We anticipate opening the 2018-2019 online application in late January of 2019.
You can click here to review last year’s list of awards and their criteria. Occasionally scholarships are started outside our online process and posted in the hard copy section below. Please continue to check this page for updates until application time. High School Guidance Counselors can assist you with PEF scholarships and additionally those not administered by the PEF.
Hard Copy Scholarship Applications
Hard Copy Scholarship Applications are used for awards outside the online process. Please see below for opportunities available at this time.
Bobby Lane Cup Scholarship
- Open to students nationwide that have an interest in bass fishing. Deadline Nov. 10. Download Application.
Bailey Matthew Tilley Memorial Scholarship
- Open to students from all Polk County High Schools and the East and West Area Adult Schools, that have participated in the Bobby Lane fishing tournament. Deadline Nov. 10. Download Application.
Ridge Career Center Application
Joanne Hudson Cook Scholarship is for a student who is a single parent and graduates from the Ridge Teen Parent program or Haines City High School and plans on attending Ridge Career Center. Download Application.
Take Stock in Children Scholarships
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.
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.
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 863-534-0434 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) 534-0434.