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Florida Supervisors of Elections to offer scholarships

By Staff | Nov 27, 2019

The Florida Supervisors of Elections will again offer scholarship opportunities to students from around the state. Three scholarships in the amount of $1,200 each will be awarded to each winning student at the 2020 FSE Summer Conference in May.

To be eligible for the FSE Scholarship the student applicant shall:

– Be either a political science/public or business administration or journalism/mass communication major.

– Be a citizen of the United States.

– Have been a bona fide resident of Florida for two years preceding the academic year for which an application is made.

– Be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in a senior college or university in Florida; no postgraduate or second-degree students.

– Have finished two years of junior college or undergraduate work (enough credits for enrollment as a junior).

– Submit two current letters of recommendation: one from the college or university last attended or graduated from; and one from a citizen of good standing in the community.

– Submit a resume of your high school and/or college activities as well as what you have done for your community.

– Demonstrate a financial need and furnish a financial statement, which shows what your own contribution is to your educational expenses. (Student does not have to submit an official form, can just send a statement of their financial need.)

– Have maintained a “C” average or above for the previous year.

– Be available for personal interview by the Supervisor of Elections in the county where you are registered to vote.

– Be registered to vote. (Written verification required by the Supervisor submitting an application where you are registered to vote.)

The scholarship must be given to a student attending a Florida university or college, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, with the stipulation that the scholarship check will be made payable to the winning applicant and to the school which they will be attending.

The student must apply in accordance with all eligibility requirements. Failure to do so could result in non-consideration. The scholarship recipient must continue to meet all initial eligibility requirements, maintain a “C” average or above, and remain in good standing at the institution.

The Lee County Supervisor of Elections must receive all applications by Feb. 28. Letters of recommendation must accompany the application or be received by the deadline.

Mail applications to the: Lee County Supervisor of Elections, Tommy Doyle, P.O. Box 2545, Fort Myers, FL 33902.

Each county’s Supervisor will review all applications received and select one finalist to submit to the FSE Scholarship Committee, along with a written opinion of the applicant. The FSE Scholarship Committee will select the winners from the finalists submitted from the Supervisors. A student who has received the scholarship award may make a second application of the following year.

The scholarships are in memory of former Supervisors of Elections Dorothy Ruggles of Pinellas County, Joe Oldmixon of Escambia County and Jimmy Whitehouse of Highlands County.