Ronald McDonald House Charities® Scholarship program provides scholarships in our 11 county RMHC service area to promising sophomore students who desire a college education and are eligible according to criteria* based on academic performance, drug-free record and community service. Each scholarship is a pre-paid two-year Florida community college tuition or equivalent tuition towards an approved accredited institution.

Our 11 county area consists of:


*Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay partners with Take Stock in Children within the 11 counties in our market area for our scholarship program. Students interested in applying for a scholarship should contact their school counselor by the beginning of their 10th grade.

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Minimum Qualifications

Applicant must demonstrate a special need or family circumstance.

Applicant must be a high school sophomore under the age of 21.

Recipient must be a resident of Florida for 12 consecutive months prior to assignment of the scholarship. The scholarship is assigned at the end of senior year in high school.

Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien, or dependent of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.

Applicant must be eligible for the free/reduced public school lunch program.

Applicant must demonstrate a record of school and community service.

Academic achievement as demonstrated through the applicant’s grade point average and standardized test scores.

Recipient must agree to remain drug-free after being selected. This means not being convicted of, or adjudicated delinquent for, any violation of Chapter 893 after selection.

Recipient must agree to remain crime-free after being selected. This means not being convicted of, or adjudicated delinquent for, any felony or first-degree misdemeanor as defined in statute 775.08 and 775.081 after selection.

Applicant must have the required GPA and credit level to advance to the 11th and 12th grades, and recipient must graduate from an accredited Florida public school, or meet the minimum criteria, pursuant to F.S. 1003.433(2)-K-12 Public Education Instruction, for admission to a postsecondary education institution.

Recipient must agree to meet with a mentor through their 11th and 12th grades.

Recipient must agree to submit an annual personal information/status report after beginning post-secondary education.

Before the end of the student’s twelfth (12th) grade year, the student will be assigned the scholarship contract provided all the above requirements are met.