Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Osceola County Commissioners are using $1.3 million to kick off a Valencia College scholarship program that will build the county’s financial and economic resilience by investing in postsecondary education opportunities for residents.
The funds will provide a $500 scholarship for up to 2,000 Osceola County residents who start as a degree- or certificate-seeking student in Fall 2021. The program — known as Fall Osceola County Resident Enrollment Award — is intended for anyone seeking postsecondary opportunities. The scholarship will cover the upfront cost of tuition and fees for one course and will provide for the cost of textbooks or other instructional materials to set each student up for success.
In addition to the $1 million slated for 2,000 new students, the county will provide $300,000 to be used as scholarships for existing Valencia College students from Osceola County who have outstanding balances and are risk of being dropped from their Valencia classes if they cannot pay what they owe.