NWFSC Scholarships

Northwest Florida State College offers a variety of local scholarships. The scholarship application period is open around February each year. Please check with your High School Guidance counselor for further details.

OKALOOSA & WALTON COUNTY SCHOLARSHIPS

The following scholarships are available through Northwest Florida State College. Each has separate guidelines and application process:

HONORS SCHOLARSHIP

Two scholarships are awarded each year to the top-ranked students from the ten area high schools in Okaloosa County and Walton County. In the event the top-ranked students do not plan to attend Northwest Florida State College, then the scholarships are awarded to the next highest ranked students in the class. The scholarships cover in-state tuition and fees for 40 credit hours of study at Northwest Florida State College. Students must enroll as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours/term). Book costs are not included. Recipients must have recommendations from their high school principal and guidance counselor. A 2.0 grade point average at Northwest Florida State College must be maintained in order to continue receiving scholarship funds. Students must successfully complete 24 credit hours and the percentage of college coursework required by Northwest Florida State College's Federal Financial Aid Standard of Progress as stated in college catalog. Scholarship recipients must agree to enroll in SLS 1201, Community Service Seminar during the fall term of their freshman year. An NWF State College Honors Scholarship application must be completed and submitted to the Financial Aid Office via the high school counselor.

MINORITY HONORS SCHOLARSHIP

One scholarship is awarded each year from each of the ten area high schools in Okaloosa County and Walton County to the top academic non-caucasian student who plans to attend Northwest Florida State College on a full-time basis (minimum 12 credit hours/term). In the event the top-ranked non-caucasian student does not plan to attend Northwest Florida State College, then the scholarship is awarded to the next highest ranked student in the class. Selected students must have a 3.0 or higher high school GPA. The scholarship covers in-state tuition and fees for 40 credit hours of study at Northwest Florida State College. Book costs are not included. Recipients must have recommendations from their high school principal and guidance counselor. A 2.0 grade point average at Northwest Florida State College must be maintained in order to continue receiving scholarship funds. Students must successfully complete 24 credit hours and the percentage of college coursework required by Northwest Florida State College's Federal Financial Aid Standard of Progress as stated in college catalog. Scholarship recipients must agree to enroll in SLS 1201, Community Service Seminar during the fall term of their freshman year. A Northwest Florida State College Minority Honors Scholarship application must be completed and submitted to the Financial Aid Office via the high school counselor.

FINE & PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS

Auditions are held each spring by the Fine and Performing Arts Division Director. Scholarships are awarded in Show Choir, Orchestra, Theatre, Dance, Jazz Band, Visual Arts, and Madrigals. Scholarships are awarded to cover tuition and fees up to 30 credit hours per academic year. Book costs are not included. Interested applicants should contact the Fine and Performing Arts Director at the Niceville Campus for application and audition information. Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship information is posted on the Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts website in March of each academic year.

ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Recipients of these scholarships are selected by Northwest Florida State College Head Coaches in Men & Women's Basketball, Baseball and Softball. Each scholarship provides full tuition, fees, and books. Awards for room and board may be included at the discretion of the Athletic Director. Interested applicants should contact the Athletic Office at the Niceville Campus for additional information. Each sport is supported with a one-semester, (10 credit hour per term), renewable, Manager Scholarship.

FORENSICS TEAM/BRAIN BOWL TEAM SCHOLARSHIPS

Recipients of these scholarships are selected by the college's Coordinator of Student Activities. Tuition and fees up to 20 credit hours per academic year may be awarded. Book costs are not included. Recipients are required to participate on the Forensics Team or Brain Bowl Team. Interested applicants should contact the Coordinator of Student Activities for application information.

PACESETTERS SCHOLARSHIP

The Pacesetters Scholarship has been established to assist African-American males who graduated from Okaloosa and Walton County schools and have not ever been a college student. Five $1,000 awards shall be made to students selected for this program. Recipients must attend Northwest Florida State College full-time and apply for federal aid. This scholarship is renewable for a second year of study at Northwest Florida State College provided the recipient maintains the minimum grade point average and successfully completes the percentage of college coursework required by Northwest Florida State College's Federal Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress as stated in the college catalog. Contact the Financial Aid Office for an application in March of each academic year. Scholarship recipients must agree to enroll in SLS 1201, Community Service Seminar during the fall term of their freshman year.

AFRO-ACADEMIC, CULTURAL, TECHNOLOGICAL, AND SCIENTIFIC OLYMPICS (ACT-SO)

In recognition of outstanding achievement, a two-year scholarship (60 in-state credits) will be awarded to each student from the Northwest Florida State College District who places first (gold medal winners) in four academic disciplines: Sciences, Humanities, Performing, and Visual Arts, in the competition of the Okaloosa County ACT-SO Branch hosted each year by the College. These offers are valid for one calendar year from the recipient's date of high school graduation. Recipients must attend Northwest Florida State College on a full-time basis as a degree-seeking student. Second year awards are renewable if the student maintains the minimum grade point average and successfully completes the percentage of college coursework required by Northwest Florida State College's Federal Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress as stated in the college catalog.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

The students elected to serve as President and Vice President of the Student Government Association receive a scholarship while they are in office. The scholarship covers up to 20 credit hours of tuition fees per academic year. Book costs are not included. For information on the college's Student Government Association contact the Student Activities Office.

REGIONAL STATE SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS/ALL-FLORIDA CHEMATHON EXAM

In recognition of outstanding achievement, a two-year scholarship (60 in-state credits) will be awarded to each student from the Northwest Florida State College district who placed first in any senior category competition for the Annual East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair each year, or who earned a high score on the All-Florida Chemathon Exam. The Sciences Division Director will identify recipients of a high score on this exam. These offers are valid for one calendar year from the recipient's date of high school graduation. Recipients must attend Northwest Florida State College on a full-time basis as a degree-seeking student.

CHEERLEADER SCHOLARSHIPS

The college Athletic Director and/or his designee will select recipients. Awards will only be offered during the spring term and individual student awards will not exceed the cost of 12 in-state credit hours. Recipients are required to be active members of the college Cheerleading Squad. Interested applicants should contact the Athletic Director at the Niceville Campus.

FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The 2012-13 Foundation Scholarship Application period is now closed.

The Northwest Florida State College Foundation administers numerous scholarship awards to students who attend Northwest Florida State College. The annual scholarship awards cover tuition and lab fees. Award amounts range from $100 to $1000. Book costs are included. Students must have and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 to be eligible to receive the majority of Foundation scholarship funds. In addition, some of the scholarships require financial need and a demonstration of commitment to community volunteer service. The scholarships are non-transferable. Candidates must have met all of Northwest Florida State College's admission requirements as a degree-seeking student. Applications for the Foundation scholarships are available during the spring term on the web at the link above. Only one Foundation Scholarship may be awarded to a student. Applicants need only complete one Foundation scholarship application to be considered for all appropriate Foundation scholarships. For information call (850) 729-4971.

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