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Scholarships

If you have exceptional academic, athletic or artistic talent; are a first-generation college student; plan to study in a particular academic field; are a member of underrepresented groups; or demonstrate financial need, you could be eligible for institutional, community or State scholarships. Like grants, scholarship awards do not require repayment.

Institutional Scholarships

These IRSC scholarships may be awarded to students based on academic achievement, athletic abilities, talent and financial need. Students must apply for admission and file a FAFSA to be considered for this type of aid.

Scholarship applications are available every October. Review the types of scholarships below and the application process for each type of scholarship. Scholarship recipients will receive an email through RiverMail with instructions on how to view their awards online. Make sure your RiverMail account is activated.

Academic scholarships are awarded to high schools seniors with extraordinary academic achievement who plan to attend Indian River State College. To be eligible, a student must have a minimum weighted cumulative GPA of 3.2, and an 1170 SAT® score or 26 composite score on the ACT® exam.

Twenty-five scholarships are awarded annually. Renewal students are awarded first, and the remaining scholarships are awarded to new students. Minimum requirements follow:

  • Must complete IRSC scholarship application.
  • Scholarship must be activated during the Fall term.
  • Register for and complete a minimum of 15 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester.
  • This scholarship covers 15 hours of Florida Resident tuition, lab fees and an allowance of $250.00 for textbooks per Fall and Spring. Does not include summer classes.
  • All coursework must apply toward degree completion.
  • The scholarship will cover an A.A. or an A.S. Degree (70 hours attempted) and the Bachelor’s Degree. After completing an A.A. or an A.S. Degree, the student must be admitted to a Bachelor’s Degree program to continue to receive the academic scholarship.
  • The scholarship will end once the Bachelors Degree has been completed or 132 hours of college coursework have been attempted, whichever comes first.
  • Books in the amount of $250 per semester for full-time attendance are covered.
  • Must complete 15 credit hours each term and earn a 3.0 or better term grade point average (Florida State Statute – 1009.23).
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Access and Opportunity scholarships are awarded to high school seniors planning to attend Indian River State College. To be eligible, a student must be a minority and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

Twelve scholarships are awarded annually. Eight scholarships are awarded through the IRSC Scholarship Application, and four scholarships are awarded through the Upward Bound Department. Renewal students are awarded first, and the remaining scholarships are awarded to new students. Minimum requirements follow:

  • Must complete IRSC scholarship application.
  • Scholarship must be activated during the Fall term.
  • Register for and complete a minimum of 15 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester.
  • This scholarship covers up to 18 hours of Florida Resident tuition, and lab fees. (Excludes late fees and lab fees for applied courses.)
  • This scholarship can be used for summer classes only if the student enrolls in and completes a minimum of six (6) credits with a 2.5 or better GPA.
  • All coursework must apply toward degree completion.
  • The scholarship will cover an A.A. or an A.S. Degree up to 70 hours attempted.
  • This scholarship will end once the Associate Degree has been completed or 70 hours of lower-division college coursework have been attempted, whichever comes first.
  • Must complete 15 credit hours each term and earn a 2.5 or better term grade point average.
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

This scholarship is to be awarded to A.A. and A.S. Degree graduates who have demonstrated academic excellence and who have been admitted to an IRSC Baccalaureate Degree program. To be eligible, student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.

Twelve scholarships are awarded annually. Renewal students are awarded first, and the remaining scholarships are awarded to new students. Minimum requirements follow:

  • Must complete IRSC scholarship application.
  • Scholarship must be activated during the Fall term.
  • Register for and complete a minimum of six (6) credits hours each Fall and Spring semester.
  • This scholarship covers up to 15 credit hours of Florida Resident tuition and lab fees. (Excludes late fees and lab fees for applied courses.)
  • This scholarship can be used for summer classes only if the student enrolls in and completes a minimum of six (6) credits with a 3.0 or better GPA.
  • All coursework must apply toward degree completion.
  • The scholarship will end once the Bachelor’s Degree has been completed or 71 upper-division program hours have been completed, whichever comes first.
  • Books in the amount of $250 per semester for full-time attendance (prorated for three-quarter time and half-time) are covered.
  • Students must complete all enrolled credit hours per semester and earn a 3.0 or better term grade point average (Florida State Statute -1009.23).
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

This scholarship is to be awarded to A.A. Degree graduates who have demonstrated academic excellence and who have been admitted to an IRSC Baccalaureate STEM Education program. Scholarships will be provided for each of the following programs: Middle Grades Math, Secondary Math, Middle Grades Science and Secondary Biology. To be eligible, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.

