Nearly 200 Scholarships Available for Hillsborough County High School Seniors, Seeking Applications before the January 31, 2023, Deadline

Tampa, Fla. – (January 18, 2023) High school seniors in Hillsborough County with plans to pursue higher education after graduation have a chance to receive thousands of dollars in scholarships just by filling out one application, but the deadline is quickly approaching.

Hillsborough Education Foundation, a nonprofit focused solely on strengthening public education in Hillsborough County, is accepting applications for scholarships until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

There are more than 90 named scholarships available and nearly 200 will be awarded, ranging from $500-$15,000. Hillsborough County twelfth grade students with aspirations of continuing their education at a university, community or technical college may apply for these scholarships.

“We are able to support students’ dreams of pursuing higher education through the generosity of our business partners, community organizations and individual donors. These scholarships can help ease the financial strain on families, positively impact students’ lives and the future of our community,” said Hillsborough Education Foundation CEO Kim Jowell.

Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of criteria such as GPA, field of study, financial need, challenges overcome, school and community service, SAT/ACT scores or extracurricular activity participation and vary from scholarship to scholarship.

Using HEF’s online process, students only need to complete one application to determine eligibility for multiple scholarships. Based on scholarship criteria, students may be required to complete additional essays as part of the qualification process. Hillsborough County eleventh grade students who have earned enough credits to graduate in May 2023 may also apply.

Thanks to the generosity of Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, six Class of 2023 high school graduates in Hillsborough County will each be awarded $2,000 scholarships. 

“We believe the best way we can build better communities is by investing in education and health-related initiatives for children,” said Kourtney Berry, Executive Director of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation.  “Through the Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program, we have the opportunity to invest in individual human potential, which is particularly rewarding.”

Visit: for a list of available scholarships, criteria and to apply by the January 31st deadline. Recipients will be announced in the spring of 2023.

Scholarships through Hillsborough Education Foundation are helping students like Zaria.

senior scholarship 

Scholarship Reviewers: To award $500K+ in scholarships this year, HEF needs help reviewing applications, each scored by 3 independent volunteers. Volunteers can review as many or few as they would like online, at their convenience. The review period is February 6-28. To volunteer or for scholarship questions, contact Angie Anthony at [email protected] or (813) 574-0273.

About Hillsborough Education Foundation 

Established in 1987, Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) is a nonprofit focused on strengthening public education by supporting teachers and empowering students to achieve academic and personal success. Together with our community partners, HEF strategically invests in initiatives that impact teaching quality, increase graduation rates and build equity in education—bolstering a thriving workforce of tomorrow and the sustainable prosperity of Tampa Bay. Learn more at


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