Santa Fe Catholic High School

Santa Fe Catholic High School, Lakeland, FL    Celebrating Over 50 Years of Educational Excellence



Scholarship Opportunities

Build Your College List Scholarship

When it comes to college, it’s never too early to explore, research, and dream. And you’re not alone: We’re here to help guide you through that journey.

Students in the class of 2021 who build a college list with six or more colleges on our college planning site, BigFuture™, can earn a chance at a $500 scholarship.

Sign in to your College Board account and build a college list on BigFuture™ with at least six colleges to earn one entry in the monthly drawing. As you research, update your list of six or more colleges in later months to earn another entry.

For students in the class of 2021, The Build Your College List scholarship will close on July 31, 2020.


National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving Scholarship

National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving will grant a limited number of scholarships to eligible high school students graduating with the Class of 2020. NFTSD will award these scholarships to recognize and reward a student who demonstrated a commitment to support issues affecting youth safety, including driving and traffic safety, substance abuse, bullying, emotional abuse and violence prevention, and while maintain a high level of academic achievement. The winning recipients will receive a one-time, $250 scholarship to be applied to qualified expenses, including graduate and undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board. Funds are provided directly by National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving. Payments are issued by National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving, made payable to the student’s approved college or university and mailed after July 18, 2020 directly to the accredited college or university last designated by the student.

Deadline: June 30th, 2020
For more information, please visit:


MG Law: Drunk Driving Prevention Scholarship

MG Law is pleased to announce our 2nd annual scholarship.

We’ve changed up the scholarship a bit for this year and will be choosing a winner based off a 45-60 second video that creates awareness around how to prevent drunk driving.

The scholarship is a one-time award worth $1,000. A winner will be announced on 08/01/20.

For more information, visit:


El Dabe Ritter Scholarship

At El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, we passionately believe in and support the importance of a proper education. Without an education, many doors will remain closed. Going to school is an uphill battle – and if you don’t have the proper aid in place – you may end up never going to school. We make this easier for you, by offering our $1500 scholarship. This scholarship is our way of providing support to those who want a higher education.

In order to apply for this scholarship, we request you write a 500+ word essay on why having a higher education is important. We’d like to learn more about you as a student, and how you’ve persevered and fought to get the education you want. Tell us about one challenge, and how it has prepared you for the challenges you face as a student.


  • The scholarship can be used for any form of school related expenses. We will not verify how it’s used.
  • Applicants should be enrolled in an accredited university, in the U.S.A.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
  • All applications should be submitted no later than June 30th, 2020
  • This scholarship will be awarded in the 2020 Fall Semester
  • There is no application fee

Deadline: June 30th, 2020
Award Amount: $1,500


Benenati Law Firm Future Leaders Scholarship

The Benenati Law Firm is pleased to offer the Benenati Law Firm Future Leaders Scholarship. This is the second time we are sponsoring this scholarship.

Our scholarship is available to high school seniors and current college students nationwide who plan on attending, or are currently attending, an accredited 4-year college/university or 2-year accredited community college in the Fall of 2020. Applicants must be pursuing a legal, medical, or business-related degree. Special consideration will be given to members of a family that have recently been in a difficult financial situation.

  • Funds will be sent directly to the college you plan on attending
  • Scholarship is a one-time award of $2,000
  • Applications are due no later than 11:59pm EDT on May 31st, 2020
  • We’ll announce a winner in July 2020


Brooks Law Group

Essay Contest

At Brooks Law Group, we’ve always been passionate advocates for client rights. After more than 25 years of serving our community all across Florida, we want to give back to the future generation of Florida leaders. College is expensive and can be a drain on family or student finances, so we’d like to do our part to help. The Brooks team has had a strong philanthropic culture and a heart for the state of Florida. Steve and Beach Brooks grew up in Winter Haven, FL and have a desire to give back to the future generations of Florida students. In an effort to build up our community and the future of Florida, we are proud to announce the biannual Brooks Law Group Scholarship.

