Osceola County offers high school students $12 million in college scholarships

A $12.4 million program known as Osceola Prosper will provide every 2022 graduate of Osceola County high schools with a free college or technical education.

Scholarships are available through Valencia College and Osceola Technical College. CareerSource Central Florida helps support the funding aspects of career training.

“The Osceola County Commission wants you to be successful. We believe you can be successful. And we’re supporting you so you can be successful,” Osceola County Commission Chairman Brandon Arrington told Liberty High School students. and Poinciana. “This is an amazing graduation gift, and it celebrates each and every one of you. I hope it helps you achieve your dreams – or even dare to dream of something you never thought possible. before today.”

“I was surprised at first, thinking ‘There’s no way they’re giving us free college for two years with no strings attached!’, but it’s very true! And it’s a unique opportunity in a lifetime,” said Kayla Crossfield, a 17-year-old college student. years Liberty High senior. “I was planning to get scholarships and financial aid and maybe borrow some money, but now I can go for free, it’s a blessing.”

The program is open to all members of the Class of 2022 from Osceola County high schools, charter schools, alternative high schools, private schools, or home schooling.

To qualify, students must:

  • Apply to Valencia or Osceola TechnicalCollege and enroll in at least one Osceola course, accelerated training program, or technical program in Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023.
  • Complete the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal StudentAid (FAFSA) by July 15, 2022 (for fall enrollment) or by December 1, 2022 (for spring enrollment). Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA can self-certify that they are unable to do so.

Through Osceola Prosper, Osceola County will provide:

  • Free registration at Valencia College
  • Scholarships to cover tuition and fees not covered by other grants or scholarships for a degree (Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Technical Certificate, Accelerated Education, Vocational Education).

Additionally, the county will provide a $500 stipend to support related expenses for students who demonstrate financial need. The county is following a previously approved strategy to use ARPA funds to have a long-term, transformational impact on the community.

More information, including FAQs and contact information, is available at OsceolaProsper.com.

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