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DSC Foundation Scholarship

The Daytona State College Foundation is proud to offer scholarships to currently enrolled and incoming students at Daytona State College. We have simplified the application process by inviting you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Foundation application. Your eligibility will be determined by the information you provide, so please take time to provide as much information as possible.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

More scholarship opportunities are available requiring an additional application are also available! Keep reading to find out more.

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How do I get a scholarship?

Apply in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Complete the FAFSA with the DSC code, 001475.
  2. Write a brief essay in a format that you can copy and paste into the Foundation scholarship application. This essay should focus on your educational and career goals and should be 150 to 300 words in length. Be sure to spell and grammar check your essay, then save it in a folder where you can easily find it to insert in the Foundation application.
  3. Complete the Foundation scholarship application. It can be completed in more than one session, but be sure you click ‘Save and Continue’ prior to logging out, Once complete, click the ‘Submit’ button and we will get to work.

DSC Scholarships requiring a separate application

These are scholarships requiring a separate application process. Please review the information below if you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships.

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  • L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Speaker Series Scholarship Application

    The L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Speaker Series Scholarship will be awarded to students interested in becoming entrepreneurs. Up to three $1,000 scholarships may be given, based on the following criteria:

    • One to a Volusia or Flagler County high school student who plans to attend DSC
    • One to a DSC college-credit student
    • One to a DSC Adult Education student
    • High School students applying for the scholarship should click here to create an account.

    The new applications for the Fall 2022 L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Series will open on September 1, 2022. The deadline to submit your application and letters of recommendations is November 3, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Halifax Hospital Education to Employment Scholarship

    Halifax Health and the DSC Foundation will provide scholarships to students who are majoring in eligible allied health fields or who are taking prerequisites for limited access allied health fields. The amounts of the scholarships will vary. Students taking prerequisites will receive a scholarship for tuition and fees. Students in the actual allied health majors will receive a scholarship for tuition, fees, and books.

    After completing the program at DSC, students will work at Halifax Health or a Halifax Health Affiliate for a minimum of 3 years. Eligibility to continue in the program will be evaluated each semester until program completion.

    Eligible Majors


    • Be enrolled in an eligible major or taking prerequisite classes toward that major while awaiting admission to a limited access program
    • Be enrolled at DSC for at least 6 credit hours per semester (students taking prerequisites or vocational certificates are not subject to this minimum)
    • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Be a resident of Volusia, Flagler, or Brevard Counties
    • Be willing to enter into a separate agreement with Halifax Health or a Halifax Health affiliate regarding future employment
    • Follow the application and approval process

    For more information, click here or contact Admissions:
    (386) 506-3642

    Deadline to apply for Fall 2021: March 1 - June 30
    Deadline to apply for Spring 2022: August 1 - November 14

  • Vets Create Program

    The Vets Create Program offers scholarships to veterans, active duty personnel, their spouses, and dependents (18 and older)to enroll in a variety of DSC studio arts courses. The scholarship covers in-state tuition, all lab fees, and tools.

    For more information, contact

    Deadline to apply for Spring 2022: Prior to the start of Spring 2022 classes (January 18, 2022)

  • William H. Murray Memorial Scholarship Application

    Multi-semester scholarship is awarded in the fall and spring to students in the nursing program who meet the following criteria:
    Continuing DSC students;

    • Enrolled in at least 10 credit hours within the nursing program
    • Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
    • Demonstrate financial need

    Deadline to apply: To be determined

  • S-STARS Scholarship (Students-Success Through Academic Resources & Services)

    A full in-state tuition scholarship program open to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students currently:

    • Must have a STEM major excluding any medical, clinical, nursing, or health majors
    • Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours or more at DSC
    • Have a cumulative 3.0 or better GPA
    • Be eligible for financial aid and have a FAFSA on file
    • Be willing to attend mandatory meetings and fulfill scholarship requirements as outlined in S-STARS application

    Two letters of recommendation are required with your application - one from a STEM faculty or supervisor, the other can be from anyone that is not a family member or friend.

    Submit application and recommendation letters to Anindya Paul at

  • TRIO Grant Aid Scholarship

    The TRIO Grant Aid scholarship funds will be awarded to students who have been active in the TRIO Student Support Services program for at least one semester. Please complete the scholarship application if you meet the following criteria:

    • You are currently active in TRIO Student Support Services and have completed the 3-2-1 requirement
    • You are a Federal Pell Grant Recipient
    • You are registered for at least 3 credits the following semester
    • You have a 2.5 minimum GPA and are in compliance with SAP

    Deadline to apply for Fall 2022: December 16, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Garden Club of Halifax Country

    The Garden Club of Halifax Country is pleased to provide a $2,000 scholarship to a student enrolled in Photographic Technology. The qualified candidate must:

    • Successfully completed a minimum of 24 credit hours
    • Be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits)
    • Have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0
    • Be a resident of Volusia or Flagler county
    • Submit a letter of recommendation from a DSC faculty member

    o    Please have the name and email address of your recommender available when clicking "Add Recommender". The DSC faculty member will receive an email with instructions on completing your recommendation. 

    o    Be sure to ask the DSC faculty member BEFORE submitting his/her name and email to prevent submission delays

    o    If you have any difficulties adding the recommendation, letters can be sent to Isabel Candelas at

    Preference will be given to students who have completed a 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate financial need.

    In addition, the selected candidate will be invited to attend an event hosted by the Garden Club of Halifax Country.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes three lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement.

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  • What are the Initial Eligibility Requirements to Receive Funding?

    The student will:

    • Meet Florida's residency requirements for receipt of state student financial aid by maintaining Florida residency for purposes other than education for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of class of the academic term for which funds are requested. A student's residency status is determined by the postsecondary institution. An applicant who has questions regarding residency status should contact the financial aid office of the institution he/she plans to attend.
    • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. A student's residency and citizenship status is determined by the postsecondary institution. An applicant who has questions regarding residency status should contact the financial aid office of the institution he/she plans to attend.
    • Not owe a repayment under any state or federal grant or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
    • Not be in default on any federal Title IV or state student loan program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.

    View specific coursework and minimum grade point average (GPA) and test score requirements by visiting the First Time Applicants link, on the Bright Futures website.

  • How Does a Student Apply?

    For Initial Eligibility the student will:

    • Submit a fully completed (error free) Florida Financial Aid Application during his/her last year in high school (after December 1 and prior to graduation) by accessing online (select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications, then Apply Here). The application gives the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) permission to evaluate the student's high school transcript and standardized test scores for eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship and other state scholarships and grants.
    • Apply during his/her last year in high school, before graduation, or will forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship.
  • How Does a Student Renew?
    • A student who receives funding during the current academic year (fall through spring) is automatically evaluated for renewal at the end of the spring term.
    • Renewal cumulative GPA and completed hours requirements are outlined in the Bright Futures outline on the Bright Futures Fact Sheet.
    • The institution where a student is enrolled as degree- or certificate-seeking is the home institution. That institution determines the courses to be included in each student's renewal institutional cumulative GPA.
    • A student may request that a financial aid officer at the home institution use his/her high school dual enrollment courses to his/her advantage when calculating the renewal institutional cumulative GPA.

Office of Financial Aid

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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