1st Place: $1000
2nd Place: $250

Deadline: May 1, 2020
Winners announced: May 15, 2020

More information can be found at:


We the Students Scholarship Essay Contest

Civil discourse is a concept that goes beyond a simple dictionary definition, and understanding it involves a combination of personal experience and ‘big ideas.’ Perhaps it is something you recognize from an occurrence in your own life. Maybe you can easily recognize when it is missing. Differing perspectives are a key part of learning, of democracies, and of civil society. For this essay, we ask you not only to share your comprehension of what civil discourse is meant to be but to also relate what it looks like when it works – and when it doesn’t – and why. Perhaps you will choose to include mention of a time when you, yourself, were part of an exchange intended to understand something – how did you go about it? We encourage you to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples (including current events), and well-researched facts into what you write. A good essay will demonstrate how civil discourse is not just an abstract idea, but is, in fact, action inspired by constitutional principles, and demonstrated through civic virtues. We want to know what you think civil discourse truly means.

Deadline: April 15, 2020
Award: 1st Place – $7,500 and a scholarship to our 2020 Constitutional Academy in Washington, D.C.; Runners Up – 5 prizes at $1,500 each; Honorable Mentions – 8 prizes at $500 each

For more information:


Travis W. Watkins Scholarship

The Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm Scholarship is a one-time $1,000 award for any current or soon-to-be student. The Travis W. Watkins Scholarship has a brief and 100% confidential submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the importance of tax compliance as well as the journey of those challenges.

Deadline: Last day in April, or the last day in December of every year
Award: $1,000

For more information:


Scholarship Opportunity for Senior Girls

Church Women United of Lakeland, Florida

See Mrs. Herrington for an application.

Deadline: April 15, 2020


Intellectual Freedom Scholarship

Florida high school seniors are invited to write a 1,000 word essay on “The Importance of Intellectual Freedom.” Go to the website below to download the statement of intent form and scoring rubric for more information on how and who can apply to possibly win $500.00 for educational future funding needs. The deadline for district submissions this year is April 15, 2020. Only one final submission will be accepted per county. A state winner of the scholarship will be notified in May.



Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund empowers Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible. As the nation’s largest nonprofit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education, the Fund has awarded over $588 million in scholarships and provides a range of programs for students, HSF Scholars, Alumni, and parents. For more information about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, please visit

Application process/timeline:

Royal Cup

Warner University is having a scholastic competition called the Royal Cup. Every student that qualifies and attends this competition will receive a scholarship from Warner University. The top three winners of the Royal Cup will receive a FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP.

For more information and to sign up:

Lakeland Electric S.T.E.A.M Scholarship

Scholarship for students planning to major in one of the following related topics: science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics.

See Mrs. Herrington in the Learning Commons for an application form.

Award: $1,000

Distracted Driving Family Plan Scholarship

The Parnall Law Office is proud to offer the 2020 Scholarship Program that is designed to help interested high school (upon graduation from high school) or college students in the United States to attend an institution of higher education, while also bringing to attention the dangers of distracted driving. $5000 in prizes will be awarded to the top 3 applicants, ranging from $2,500 to $1,000.

Create a “Distracted Driving Family Plan” within which you address the safety of your family by proactively committing to a plan that avoids the occurrence(s) of distracted driving by you and the members of your family.

You can view the scholarship here:

Deadline: March 17, 2020

The Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity

The Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity is a four-year full-tuition scholarship worth more than $200,000 in total. In addition to the grand prize winner, we will choose two runners up to receive a $5,000 award.

All incoming first-year students are eligible to apply for the prize, which will be awarded to the student whose work of creative written expression is judged to best reflect the originality, artistry, and dynamism embodied in Broadway’s Hamilton. To qualify for the prize, the recipient must be accepted to and enroll full-time at Wesleyan University for the 2020-21 school year.

