Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship

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Application Deadline

May 15

Awarded By:

Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards varies annually based on the number of eligible applicants and available funding. In the 2014-2015 academic year, there were 90 initial awards disbursed.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  3. Must have a unweighted cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for high school subjects credited towards a diploma.
  4. Must be enrolled at one of the following eligible institutions: Florida A&M University, Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College, or Florida Memorial University.
  5. Must be a resident of Florida.
  6. Must be accepted to an eligible institution as a degree-seeking undergraduate student and have not previously received a baccalaureate degree.
  7. Must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per term or the equivalent.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is available to Florida high school seniors who are planning to attend Florida A&M University, Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College, or Florida Memorial University. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate financial need (as determined by the institution).

Application requirements for the Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship are:

  • Application form
Additional Information: The Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship (MMB) provides financial assistance to undergraduate students who meet scholastic requirements, demonstrate financial need, and attend eligible postsecondary institutions. Financial need is determined by each institution. Eligible students must not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made. Award procedures are as follows. The postsecondary institution shall rank all eligible applicants on the basis of financial need. If additional ranking is needed, the institution shall further rank applicants on the basis of highest cumulative grade point average. The institution shall notify each student in writing of the status of the student's application. The institution may prorate its scholarship allocation equally among all eligible initial, renewal, and reinstatement students.

Award Amount: Up to $3,000 annually, renewable for a maximum of eight semesters (twelve quarters) over a period of six consecutive years, or until the student receives a baccalaureate degree, whichever occurs first. Undergraduate students participating in college-preparatory instruction, students requiring additional time to complete the college-level communication and computation skills testing programs (CLAST), or students enrolled in a five-year undergraduate degree program are eligible to receive financial aid for a maximum of 10 semesters or 15 quarters. A renewal applicant must have earned a minimum institutional cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and earned the equivalent of 12 credit hours for each term an award was received during the academic year. Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester or third quarter of each academic year. Credit hours earned during the previous summer can be counted toward the total number of credit hours required. A student should consult the postsecondary institution for renewal requirements established by the institution.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $2,214.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, May 15

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, May 15

Award information is available from the Florida Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) website. Applications are available from the financial aid offices of participating postsecondary institutions. Students must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine financial aid. The FAFSA is available online at, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices. Each participating institution determines application procedures, deadlines, and student eligibility. Students must meet the application procedures and deadlines established by the participating institution. Please note: The Florida state deadline for filing the FAFSA is May 15 annually.
Contact: Theresa Antworth
Address: 325 W. Gaines St. Suite 1314 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

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