Florida Community College



Florida Community College

The Florida Community College program is a merit scholarship for recipients of the associate of arts degrees from a Florida State or Community College graduates.  Around 1950, the State of Florida System included twelve Black community colleges.  Many of these colleges, such as Gibbs Community College (named after the founder of Florida A&M University) served as feeder colleges to Florida A&M University.  In 1968, Gibbs College merged with St. Petersburg Community College, which today is known as St. Petersburg College.  From 1950 to 1968, these colleges provided opportunities for Florida’s citizenry to obtain a college education.  Many of their graduates continued their four-year degrees on the highest of seven hills, Florida A&M University.  In keeping with Florida A&M University’s tradition of providing access, the community college scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to those seeking to earn their bachelor’s degree. 

Students are eligible to receive an award for four (4) semesters.  Students must maintain enrollment in the degree program under which this award was made.  Students may not change majors.  Students must enroll in fifteen credit hours per semester.  Awards are applied toward tuition and fees.  Awards are not made during the summer term.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  • Earned an associate of arts degree from a Florida State or Community College
  • Member of the IGNITE Program
  • Have a 3.3 FAMU recalculated GPA at the time of degree conferral date
  • Must meet admission application deadline (Fall – April 1 and Spring October 1)
  • Validated and completed FAFSA on file in our Office of Financial Aid by January 1

Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of each semester.  For automatic renewal, an award recipient must comply with the policies of the University scholarship program and the bullets below:

  • Enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester.
  • You cannot drop or withdraw from a course(s) after the official university drop and add period has ended (see University Registrar’s calendar).
  • Earn a “C” or better in all courses each semester.  If you do not earn a “C” or better in each course, the scholarship will terminate.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better at the end of each semester. 
  • Maintain the academic program at time of admission (you cannot change your major or degree program)
  • Must enroll in degree program required courses each semester (must follow academic map)
  • Validated (submission of verification documents) and completed FAFSA on file in the FAMU Office of Financial prior to January 1. 
  • Earn 22 hours of community service at the end of each semester (must be documented in iSTRIKE via the Office of Student Activities)
  • Recipients must participate in scholarship activities (President’s Convocation, Scholar’s Speak Series, etc.).
  • Juniors and seniors are required to visit the office bi-weekly and to participate in study and tutorial sessions.
  • Failure to comply with the above bullets or other policies (see handbook)of the University Scholarship Program will result in the loss (termination)of your scholarship. 
  • Loss of scholarship (termination)will not be reinstated at a later date.

Scholarship awards are limited.  Awards will be made based upon the competitiveness of the current pool of candidates and until funds are exhausted.  Scholarships will not be awarded to candidates that require remedial coursework or developmental education.