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 Thursday, October 26, 2017. The deadline to submit the application and essay is Tuesday, November 28, 2017, by 11:59 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. A college applicant must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours. Any Polk State College student with the required GPA and credit count can apply. A high school applicant must be a senior and have completed the Polk State College admissions process.
    B.  Must be a Polk State College student, full or part time, to be eligible to use the funds awarded.
    C.  Must use the funds awarded for courses, textbooks, or school-related supplies.

    Application and Essay Requirements:
    The applicant must complete the application and a typed, two-page, double-spaced essay. These items must be submitted electronically by the deadline. The essay should not exceed two pages and should be in 12-point Times New Roman font, in Word format (i.e., doc. file).

    Evaluation process:
    All essays are read and rated according to the following criteria:

    • The student has answered all questions and followed the essay instructions.
    • The student has demonstrated the ability to express thoughts fluidly and coherently in written language.
    • The student has demonstrated his or her interest in the community.
    • The student meets minimum required GPA and related requirements (see above). The GPA is used to rank applicants in the event
    • GPA will be used to rank applicants in the event of a tie.

    Additional information:

    • Scholarship recipients are notified and asked to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon with family, friends, or guests.
    • An RSVP with the total number of attendees is needed to prepare for this event.
    • Recipients who are able to attend must arrive by 11:00 a.m.

    Submission:

    • The applicant can access the application at the Polk State Cultural Awareness Events page and by clicking here.
    • The student must submit the application and essay electronically to MLK@polk.edu. The subject line of the e-mail should read: 2018 MLK Application (name of student).
    • The deadline for the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship is Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

    Scholarships are 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 contacts recipients to provide more information about accessing funds for classes or books for the Spring Term 2018 (or later).

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