The 2014 Achieving the Dream Scholarship Program

The 2014 ATD Scholarship Program

The application period for 2014 scholarships is open and will close on July 25, 2014. FCHCC encourages all those who meet the requirements to apply for the 2014 scholarship. The application can be completed by clicking here and must be submitted by July 25, 2014.

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Below are the requirements to apply for this year's scholarships.

Basis for Selection:

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. Applications will be evaluated and selections made by a panel of judges. Applicants’ scores will be based upon the following criteria:

Financial Need….................................................. 30%
Finalist Interview................................................. 15%
Academic Transcripts and Grades........................... 25%
Honors and Awards.............................................. 10%
Extracurricular Activities / Community Involvement... 10%
Essay................................................................. 10%

Deadline for Submission:

The deadline to apply is July 25, 2014. Selections will be made by the Scholarship Selection Committee and recipients will be informed mid-August. An awards luncheon will be held in October 2014 where recipients will be publicly recognized and awarded. 

Criteria for Selection:

The scholarships have been established scholarships in the amount of up to $2,500 to be awarded to Hispanic students that meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be currently accepted to and planning to attend a two or four year university during the 2014-2015 fall term, or currently a full-time undergraduate or graduate student and has a cumulative GPA average of 2.8 or better.
  • The applicant must be at most a third generation Hispanic, a Permanent Resident Alien or U.S. citizen with established residency in the Florida First Coast region: Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Baker or Nassau Counties; for at least three (3) years prior to the awarding date of the scholarship.
  • The stipend will be used to pay for tuition and/or books and will be in addition to and not to conflict with any other scholarships or grants the student may be entitled to.

Applicants Must Submit:

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcript postmarked by July 25, 2014 (must be sealed by school)
  • Proof of acceptance or enrollment in a two or four-year university or graduate school
  • FAFSA report with EFC (expected family contribution)
  • Essay between 400-500 words on why you need or deserve this scholarship
  • Two professional letters of recommendation that includes contact number

2014 Frequently-Asked Questions:

Can I hand deliver my application to one of the Board of Directors members? 
Your application must be submitted online and only applications submitted online will be accepted. 

Do I need to submit my application via Certified mail?
There's no need to mail your application.

Would I be notified if I have been selected?
Yes, selected recipients will be notified by phone or e-mail. Communications will happen in the late summer. Keep checking our website for the list of selected Achieving the Dream recipients. The names of the selected recipients will be published on our website and in our Fall eNewsletter issue.

Do I have to be Hispanic/Latino to apply?
Yes. You or your family (parents, grandparents) must be of Hispanic descent.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
Yes.  Students must have a minimum cumulative 2.80 GPA based on a 4.00 scale.

  • High School graduating seniors - transcripts must include a cumulative GPA for grades at least 9th through 11th.   
  • Undergraduate students - transcripts must include a cumulative GPA for a minimum of 12 units/credits earned. 
  • If you are a first year freshman or first year community college student at the time you are applying, you will want to enter your final high school GPA and submit your high school transcripts that reflect grades through the end of your senior year.

Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to apply for a scholarship?
Yes. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

I am a high school student. Can I apply?
Yes. High School Seniors are encouraged to apply.

I am older than the traditional college student. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. Our scholarships are not age-based.  Students may apply as long as they meet all the eligibility requirements, regardless of age. 

Do you offer scholarships for Community College Students?
Yes. Our scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in a community college.

I am enrolled part-time. Am I eligible to apply?
Applicants may be enrolled part-time at the time of application.  However, students must be enrolled full-time in order to be eligible to receive the scholarship.

I am a home-schooled student. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. In addition to submitting all required documents, home-schooled applicants must submit a copy of their official results from either the SAT I or ACT test.

I am pursuing my 2nd Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s Degree. Am I eligible to apply?
No. Our program is intended to advance higher education for Hispanic Americans. The program wishes to increase the number of Hispanics earning their first college degree.

Where do I mail the official transcript?
Mail to Attn: FCHCC ATD Scholarship Selection Committee, P.O. Box 57972, Jacksonville, FL 32241. Must be postmarked by July 25, 2014. The official transcripts must come either directly from the school or mailed in the original envelope sealed by the school. Opened or unsealed transcripts will not be accepted.

Who do I contact if I have questions or need clarification?
You can send an email by clicking here (allow 24 hours for a response.)

Don't see your question here? Send an email here.

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Read Our ATD Success Stories

Some of our past Achieving the Dream Recipients have written how receiving the scholarship has impacted their lives, you can read their stories by clicking here!

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Past Achieving the Dream Recipients

2013 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2013
Achieving the Dream Scholarship Winners
Walter Angelica
Frances Rivera-Pacheco
Leslie Echt 
Dainelis Rodriguez
Richard Gibaja 
Sonia SanJuan
Rebeca Leon
Cassandra Santiago-Alejandro
Isabel Nunez Sophia Serrao
Alessandra Paratore Camila Ubalde
Rafael Pichardo Rodrigo Vilaro

Our 2013 ATD Recipients were honored at a luncheon held on October 11, 2013. View pictures from the VIP Reception by clicking here!

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2012 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2012
Achieving the Dream Scholarship Winners
Francisco Borrallo Perez
Graciela Mundac
Grace Dahlstrom 
Alexandra Nunez
Brianna Falcon 
Jessica Ribado
Lisha Lopez
Nancy Robayo

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2011 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2011
Achieving the Dream Scholarship Winners
Sophia Array
Monika Gonzalez Kroll
Amber Boyette
Nicolas Lara
Chedly Broche
Joseph Segis Muslimani
Dimelza Broche
Oscar Vives Ortiz
Shirley Castillo
Jose Barrientos Restrepo
Gianinna Cooper
Nancy Robayo
Carolina Garcia
Diana Rojas
Michael M. Gropper
Katherine Thanos
Mariel Hammond
Karina Alexandra Vargas

ATD Has Grown Over the Years

Follow past years of how ATD has grown. Click here to visit the Media Room.