Four scholarships are awarded annually. Renewal students are awarded first, and the remaining scholarships are awarded to new students. Minimum requirements follow:

  • Must complete IRSC scholarship application.
  • Scholarship must be activated during the Fall term.
  • Register for and complete a minimum of six (6) credit hours each Fall and Spring semester.
  • This scholarship covers up to 15 credit hours of Florida Resident tuition and lab fees. (Excludes late fees and lab fees for applied courses.)
  • This scholarship can be used for summer classes only if the student enrolls in and completes a minimum of six (6) credits with a 3.0 or better GPA.
  • All coursework must apply toward degree completion.
  • The scholarship will end once the Bachelor’s Degree has been completed or 71 upper-division programs hours have been completed, whichever comes first.
  • Books in the amount of $250 per semester for full-time attendance are covered.
  • Students must complete a minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester and earn a 3.0 or better term grade point average (Florida State Statute -1009.23).
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

This scholarship is to be awarded to IRSC Baccalaureate Education students who demonstrate financial need and meet all established criteria to begin the student teaching internship, as determined by the IRSC School of Education. Scholarships will be provided each year to student teaching interns from the following programs: Exceptional Student Education with ESOL, Middle Grades Math, Secondary Math, Middle Grades Science, and Secondary Biology. To be eligible, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Four scholarships will be awarded annually. Two will be awarded to students who are student teaching in the Fall semester, and two will be awarded to students who are student teaching in the Spring semester. Minimum requirements follow:

  • Must complete IRSC scholarship application.
  • Scholarships will be awarded during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Scholarship is in the amount of $2000 to be used as needed by the student to facilitate completion of the student teaching internship in the specified semester
  • Students will be eligible to receive this award a maximum of one (1) time.
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have need as determined by this application.
  • Eligibility for the IRSC Baccalaureate Student Teaching Scholarship is for one semester.
  • Withdrawal from the student teaching internship class and/or associated student teaching seminar may result in an obligation by the recipient to refund all, or part, of the scholarship funds to IRSC.

Creative Writing scholarships are awarded on the basis of competition in an event sponsored by the IRSC English Department. Two scholarships are awarded annually to the top two winners of the events. Minimum requirements follow:

  • Scholarship must be activated during the Fall term.
  • Register for and complete a minimum of 15 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester.
  • This scholarship covers up to 18 hours of Florida Resident tuition and lab fees. (Excludes late fees and lab fees for applied courses.)
  • This scholarship can be used for summer classes only if the student enrolls in and completes a minimum of six (6) credits with a 2.5 or better GPA.
  • All coursework must apply toward degree completion.
  • The scholarship will cover an A.A. or an A.S. Degree up to 70 hours attempted.
  • This scholarship will end once the Associate Degree has been completed or 70 hours of lower-division college coursework have been attempted, whichever comes first.
  • Must complete 15 credit hours each term and earn a 2.5 or better term grade point average.
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Digital Media scholarships are awarded on the basis of competition in events sponsored by the IRSC Digital Media Department. Three scholarships are awarded annually. One scholarship is given to a high school graduate for lower-division coursework; one scholarship is given to an Associate Degree-seeking student for lower-division coursework; and one scholarship is given to an Associate Degree graduate seeking a Baccalaureate Degree. Minimum requirements follow:

  • Scholarship must be activated during the Fall term.
  • Register for and complete a minimum of 15 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester.
  • This scholarship covers up to 18 hours of Florida Resident tuition and lab fees. (Excludes late fees and lab fees for applied courses.)
  • This scholarship can be used for summer classes only if the student enrolls in and completes a minimum of six (6) credits with a 2.5 or better GPA.
  • All coursework must apply toward degree completion.
  • Lower-division scholarships will end once the Associate Degree has been completed or 70 hours of lower-division college coursework have been attempted, whichever comes first.
  • Baccalaureate scholarships will end once the Baccalaureate Degree has been completed or 132 hours of upper-division college coursework have been attempted, whichever comes first.
  • Must complete 15 credit hours each term and earn a 2.5 or better term grade point average.
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Excellence in Math scholarships are based on the recommendation of IRSC Math Department faculty. Four scholarships are awarded annually. Two scholarships are given to Associate Degree-seeking students for lower-division coursework, and two scholarships are given to Associate Degree graduates seeking Baccalaureate degrees. Renewal students are awarded first, and the remaining scholarships are awarded to new students. Minimum requirements follow:

