Santa Fe Catholic High School

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



Scholarship Opportunities

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, 2018
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 17, 2018

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 15, 2018

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Fireside Catholic Publishing

To be considered for the 2019 Fireside Catholic Publishing Scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria. Only one student participant is eligible per Catholic High School. Schools often have an internal contest to determine the school’s participant.

Deadline: December 7, 2018

Further information is available here.

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: January 16, 2019

For more information, click here.


The James (Coach) Day Scholarship

The James Day Scholarship Funds are offering $1,000.00 College Scholarships to help enhance the Bob Hayes Invitational.

High School Senior track and field active team member of a school participating in the current Bob Hayes Invitational Track and Field Meet may apply. (Applicant must participate in a scheduled
event at the Bob Hayes Track Meet) Must enroll as a college freshman by August 30, 2019 in an accredited College/University of their choice. Scholarship monies will be forward to the colleges/universities in the individual’s name, upon receipt of the letter of acceptance. Student must be present to receive a certification. A minimum grade point average 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 is required.

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 deadline for completed submissions is Monday, January 14, 2019.

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.

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., mandatory nominee judging sessions will be held at Southeastern University in Lakeland. Nominees will be notified of their interview time about a week prior to the judging session. Judges will review the entry forms, interview notes and make a decision. In every case, the judges’ decision is final.

The Silver Garland Awards Ceremony will be held at Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 6 p.m. Names of the winners are kept secret until this night! Attendance is required for receiving the top award.

For more information contact Mrs. Garzarelli or click here.


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, 2018 – February 4, 2019
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.

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