The 49 Fund is a grant fund held at Central Florida (Foundation) with the purpose to remember and honor the 49 lives left the world on June 12, 2016, during the terrorist attack on the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The 49 Fund at the Foundation will give grants to understudies for covering educational costs who self-identify as an “out” individual from the LGBTQ+ community and live in Central Florida. Preference grants will be given to survivors of the Pulse shooting or close relatives of the victims and survivors of the misfortune. Up to 10 grants in a sum up to $4,900 will be granted through this scholarship.
Qualified candidates should be “out” as an individual who self identifies as an individual from the LGBTQ+ community, should join in, or look forward to going to an authorized two or four-year college or university to seek an undergraduate or advanced education. Applicant should be or plan to be selected part-time in college courses as characterized as being selected somewhere around nine (9) credit hours. Applicants should show scholastic accomplishment as exhibited by a total GPA of a minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Applicant should show monetary need.
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Below we have a brief description of the following scholarship:
|Organization||Central Florida Foundation|
|Education Level||Undergraduate and graduate|
|Number of Awards||10|
|Contest Deadline||February 15|
|Application Fees||Not required|
Who is Eligible?
The eligibility criteria for the following scholarship is as follows:
- Applicant must be “out” as a person who self-identifies as a member of the LGBT community.
- Applicant must attend or plan on attending an accredited two or four-year college or university to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree; technical colleges are not eligible institutions.
- Applicant must be or plan to be enrolled at least part-time in college courses as defined as being enrolled in at least nine (9) credit hours.
- Applicants must show academic success as demonstrated by a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale.
- Applicants must demonstrate a proven and significant impact in their community as defined by the applicant’s ability to communicate in writing their leadership skills and support of and contribution to the LGBT community.
- Applicant must demonstrate financial need
How to Apply?
The qualified applicants are expected to complete the application form and to access the application, follow these steps:
- Go to MyScholarship
- Click “Create New Account” and follow the instructions
- Once logged into MyScholarship, type “49FUND” in the box labeled “Access Code” to the right
- Click “Enter Code”
- Review the information on the Application Page
- Click “Apply”
- Complete all required fields and click on “Submit Application” when done. Note: You may “Save Application” to go back to your application at a later time after starting it.
Following are the documents that need to be attached with your application form:
- A written essay displaying a proven and significant impact in their community as defined by applicant’s ability to communicate in writing their leadership skills and support of and contribution to the LGBT community (essay should be no more than two typed pages using 12 pt Arial or Times New Roman font)
- Demonstration of financial need as evidenced by one of the following: o Free/reduced lunch eligibility documentation provided by a student’s high school o Expected Family Contribution of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Official Transcript showing GPA as well as ACT and/or SAT Scores
- Recommendation letter from a faculty/staff member at your school or a professional supervisor
- College or university acceptance letter for an incoming freshman only
- Documentation of being a survivor or immediate family of either a victim and survivor of the Pulse tragedy, if applicable
The 49 Fund scholarship sponsored by Central Florida Foundation will award ten scholarships a year, with a value of 4,900 USD each. All Scholarship awards are given with the sole purpose of helping students in dealing with their tuition expenses and educational costs. The scholarships will be given to the students only who self-identify themselves as “out” or members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Applicants are requested to submit their entries on or before the said deadline, ie. February 15 of every year. Meeting the deadline is very critical as submissions made after the deadline will not be accepted.