  • Scholarship must be activated during the Fall term.
  • Register for and complete a minimum of 15 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester.
  • This scholarship covers up to 18 hours of Florida Resident tuition and lab fees. (Excludes late fees and lab fees for applied courses.)
  • This scholarship can be used for summer classes only if the student enrolls in and completes a minimum of six (6) credits with 2.5 or better GPA.
  • All coursework must apply toward degree completion.
  • Lower-division scholarships will end once the Associate Degree has been completed or 70 hours of lower-division college coursework have been attempted, whichever comes first.
  • Baccalaureate scholarships will end once the Baccalaureate Degree has been complete or 132 hours of upper-division college coursework have been attempted, whichever comes first.
  • Must complete 15 credit hours each term and earn a 2.5 or better term grade point average.
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Fine Arts scholarships for Art, Band, Choral, Dance, Technical Theater, Theater, and Baccalaureate Fine Arts are awarded each year to students selected by the Fine Arts Department based primarily on talent. Requirements follow:

  • To initially receive this scholarship, students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, complete admissions (including a standard high school diploma/GED®), and have a letter of intent and passing drug test on file with the Financial Aid Office. Eligibility for current year high school graduates who were dual enrolled will be based on their high school GPA.*
  • This scholarship is for Florida Resident tuition only, and will automatically end once the student has attempted 84 credits or more, or graduates with an Associate Degree, whichever comes first. Students who participated in Dual Enrollment can request to have Dual Enrollment credits removed from this calculation. The credit limit for these students will begin once the student is admitted as a degree-seeking student.
  • Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form before the scholarship can be awarded. The FAFSA must be completed in its entirety and be error-free (not in rejected status).
  • Students must register for and successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester. Scholarships may not pay for the minimum number of credits required, but students must still register for at least 12 credit hours to receive any credits offered.
  • Students receiving a summer scholarship are required to register for and successfully complete a minimum of six (6) credit hours. Permission may be granted to register for less than six (6) credits, if the student is in good academic standing for the scholarship and has already met the general education requirement for the year.
  • Students are required to earn at least a 2.5 or better GPA for each term. Students will be evaluated based on term GPA, and not cumulative GPA.
  • Students are required to complete at least 18 credits of general education coursework by the end of the Summer semester to renew the scholarship. (Developmental education courses will count as general education coursework.) It will be the student’s responsibility to meet with his/her assigned academic advisor and to disclose his/her scholarship status to ensure he/she is registering in the appropriate coursework as determined by the degree audit to meet this requirement. Students awarded scholarships for the first time in the Spring will be required to complete at least nine (9) credits of general education coursework by the end of Summer.

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The IRSC Foundation awards more than $3 million in scholarships annually to deserving students. Scholarship deadlines are generally January 31 for the following academic year. Visit the IRSC Foundation website for more information.

This scholarship is to be awarded to IRSC A.A./A.S. Degree graduates who have demonstrated excellence through Phi Theta Kappa and who have been admitted to an IRSC Baccalaureate Program. To be eligible, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.

Four scholarships are awarded annually. Renewal students are awarded first, and the remaining scholarships are awarded to new students. Minimum requirements follow:

  • Must complete IRSC scholarship application.
  • Scholarship must be activated during the Fall term.
  • Register for and complete a minimum of 15 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester.
  • This scholarship covers 15 hours of Florida Resident tuition, lab fees and an allowance of $250.00 for textbooks per Fall and Spring. Does not include summer classes.
  • All coursework must apply toward degree completion.
  • The scholarship will end once the Bachelor’s Degree has been completed or 65 upper-division program hours have been completed, whichever comes first.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester and earn a 3.25 or better term grade point average (Florida State Statute -1009.23).
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Tuition scholarships are offered each year to students nominated for the Young Floridian Scholarship but who were not selected as top candidates. Selected students are mailed applications after Young Floridian top candidates are announced. Students must complete applications and meet all criteria prior to the deadline given. Scholarships applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Selection Committee, and the students selected will be notified in writing. Minimum requirements follow:

  • Scholarship must be activated during the Fall term.
  • Register for and complete a minimum of 15 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester.
  • This scholarship covers up to 18 hours of Florida Resident tuition, and lab fees. (Excludes late fees and lab fees for applied courses.)
  • This scholarship can be used for summer classes only if the student enrolls in and completes a minimum of six (6) credits with a 2.5 or better GPA.
  • All coursework must apply toward degree completion.
  • The scholarship will cover an A.A. or an A.S. Degree up to 70 hours attempted.
  • This scholarship will end once the Associate Degree has been completed or 70 hours of lower-division college coursework have been attempted, whichever comes first.
  • Must complete 15 credit hours each term and earn a 2.5 or better term grade point average
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Valedictorian Scholarships are awarded each year to one incoming IRSC student from each of the high schools in the four-county area. To be eligible, a student must have a minimum weighted cumulative GPA of 3.2, and an 1170 SAT® score or 26 composite score on the ACT® exam. Minimum requirements follow:

