The PEF scholarship application is closed and the 2022 application will open in late January.  Please confer with your high school counselor for information at that time, and, throughout the school year to find scholarships offered outside the PEF process.  Awards administered by the PEF but offered outside our online application process would be noted below.


Bobby Lane Cup 2021-22 Scholarship Application

Scholarship criteria
Applicant pool – Nationwide, for 11th and 12th
GPA 2.5, community service hours required: 25
Additional essay required: Describe community service, specifically any with Florida Wildlife and
Conservation Commission or beautification projects, you participated in involving city or county lakes and parks.
Application must be postmarked by November 10, 2021.
Please click here for the application.


Bailey Matthew Tiley 2021-22 Scholarship Application

Scholarship criteria
Applicant pool – Countywide, for 11th and 12th
GPA 2.0, community service hours required: 75
Applicant must be registered to fish in the 2020 Bobby Lane Cup Bass Fishing tournament.
Selection will be based on the content of the general essay required.
Application must be postmarked by November 10, 2021
Please click here for the application

Take Stock in Children Scholarships

click here for that program page with scholarship information 


Previous Recipients of PEF Scholarships

For previous scholarship recipients who need to request funds, please complete the form below and return it to the Polk Education Foundation using the address provided on the form. A copy of the thank you note written to your donor must also be on file with this form to have funds disbursed.

Scholarship College Information Sheet

Recipients receive a copy of the Scholarship Policy with their award letter. A policy copy is also sent to each college or university with scholarship checks.

Click here to view the most recent PEF Scholarship Policy

Fund a Scholarship

You can sponsor a scholarship for Polk County High School graduating seniors in your club or business name, or, in memory of a loved one. After the application period ends, all scholarship applications are collected, screened and recipients selected through a competitive application process using the criteria each donor has set. We strive to make sure each application is given focus and attention to allow for the best candidates to be awarded scholarships. Donors can choose to participate in the selection process or allow a PEF committee to make those selections. Donors determine the criteria and the amount for the award. Scholarships can be designated for certain schools or groups of recipients. PEF staff would be happy to speak to you about the process, call 863-534-0519 to discuss.

Scholarships are promoted online every January through the Polk County School District and Polk Education Foundation. The last list of scholarships offered can be found at a link at the top of this page. Scholarship funds are awarded in the spring of each year; funds are not distributed directly to the student. A check is mailed payable to the college of the student’s choice during the first part of July. Thank you notes are required to be sent to each donor of a scholarship by its recipient prior to funds being disbursed.

By creating an endowed scholarship, you will have a perpetual scholarship awarded each year with no other investment needed. Endowed funds must however be invested for one year before they pay for an award. PEF’s endowment funds are professionally managed by at least 2 management firms per PEF policy. Currently a $10,000.00 donation equals a perpetual $500 scholarship. Endowed amounts and corresponding awards increase incrementally by each $10,000 donated. For more information, please contact Susan Copeland phone: 863-534-0519.

Thank you GiveWell Community Foundation!


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