarded at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the Polk State Winter Haven Student Center

    The Polk State College Foundation will be contacting recipients to provide more information about accessing funds for classes or books for Spring Term 2018 or later.

    The scholarship must be used within one year of award date.