JumpStart Scholarships Available to the Collier County Class of 2023

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Champions For Learning is pleased to offer fifty (50) one-year state college scholarships in partnership with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation to Collier County high school seniors. These scholarships will help jump start post-secondary education for Collier County Public School 12th graders by providing students with tuition and fees for 30 credit hours at the state college rate. This scholarship ensures that their first year of college is funded at any accredited Florida based technical program, state college or state university.

“As the Education Foundation of Collier County, we want to help support all Collier County Public School students. Champions For Learning’s goal is to support students who have plans to continue their educational journey after graduating but don’t have the funding,” said Barbara Evans, President and CEO of Champions For Learning. “This scholarship will help Collier County Public School graduates begin the education they need without the worry of how to pay for it.”

A JumpStart scholarship can be used in a variety of different ways. For example, a graduating student could attend Lorenzo Walker Technical College next year, where several credentialed programs are available and can be completed in one year or less. Or a student could use their JumpStart scholarship at one of our state colleges or universities as the financial steppingstone to help them begin their educational journey.

Students and families can review eligibility requirements and apply by visiting the JumpStart webpage. These scholarships are first come, first served with NO essay required.

With over three decades of supporting students directly, Champions For Learning has responded to barriers our students face. High school seniors across Collier County, in particular, have struggled with many unable to determine their path after high school. According to the Florida College Access Network, only 35.9% of the more than 3,300 12th graders in Collier County have successfully submitted their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which is the first critical step towards securing financial support for education beyond high school.

The JumpStart Scholarship will serve as a starting point for many students, encouraging them to pursue post-secondary education and providing them with the funding to do so for the first year.