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University of Central Florida Scholarships

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The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a public university located in Orlando, Florida. UCF is currently a member of the State University System of Florida and the largest university in the entire state. By enrollment, UCF is the third largest university in the United States.

UCF was founded in 1963 as Florida Technological University. It was created to train personnel for the Kennedy Space Center. It was renamed in 1978 as it began bringing in a variety of other academic programs. The university currently offers 225 degree programs throughout 12 departments and 11 satellite campuses located throughout Florida.

UCF is a space grant university and has made various research contributions to engineering, computer science, digital media, modeling and simulation and optics. According to U.S. News and World Report, UCF is ranked as the fifth best up and coming university.

Scholarships Offered by University of Central Florida

The My Recipe – My Heritage Scholarship is for U.S. residents who are currently enrolled in the university. Applicants are required to write an essay describing a recipe that is of personal significance to them, their family and their heritage. They must show in the essay their knowledge of their cultural and ethnic diversity as well as how food and their chosen recipe plays a role in it. The essay should be 3-700 words in length with good grammar and spelling. First place scholarship is for $1,500, second place is two prizes of $750 and third prize is 3 prizes of $500.

The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund is for high school seniors, high school graduates or students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program under the age of 26. Applicants must be a dependent child of a U.S. soldier, sailor, guardsman, airman, or marine who has become permanently disabled under the 100% VA disability rating, who has been killed in action, or has been classified as a prisoner or war (POW). The amount of the award varies and the deadline for application is the end of July.

The Medical Professionals of Tomorrow Scholarship is for full-time students enrolled in courses related to the medical field. Scholarships are distributed annually in the amount of $1,000 and the application is due by the end of July.

The Women’s Executive Council Scholarship is for students enrolled in at least 12 hours of classes. Preference is given to students who are employed full-time and taking fewer academic hours due to their job. Students must be on their way to obtaining a professional degree and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Up ti five scholarships are distributed annually in the amount of $1,500 each.

The Ameriglide Achiever Scholarship is for university students who are confined to a manual or electric wheelchair. Applicants must be legal residents of the United States or have a visa and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must write and submit a 500 word essay based on a specific question required to be answered by the scholarship committee. Questions are typically “what area of your school do you think would benefit from improved accessibility and how would you improve it?” or “what area of your school do you feel has excellent accessibility and why?” The award amount varies each year and applications are typically due by the end of July for scholarships to be used in the following school year.

The Business Scholarship for College Students is for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in the business field such as business management, marketing, finance, accounting, human resource management, information systems management, human resources or entrepreneurship. Students must be enrolled full-time in the year the scholarship is used. Applications are due by April of each year. One scholarship is distributed annually in the amount $1,000.

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship is for children of active Armed Forces members who have died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. Children can also be over the age of 23 and married to be eligible. Eligible candidates are qualified for up to 36 months of benefits, have 15 years to use the benefits beginning on their 18th birthday, and have up until their 33rd birthday to use it. Recipients of this scholarship are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Scholarship amounts vary according to each specific recipients needs and history.

Things to Note About University of Central Florida Scholarships

University of Central Florida scholarships are also available for non-Florida residents as long as they meet all the requirements. All scholarships, applications, requirements and deadline details can be found on the UCF scholarship website, http://www.finaid.ucf.edu.

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