General Scholarships

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
CBT College gives you the opportunity to obtain the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship; this program was established by the United States Congress to provide scholarships to outstanding high school graduates who show promise of continued academic achievement. This program is offered through the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance.

To be considered, a student must submit a completed Florida Financial Aid Application by April 5th. High School principals/district personnel may nominate one applicant per High School by a date specified by the FLDOE, who will compete with a pool of regional applicants to be considered for a potential award.

José Martí Challenge Scholarship
CBT College gives it to all Hispanic students the opportunity to apply to the José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund, this scholarship is a need-based merit scholarship that provides financial assistance to eligible students of Hispanic origin who will attend Florida public or eligible private institutions.  Applicants for undergraduate study must apply during their senior year of high school.  Graduate students may apply, but priority for the scholarships is given to graduating high school seniors.  The number of new awards made each year is subject to contributions from private sources and funds appropriated by the Florida Legislature.

Scholarships for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans
The State of Florida provides scholarships for dependent children of Florida veterans or servicemen who died as a result of service-connected injuries, diseases, or disabilities sustained while on active duty; or have been verified by the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs as having service-connected 100% total and permanent disabilities.

The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs will certify the official status of the veteran or serviceman. Funds for the Scholarships for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans or Children of Servicemen Classified as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action are contingent each year upon the appropriations made available to the Office of Student Financial Assistance by the Florida
Legislature. To be considered, a student must submit a completed Florida Financial Aid Application by April 1st

Bright Future Scholarship
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes three lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement. The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program is comprised of the following three awards:

  • Florida Academic Scholars Award (FAS)
  • Florida Medallion Scholars Award (FMS)
  • Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (GSV)
  • To be considered, a student must submit a completed Florida Financial Aid Application during his/her last year in high school (after December 1st and prior to graduation).

Mensa Education Foundation
The Mensa Education & Research Foundation college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need. The U.S. scholarship program is very large in the geographic area it covers (usually about 75 percent of the country), the number of applications (4,000 to 6,000 in recent years), and the amount of money available for awards (nearly $70,000 last year). The Foundation’s U.S. scholarship program is operated by approximately 400 volunteers around the country with support by the Foundation Director and American Mensa’s office staff. Applicants need not be Mensa members.

The Foundation’s international scholarship program is open to foreign Mensans or their dependents attending college in the United States.

Website: Mensa Foundation Scholarship Program

USA Funds
USA Funds is the nation’s leading education loan guarantor. A nonprofit organization, USA Funds works to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services. USA Funds® will award up to $1 million in scholarships to students with economic need through USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships®.

Website: USA Funds

Sallie Mae Fund Programs
The Sallie Mae Fund sponsors several scholarship programs and supports hundreds of college scholarships. All of our programs are based on financial need, as The Fund seeks to bridge the dollar gap when no one else can. With an estimated $3 billion in private scholarships awarded nationally each year, The Fund aims to send the message that money is available to those who make the effort to apply. Since 2001, The Sallie Mae Fund has awarded more than $15.5 million in scholarships to more than 6,350 students.

Website: Sallie Mae Fund Programs

Grade Potential Tutoring Student Scholarship
Grade Potential Tutoring is proud to provide students with the opportunity to win an annual college scholarship of $1,000! We are proud to assist students with their investment in education. Many local families trust us with their educational investment on a regular basis, so we feel great about giving back in a similar way!

Website: Grade Potential Tutoring Student Scholarship

How to Apply
Thanks for your interest in our scholarship! Each year we select the essay that our panel of 3 judges determines to be the best.
The Fall deadline to apply is November 15th. The Fall winner will be announced to all applicants on December 10th.

  1. The Spring deadline to apply is May 15th. The Spring winner will be announced to all applicants on June 10th.
  2. The current essay prompt is, “Who has inspired your education the most and why?”
  3. Please email your entry to:
  4. Entries must be between 300-1,000 words

No purchase necessary to enter or win.
Void where prohibited by law.
One entry per household per year.
Winner will be notified via email (or if no email address is provided, by telephone) on or before the Winner Selection Date.
Failure by potential winner to respond to such notification within ten (10) days of notification, failure by the potential winner to adhere to these Official Rules, or the return of the Grand Prize as undeliverable will result in disqualification of the potential winner and an alternate winner will be selected. Grade Potential reserves the right to modify or end the Promotion at any time.