Apply: OR on the Common App


University of Saint Joseph – Connecticut

The $100,000 ($25,000 per year) merit and need-based USJ Catholic Promise Scholarship is available to any incoming fall 2020 first-year student who has met the following criteria:

  • Completed four years of study from a regionally-accredited Catholic high school
  • Earned at least a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA at the time of admission to USJ
  • Enrolls as a full-time residential USJ student with an active campus housing assignment in fall 2020

Catholic Promise scholarships of $25,000 annually are renewable for up to four years if the recipient maintains full-time enrollment, resides on campus, and if academic conditions are met while enrolled at USJ.

Apply: OR on the Common App


BigSun Scholarship

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.

Deadline: June 19, 2020
Award: $500

The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community..

Please visit our website at to learn how to apply.

Emerging Technology Scholarship

Full Sail University is seeking accomplished students who are interested in pursuing a career in the technology industry. Our new Emerging Technology Scholarship will award eligible Full Sail candidates a full-tuition scholarship toward a qualified Bachelor of Science degree program.

More information can be found at:

Deadline: November 18, 2019
Award:   Full-Tuition

Game Development Scholarship

The Game Development Scholarship is available for any student in a computer science or any related computer education program.

More information can be found at:

Deadline: December 31, 2019
Award:   $1500.00

AES Scholarship

The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students.  This award is available to all students, regardless of their field of study.

To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on our site at

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.

Deadline: October 6, 2019
Award:   $500.00

Further information, including previous winners, is available at:


Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship

Since 1994, the Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Scholarship has been recognizing and rewarding senior athletes who excel in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. This year, we’re awarding over $60,000 in college scholarships. Give your most well-rounded seniors a shot at winning.

Deadline: October 29, 2019

Further information is available at:


Elks Scholarship 

The 2019 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

Deadline: November 5, 2019

Click here for timeline.

Further information is available at:


Military Family Support Trust

MFST first established its scholarship program in 1993 with the award of a $2,000 grant ($500 a year for four years) to a high school senior.  Over the years donations permitted increasing the number and value of the annual grants, raising the top scholarships to $12,000 with others ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.  Significant legacy gifts have permitted the corporation to increase the total grants to eighteen.  To date, over $1 Million have been awarded in scholarship grants.

Initiated as a military officer based organization, the eligibility criteria has been revised in recent years.  Parent, guardian, grand or great-grandparent who meet one of the following criteria:  A Retired, Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve Officer, or a Former Officer of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, i.e. Officers (O-1 thru O-10), Warrant Officers (WO-1 hru WO-5) and Non-commissioned Officers (E-5 thru E-9).

This rank requirement is waived in the case of Purple Heart recipients or those who died while on active duty.  More specific explanation of this requirement is given on page one of the application.

Deadline: February 1, 2020

For more information, click here.

Silver Garland

The Silver Garland is an award for outstanding service. Nominees are among the most talented and gifted high school seniors in Polk County, Florida. Of much greater importance is how the nominee has used that talent and skill in service to school and community. Service is what makes a student a Silver Garland nominee. Silver Garland is sponsored as a community service by The Ledger and Lakeland Automall. Polk County high schools are invited to select seniors with records of outstanding service as Silver Garland candidates.

The Ledger will use the candidate nomination reports from the schools to compile a list of candidates from each school. That list will be sent to each school to confirm the submission of nominations. Entry forms from students who are not nominated by the schools will be discarded.

For more information contact Mrs. Garzarelli.


Arts for Life

Arts for Life! annually awards a one-time $1,000 scholarship to 25 graduating high school seniors who demonstrate excellence in creative writing, dance, drama, music or the visual arts. Launched by former First Lady Columba Bush in 1999, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 475 gifted high school seniors.

Application Period: September 1, 2019 – February 3, 2020
Eligibility: Students who are graduating from a public, private, or virtual high school or a home education program in Florida in the spring of 2019.

Further information is available here.