Santa Fe Catholic High School

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



Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Brooks Law Group

Essay Contest

At Brooks Law Group, we’ve always been passionate advocates for client rights. As we celebrate over 25 years in business, it seems fitting to reflect on the impact we have had in our community as well. 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: November 1, 2019
Winners announced: November 15, 2019

More information can be found at:

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.