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Scholarships and Opportunites


2010-2011 Arts for Life! Scholarship Program

Tallahassee, FL - The 2010-2011 Arts for Life! scholarship program is accepting applications.  Annually, Arts for Life! recognizes 25 graduating high school seniors from across Florida for outstanding achievement in the arts.  Each recipient receives a $1,000 cash scholarship toward their pursuit of the arts in higher education.
Columba Bush, Florida's First Lady from 1999-2007, is a passionate advocate for the arts and arts education.  In 1999, she established Arts for Life!, a scholarship program to recognize the creativity and artistic talents of high school students throughout Florida.  To date, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 250 gifted high school seniors in the field of visual arts, dance, drama, music and creative writing.
To be considered for an Arts for Life! scholarship, students must:
  • Be a graduating high school senior from a public, private or home education program in Florida.
  • Submit a completed application, a brief essay explaining "How the arts have positively influenced my life" and a sample of their work in the visual arts, dance, drama, music and creative writing.

A committee of judges for each of the five disciplines, comprised of respected experts, reviews and scores the students' essays and work samples. Scholarships are awarded to top scorers in each discipline.  Scholarships will be awarded in the Spring of 2010.

To apply for a 2010-2011 Arts for Life! scholarship, interested students should visit for an official application and more information on additional requirements.  Applications must be postmarked on or before February 1, 2011.  If you have questions or would like further information, please contact the Foundation for Excellence in Education at (850) 391-4090.
For media inquiries, please contact Jaryn Emhof, Press Secretary, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text62130+'<\/a>'; //--> or 850-391-3072.

Sunshine Week Essay Contest


FEBRUARY 1, 2010



Governor Crist Invites Students to Participate in Sunshine Week Essay Contest

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today announced Florida’s 2010 Sunshine Week “Government in the Sunshine” Web site and invited Florida students in grades 9-12 to participate in the Florida Sunshine Week essay contest.  Observed March 14-20, 2010, Sunshine Week celebrates Florida’s laws dedicated to making state and local government more accessible to the public.

“This year’s Sunshine Week Essay Contest provides an opportunity for high school students to focus on the First Amendment and the importance of open government,” said Governor Crist. “Openness and transparency must be one of government’s top priorities in order to ensure citizens can continue to hold their leaders accountable.”

The essay contest is open to all Florida high school students in grades 9-12 and the winner will be announced during the week of March 8, 2010.  The first-place winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship, the second-place winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship, and third place will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  The contest is supported through the Volunteer Florida Foundation.  Winners will be invited to attend an event at the Governor’s Mansion.


  • After reading the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, contest participants must explain the importance of one or more of the civil liberties found in the First Amendment and how Florida’s open government laws protect these liberties.
  • Each student may enter only one essay, no longer than 500 words and typed or handwritten in print, rather than cursive writing.
  • Essays must include the student’s name, home address, telephone number, school the student attends, grade level and essay title.
  • Essays must be accompanied by a parental waiver form, which can be found at   For electronic entries, the parental waiver may be typed, but if chosen as a winner it will be verified.

Entries must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to: The Executive Office of the Governor, Attention: Sunshine Week Essay Contest, 400 South Monroe Street, The Capitol, Suite PL-04, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0001.  Entries must be emailed or postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 18, 2010.

In addition to the essay contest this year, teachers also have the opportunity to engage their students in activities relating to “Government in the Sunshine."  The crossword puzzle and word search may be accessed and downloaded at

About Sunshine Week

In 2002, Sunshine Sunday was launched by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors in response to increased public and legislative awareness of the open government laws.  After Florida’s trailblazing actions to establish Sunshine Laws, many other states have adopted Sunshine Sunday, which resulted in the American Society of Newspaper Editors designating a Sunshine Week, which started in March of 2005.

Governor Crist’s dedication to the Sunshine Laws is clearly evident.  In his inaugural address, Florida’s 44th Governor made open government a top priority.  He quoted President Abraham Lincoln, pledging under his watch Florida government would be “of the people, by the people and for the people.”  The next day in his first Executive Order, Governor Crist established the Office of Open Government and charged it with providing the Governor’s Office and all state agencies the tools necessary to serve the people of Florida in a professional and efficient manner.

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Pell Grant

Students can qualify for needs-based aid depending on the family income if the student is a dependent or the student's income if the student is independent. You must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

More information on Federal student aid programs and how to apply for them can be found at

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards honor 7-12 grade students' individual works in each of 16 art and eight writing categories. Achieving students receive Pinnacle, Gold, or Silver Awards. High school seniors may also submit a body of art or writing for Portfolio Awards. In June, national award recipients are honored at a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Corcoran Gallery features the winning art. Scholastic annually bestows nearly $250,000 in cash awards on the national and regional levels. In addition, seniors who submit portfolios compete for scholarships from more than 40 institutions and organizations totaling $1.5 million. Deadlines vary depending on regions (Deadlines vary).

To check it out for yourself, contact:
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012;
(212) 343-6493
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