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C. Valentine Bates HOPE Scholarship

 C Valentine Bates Memorial HOPE Scholarship

Our Mission
The mission of the C. Valentine Bates Memorial HOPE Scholarship is to provide financial support for the educational needs of Florida high school seniors without which they would not be able to achieve their educational goals. The scholarship targets students who are not in the top 10% of their graduating class but have managed to maintain a minimum 2.3/4.0 un-weighted GPA to a maximum 3.3/4.0 un-weighted GPA. Students with over a 3.3/4.0 un-weighted GPA do not qualify. These students have demonstrated leadership through participation in school activities, community service, and citizenship. Consideration is given to those students who have shouldered extra responsibility such as working throughout their high school careers to help provide support of siblings or family. 

Please direct all questions about the C. Valentine Bates HOPE Scholarship to Vincent P. Como, PSP, at 954-812-7629 or


To be eligible to apply for a scholarship award from the HOPE Scholarship Fund, you must:
  1. Be a student in the graduating class of a high school or its related equivalent.
  2. Seniors graduating at semester (December) must apply during the application year before they graduate.
  3. Be a resident of the state of Florida.
  4. Be a United States citizen.
Students Targeted:
The HOPE Scholarship is open to students who have maintained a minimum of a 2.3 to 3.3 un-weighted GPA. Students with an un-weighted GPA above 3.3 cannot apply. We are looking for students who have demonstrated leadership through employment, participation in school activities, community service, and citizenship. Special consideration is given to those students who have shouldered extra responsibility such as working throughout their high school career to help provide support for siblings or family.
Boys and girls will compete for identical awards.
Number of Awards and Amounts:
Annually, the Florida State Elks Association (FSEA) will offer scholarships to deserving graduating senior applicants, in amounts ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 per recipient, to any accredited American college, university, community college, or vocational/technical training program. These scholarships are funded by grants from the Elks National Foundation and fundraising campaigns by Florida Elks Charities with total funding expected to be about $106,000 per year. At no time will total annual scholarships exceed funds that have been received for that year.
Program Eligibility Overview
  • Must be a student in graduating class of high school or its related equivalent
  • Seniors graduating at semester (December) must apply during application year before they graduate
  • Must be a resident of the state of Florida
  • Must be a United States citizen
Financial Need  600 points
Scholarship 400 points
Employment 150 points
Leadership 100 points
Essay 100 points
Community Service 50 points
Honors and Awards 50 points
Extracurricular 50 points
The Scholarship:
The scholarship is presented with the understanding that the recipient will enroll in either a 4-year undergraduate study program at an accredited American college or university, or a 2-year college/community college, or an accredited vocational/technical training program. Upon receipt of verification of enrollment and proof of class attendance from the proper school officials, the FSEA will issue a check in the amount of the award which will be forwarded to the college, university, or community college to establish a credit in the name of the recipient.
Restrictions on Use of Scholarship:
There is no restriction for the use of the scholarship. It may be utilized for tuition, books, lab fees, tutoring, room & board, transportation, food, uniforms, etc.
Verification of Use of Scholarship Funds:
Scholarship recipients will be required to provide the FSEA with documentation and receipts for use of all scholarship funds. These documents and receipts will be reviewed by the HOPE Scholarship Committee for accuracy and in some cases further verification of the use of the funds may be requested by the committee.
Unacceptable Conduct:
All scholarship recipients are expected to be good citizens of their community. These principles of law and order and morality are supported by the Order of the Elks. Therefore, unexpended credit is subject to withdrawal by the FSEA if the conduct of the student is contrary to these principles.
Applications Become Property of the FSEA:
After completing this application, please make a photocopy for your records.All applications become the property of the Florida State Elks Association.
Award Distribution:
Scholarship funds must be disbursed within two years of award decision.


 The 2019/2020 application period are open September 1, 2019 with applications due by January 10, 2020

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