Polk State College is committed to celebrating the diverse cultures that make our community and our country so great. Each year, the College commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month, which is nationally recognized from September 15 to October 15. Festivities and events are held on campus, with the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fiesta serving as the culmination of the month’s activities. Additionally, the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship will be presented at the Fiesta on Oct. 12, 2016, 11:30 a.m. at the Polk State Lakeland – Student Center Dining Hall. The scholarship will be awarded to students who have an interest in serving the Hispanic community.
To support the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund, please click here.
To apply for the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship, please see the information detailed below regarding the criteria and application process.
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.
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.
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 the 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
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.