Are you a Hispanic student living in Florida?
The Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund is specifically for Hispanic students enrolled in public and certain private institutions in Florida. This is a need-based scholarship that is based on your cumulative grade point average (GPA).
The grant fund amount is determined by private donators as well as funds that are allocated by the Florida Legislature. Although graduate students are permitted to apply, the focus of this scholarship is to award graduating high school seniors. The student must have a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 4.0 or a 3.0 institutional cumulative GPA for undergraduate studies.
Students applying must:
– Be a resident in Florida (i.e. U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen)
– Not be in default for another grant, loan, or scholarship program unless the student has made appropriate repayment arrangements with program
– Be of Spanish descent (born in Mexico or a Hispanic country and/or having a natural parent who was born in Mexico or a Hispanic country)
– Between 3.0 and 4.0 min. unweighted cumulative GPA or 3.0 institutional cumulative GPA
– Enroll at least 12 credit hours for an undergraduate degree or 9 credit hours for a graduate degree.
To apply, submit an application (be certain that it is completed fully and without error) during the last semester of your senior year by April 1. You can begin the application at: https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/ua/SAWSTUA_uaform.asp.
Your GPA must be verified by your high school principal or someone who has been assigned the authority to verify your academic record. It is important for you to demonstrate financial need to receive the full scholarship amount of $2,000. You can do this by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on or before May 15.
It is crucial that your FAFSA is completed without error and sent in early enough in the case that edits need to be made to the application. Complete your FAFSA at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.