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Scholarships for Class of 2024 Seniors

Students can apply online using the link below beginning January 1, 2024, with applications closing on March 1, 2024. Award eligibility is open to public school graduates pursuing a post-secondary education at a technical school, state college or state university. Please use a valid personal email to register (DO NOT use student/school operated emails).

To apply, visit: https://edfoundationlake.awardspring.com

If you have questions about scholarships, please reach out to Kacey Edmondson or review the FAQs here. For more information on each scholarship, please review the information below.


BILL HAYES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Lake County Schools planning to pursue a career in culinary arts or hospitality industry. Applicants will need to show proof of enrollment into a culinary arts program. Applicants must have a 2.5 or higher GPA.

EDMOND AMATEIS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Lake County Schools who demonstrate a financial need, as determined by income eligibility guidelines established by USDA. Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher GPA.

FRANK PAULHAMUS SCHOLARSHIP (LAKE SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT)

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate pursuing a career in the agriculture or environmental-related field. Applicants must submit a narrative detailing their educational or career plans in the field. 

GOLDEN TRIANGLE EAGLES EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Tavares, Mount Dora, or Eustis High School. Applicants must be actively involved in the community and have a 2.5 or higher GPA.

HERBERT LEHNER CHARITABLE TRUST VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a Tavares High School graduate who demonstrates a financial need, as determined by income eligibility guidelines established by USDA. Applications should include a 250-word essay and a photograph. Applicants must have a 2.5 or higher GPA. Applicants should express a desire to pursue a career path in a vocational/CTE program. This scholarship is intended for use through Lake Technical College.

HOPE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Umatilla High School who has a 2.5 or higher GPA. Applicants should be ones that persevered through challenges they faced in high school and be able to show that they improved their scholastic attitude and grades. They should be actively involved in the community and now be college/university bound.

JERROD HALL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Umatilla High School. Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher GPA.

KURT’S A/C AND HEAT VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Umatilla High School. Applicants should express a desire to pursue a career path in a vocational/CTE program; preferably HVAC but all trades will be considered. This scholarship is intended for use through Lake Technical College.

LAKE SUMTER LIONS CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to students who attend Leesburg High School, Wildwood Middle High School and The Villages Charter High School. Applicants will need to submit documentation supporting community involvement. Applicants must have a 2.5 or higher GPA. 

LHS SWARM SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Leesburg High School planning to attend trade/technical college. Applicants must have a 2.0 or higher GPA. Applicants should express a desire to pursue a career path in a vocational/CTE program.

LHS STING SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Leesburg High School planning to attend a college/university. Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher GPA.

LINDA KOHLMEYER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Leesburg or Tavares High School. Applicants must be actively involved in the community and have a 2.5 or higher GPA.

MIKE STONE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Eustis, Leesburg, Mount Dora or Tavares High School. Applicants must be actively involved in the community, an essay should be included describing applicant’s volunteer activities and why they feel it is important to volunteer. Applicants must have a 2.5 or higher GPA.

SAMUEL SHEPHERD CIVIL RIGHTS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a minority student, preferably African-American, planning to pursue a law degree. Scholarship will be split into two payments with the subsequent payment contingent upon the recipient maintaining a 2.7 GPA while in college.

SCOTT STRONG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Lake County Schools. Applicants must be actively involved in the community and have a 2.5 or higher GPA.

TAMMY JERKINS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Leesburg High School. A desire to become a teacher is preferred but not a requirement. Graduates who plan to attend a vocational or trade school program for a similar career path are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a 2.5 or higher GPA.

TAVARES COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Tavares High School. All applicants for this scholarship must have attended all 3 Tavares Schools (Tavares Elementary, Tavares Middle and Tavares High). Applicants must have a 2.5 or higher GPA.

UHS VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Umatilla High School. Applicants should express a desire to pursue a career path in a vocational/CTE program through Lake Sumter State College or Lake Technical College.

VILLAGES WORKING WOMEN SOCIAL GROUP SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to a female graduate from Leesburg High School. Applicants must have a 2.5 or higher GPA.