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Two scholarship competitions to help get into college

Posted: 5:55 AM, Feb 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-08 09:44:27-05

Two scholarship competitions are underway, one for Lee County, and one for all of Florida.

The Haitian-American Community Coalition of Southwest Florida is offering three $1,000 scholarships to Haitian-American seniors in Lee County Schools, and First Lady Casey DeSantis is also offering three 4-year scholarships as part of a Black History Month scholarship competition.

The details for both scholarship competitions are below.


1. Student must be of Haitian-American heritage.

2. Student must be a graduating senior at a Lee County high school, who is enrolled or will be enrolled in a degree or certification program at a technical college, state college, or university by September 2019.

3. Student must complete the attached application form. In addition include:

  • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher, coach, administrator, or school counselor.
  • Official school transcript.
  • A 300-500 word personal essay in response to these questions: How will this scholarship benefit you? How will your post-secondary education contribute to your long- and short-term goals? All essays must be typed. Please double space essay using a standard 11 pt. print font.

4. Mail scholarship applications by March 30, 2019 to: Haitian-American Community Coalition of Southwest Florida, P.O. Box 62016, Fort Myers, Florida 33906.

5. The scholarship recipients will be selected by the HACC Scholarship Committee. 6. The names of scholarship recipients will be announced on or before April 30, 2019.

7. Scholarship money will be disbursed to your school with proof of registration at an accredited institution of higher learning.

8. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail HACC Scholarship Chair Betsy Vaughn at 239-561-4634 or .


This year’s theme will be “Celebrating Public Service” to recognize and pay tribute to African-American leaders who play prominent roles in public service throughout Florida.

First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Essay Contest is open to all studetns grades 4-12 in Florida. Each student will submit one essay no longer than 500 words based on this year’s theme. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8) and one high school student (grades 9-12). Each winner will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

Forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online.

Volunteer Florida
Black History Month Committee
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
Tallahassee, Florida 32311

All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, March 4, 2019.