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Preparing students and supporting educators

We believe every public school student should graduate with clear aspirations for their future—and the full capacity to pursue them. In support of these initiatives, the Pinellas Education Foundation is proud to offer numerous scholarships and grants based on academic achievement, talent and financial need.

Senior Scholarships

Each year, the Foundation awards more than $700,000 in scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 to high school graduating seniors in the Pinellas County Public School system. Students only need to fill out one application to match their needs and future interests with over 120 scholarship opportunities.

The 2022-23 Traditional Scholarships application is now closed. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their awards via email over the next several months.

 If you have any questions, please contact Alex Buell at [email protected] or 727-588-4816, ext. 2114.

Jump Start Scholarships

The Pinellas Education Foundation is offering Jump Start Scholarships for graduating students who demonstrate financial need and meet the eligibility requirements. Recipients receive a 1-Year Florida Prepaid College Plan valued at over $3,100 to attend a Florida public college, university, or technical college.

Jump Start applications will be accepted until March 10, 2023. Please carefully review the eligibility requirements before submitting an application. If you already applied for Jump Start through our general scholarship application, you do not need to reapply.

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Buell at [email protected] or 727-588-4816, ext. 2114.

Take Stock in Children Scholarships

This statewide scholarship program helps low-income youth—many from minority families—escape the cycle of poverty through education. Students are paired with mentors who provide inspiration and guidance. These services begin in middle school, continue through high school, and include students’ transition into college and career.  Families can apply for the Take Stock in Children program during the fall semester.

Walker’s Rising Stars Scholarship Program

In this year-long initiative, students hone their audition and portfolio skills while ultimately competing for scholarships. Categories include Culinary Arts, Dance, Instrumental, Theater, Visual Arts, and Vocal Performance.

Community Leaders Success Stories

"I love kids; they're the future. I love the arts, and I owe everything I have to education. This program makes a material difference in these students' lives, and that makes me happy."

- Dr. Jeffrey S. Walker
Founder, Walker's Rising Stars

Fund A Classroom Grants for Teachers

Give teachers the resources they need to engage today’s students with innovative, hands-on instruction. Through our online portal, teachers submit grants outlining their goals and budget.