  • Scholarship must be activated during the Fall term.
  • Register for and complete a minimum of 15 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester.
  • This scholarship covers 15 hours of Florida Resident tuition, lab fees and an allowance of $250.00 for textbooks per Fall and Spring. Does not include summer classes.
  • All coursework must apply toward degree completion.
  • The scholarship will cover an A.A. or an A.S. Degree (70 hours attempted) and the Bachelor’s Degree. After completing an A.A. or an A.S. Degree, the student must be admitted to a Bachelor’s Degree program to continue to receive the academic scholarship.
  • The scholarship will end once the Bachelor’s Degree has been completed or 132 hours of college coursework have been attempted, whichever comes first.
  • Books in the amount of $250 per semester for full-time attendance are covered.
  • Must complete 15 credit hours each term and earn a 3.0 or better term grade point average (Florida State Statute – 1009.23).
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Young Floridian scholarships are awarded each year to the winners of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation program. Minimum requirements follow:

  • Scholarship must be activated during the Fall term.
  • Register for and complete a minimum of 15 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester.
  • This scholarship covers up to 18 hours of Florida Resident tuition, and lab fees. (Excludes late fees and lab fees for applied courses)
  • This scholarship can be used for summer classes only if the student enrolls in and completes a minimum of six (6) credits with a 2.5 or better GPA.
  • All coursework must apply toward degree completion.
  • The scholarship will cover an A.A. or an A.S. Degree up to 70 hours attempted.
  • This scholarship will end once the Associate Degree has been completed or 70 hours of lower-division college coursework hves been attempted, whichever comes first.
  • Must complete 15 credit hours each term and earn a 2.5 or better term grade point average.
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Transfer Scholarships

Indian River State College students who have recently graduated, or are nearing graduation, and who will be continuing their education either in the IRSC Baccalaureate programs or at another university, are encouraged to apply for transfer scholarships.

Deadline March 1 for upcoming academic year.
http://www.fau.edu/admissions/scholarships-tran.php

Deadline November 1 for upcoming academic year.
https://admissions.fiu.edu/cost-and-aid/scholarships/index.html

Deadline June 15 for upcoming academic year.
https://admissions.ufl.edu/afford/scholarships

Deadline March 15 for upcoming academic year.
https://www.usf.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/index.aspx

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Scholarship recipients must complete the required credit hours each semester and must complete each semester with the required grade point average as defined by the individual scholarship. If a student’s program requires less than full-time enrollment (i.e. Nursing, Health Science) or it is the student’s last semester, the scholarship recipient can request to be considered for a part-time award. These situations are handled by the Financial Aid Office on a case-by-case basis.

If the recipients fail to achieve one or both standards, they will be placed on scholarship probation for the next term attended. If the recipients do not meet both standards after their probationary semester, they will be placed on scholarship suspension.

The grade point average for the Academic, Baccalaureate Academic, Baccalaureate Academic for STEM Majors, Phi Theta Kappa Baccalaureate and Valedictorian Scholarship is defined by Florida Statute, therefore, recipients of this scholarship will be placed on probation only if they do not complete the required number of credit hours for the semester and their GPA does not fall below 3.0. If the students GPA fall below a 3.0, they will be placed on scholarship suspension.

Scholarship recipients have the right to appeal any decision made regarding the academic progress. Appeals must be made, in writing, to the Scholarship and Loan Committee within 30 days of the disqualifying semester. After a thorough evaluation of the recipient’s petition and supporting documentation, he/she will be notified with the committee’s decision in writing as soon as possible after the meeting.

  • There is no appeal for the Academic, Baccalaureate Academic, Baccalaureate Academic for STEM Majors, Phi Theta Kappa Baccalaureate and Valedictorian Scholarships if a student’s GPA falls below 3.0, due to Florida Statute – 1009.23.
  • When a Fine Arts student is appealing, he/she must have a letter of recommendation from one of the Fine Arts Faculty before the appeal can be taken to the scholarship committee.
  • Students who are approved on appeal must complete all courses (no grades of W, I, F, or U are accepted).
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