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. We invite the community to join us in recognition of these cultural awareness opportunities.

Our celebrations include …

  • January – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance
  • February – Black History Month
  • March – Women’s History Month
  • April – Diversity Awareness Month
  • September – Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October – Disability Awareness Month

Scholarship Opportunities

  1. Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Application

    Application Period
    The application period for the 2016-­17 Hispanic Heritage Scholarship application begins on Monday, August 15, 2016. The deadline to submit the application is Monday, September 26, 2016 by 11:55 p.m.

    Overall Criteria for the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Application
    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.
    Must be a Polk State College student; full or part time student to use funds. Any Polk State College student may apply.
    Funds may be used for courses or textbooks.

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

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

    • Answering ALL questions, and following instructions about essay
    • Ability to express oneself well in standard, written languages – Spanish or English
    • Demonstrate interest in Hispanic community
    • GPA will be used to rank applicants in the event of tie point
    • Meet GPA minimum of 3.5 – at high school student level (must have completed Polk State College application process) or 3.0 – at college level

    Submission:
    Applications may be submitted electronically or by hard copy.

    • Electronic submission: E-mail to HHM@polk.edu, in “Subject Line” of e-mail, please include “2016 HHM Application (name of student).”
    • Hard copy: See drop-off points on application.

    To access the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship application, click on this link: HHM Criteria and Scholarship Application 2016.
    The application period opens on Monday, August 15, 2016. The deadline for the 2016-­17 Hispanic Heritage Scholarship application is Monday, September 26, 2016 by 11:55 p.m.

    Scholarship will be awarded at the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fiesta on Oct. 12, 2016, 11:30 a.m. at the Polk State Lakeland – Student Center Dining Hall. The Polk State College Foundation will be contacting recipients after the Fiesta to provide more information about accessing funds for classes or books for Spring Term 2017 or later.

     

  2. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Application

    Overall Criteria for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

    1. 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.
    2. Must be a Polk State College student, full or part-time, to use funds. Any Polk State College student may apply.
    3. Funds may be used for courses, textbooks, or school-related supplies.

    Application/Essay Requirements:
    Complete application and typed, two-page, double-spaced essay in Word doc. format, and submit by the deadline.

    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: Applications may be submitted electronically or by hard copy.

    • Electronic submission: E-mail to MLK@polk.edu, in the subject line of the e-mail, please include “2017 MLK Application (name of student).”
    • Hard copy: See drop-off information on application.

    To access the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship application, click on this link: MLK Scholarship Application 2017

    Deadline for 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship:
    Friday, November 18, 2016 by 4 p.m. (EST)

    Scholarships will be awarded at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in WST 126, Winter Haven Student Center. The Polk State College Foundation will be contacting recipients after the luncheon to provide more information about accessing funds for classes or books for Spring Term 2017 or later. The scholarship must be used within one year of award date.