At Hodges University, we know that sometimes the drive a student has to succeed doesn’t always match the means they have to pursue their education. That is why we are dedicated to assisting students to find financial aid and scholarship opportunities to help them in their path to success. In addition to the 11 million dollars in EASE grant awards we have distributed, we have a number of institutional scholarship opportunities available as well.
Global requirements of eligibility for institutional scholarships include, but are not limited to: Students must be an undergraduate or graduate student being in good standing in their current session with at least a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for undergraduate students and a 3.0 GPA for graduate students. Individual scholarship awards may have additional information and qualifying criteria which can be found below.
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General Scholarship Opportunities
Friends of the University Scholarships:
Friends of the University Scholarships have the above criteria plus a requirement that students must submit an essay addressing their Hodges experience to date, their academic successes, a personal development plan, as well as their future career goals and expectations after graduation. Our Friends of the University include general donors and our generous donors giving to the University on a regular basis include:
– Thelma Hodges
– Collier County Education Facility Authority
– John R. Wood
– Raymond & Margaret Pettit
– Lavern Norris Gaynor
Named Scholarship Opportunities:
- Earl & Thelma Hodges Scholarship
- Jerry F. Nichols Accounting Scholarship Criteria – Students must be enrolled full-time in an Accounting degree program with at least a 3.0 GPA for either undergraduate or graduate student.
- Meftah Foundation Scholarship for Single Mothers – This scholarship is for single mothers with minor children living at home; females; enrolled in an on-campus or online academic program; pursuing their college degree to increase their job opportunities and family income.
- Moorings Park Foundation Scholarship in Clinical Mental Health – This scholarship is for students pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; priority will be given to those residing in Collier County.
- Moorings Park Foundation Scholarship in Nursing – This scholarship is for students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing; priority will be given to those residing in Collier County.
- North Naples Rotary Scholarship – Scholarship funds will (1) go to students who have graduated from Collier County Schools or (2) who reside in Collier County; recipients should attend a minimum of one Naples North Rotary meeting, coordinated through Hodges and a club member; recipient is expected to participate in one of Naples North Rotary service projects in the year/session funding was received.
- Earl & Thelma Hodges Veterans Scholarship – Full-time or part-time (at least 6 credit hours per term); demonstrated academic achievement and integrity of character; veterans honorably discharged from active duty; submit an essay addressing personal military service record and post-graduation career goals and plans.
- Jerry F. Nichols Veterans Accounting Scholarship – Degree Program in Accounting; preference is given to Veterans; full-time enrollment for the session scholarship is awarded; at least a 3.0 GPA for either undergraduate or graduate students.
- John & Joanne Fisher Scholarship – Must be a veteran or spouse of a veteran that has been honorably discharged; submit an essay addressing personal military service record or spousal perspective of the impact thereof including post-graduation career goals and plans; full-time enrollment for the session scholarship is awarded; resident of Collier, Lee or Charlotte County; at least a 2.5 GPA for either undergraduate or graduate student.
- Peter & Stella Thomas Scholarship – Must be a veteran that has been honorably discharged; submit an essay addressing personal military service record including post-graduation career goals and plans; full-time enrollment for the session scholarship is awarded; resident of Collier, Lee or Charlotte County; at least a 2.5 GPA for either undergraduate or graduate student.
- Scholarship Assistance for Veterans Education (SAVE) Fund– Must be a veteran or spouse/dependent of a disabled or deceased veteran pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Additional Funding Sources:
Florida Independent College Fund
As a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), Hodges University has the opportunity to apply for scholarships provided by the Florida Independent College Fund (FICF). The FICF is a non-profit foundation for program and resource development for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF). It secures funds from private donors, industry, and businesses, as well as from the state of Florida. FICF scholarships have specific forms and criteria for consideration. The Hodges University Scholarship Committee reviews student applications for HU private funding assistance as well as the overall student body to find appropriate nominations for the FICF awards.
If a student is awarded a FICF scholarship and the amount exceeds the cumulative private scholarship dollar amount, expressed in guideline number two, then the student may not be considered eligible for any further assistance from the Hodges University Scholarship Committee.
- The appearance, presentation, and completeness of the application form will be taken into account in the awarding of scholarships. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All applications and reference letters become the property of Hodges University and will not be returned.
- Any scholarship application found to contain false or misleading information will be eliminated from further consideration by the Scholarship Committee.
- Essays, if required, will be judged on style and content as well as writing that is clear, articulate logically organized, and demonstrates an outstanding grasp of the philosophical and psychological issues involved in the assigned topics.
- The Hodges University Scholarship Committee may interview applicants as part of the process in the event additional information is required for the decision process.
- In awarding the scholarships, the Hodges University Scholarship Committee judges the applicants based upon (1) academic performance, (2) the candidate’s application essay, if required, (3) personal interviews, if required, (4) financial need, and (5) application completeness.
- Scholarships provided by the FLORIDA INDEPENDENT COLLEGE FUND (FICF) are considered the same as other private scholarships of Hodges University. Students are nominated for the FICF awards by the Hodges University Scholarship Committee. Award amounts established by the FICF may vary.
Hodges University is currently participating in the EASE (formerly known as FRAG) program. Over the past 5 years, Hodges University has been able to award EASE to over 7,500 students with approximately $11M in grant funding.
Hodges University is currently participating in Bright Futures with approximately 10 students utilizing BF funding for their educational costs.
Hodges University does partner with Florida Pre-Paid and allows students to utilize their FPP funding at their discretion.
How Do I Apply For Scholarships?
Award Spring is our electronic system where students can log in (single sign-on) and fill out the application for any scholarship. Prior to applying, students can see detailed information about each of our scholarships and the criteria needed to potentially receive requested funding. It’s a great tool that allows students to apply for one or multiple scholarships at the same time. We are currently working on upgrading our Award Spring system so students can see even more details about scholarships, criteria needed, deadlines for each scholarship application, and when to apply for each scholarship – these upgrades will be coming for the January 2019 session and beyond.
Scholarship Funding Disclaimer
The purpose of the Hodges University scholarship program is to supplement the resources of students to the extent possible to enable them to begin or to continue university studies. All students are eligible to apply for scholarships. Please remember that if a student is already receiving a tuition discount and/or tuition waiver as a part of other university agreements or policies, this type of funding is classified as institutional aid and those students will be ineligible to receive both tuition discounts/waivers and institutional scholarships.
Active Duty Military Program – $250 tuition discount per credit hour
– The Active Duty Military Discount is available to Active Duty Title 10 Service Members and Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) as defined below. This discount is available for any eligible degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student.
Veteran Program – $100 tuition discount per credit hour
– The Veteran Discount is available to honorably discharged veterans who are not eligible for any Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense education benefits. This discount is available for any eligible degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students.
CareerSource Program – $100 tuition discount per credit hour
– The CareerSource Discount is available to students who are enrolled in a current session and are receiving financial assistance from CareerSource for their educational expenses.
Employer/Corporate Partner Program – $100 tuition discount per credit hour
– The Employer/Corporate Partner Discount is available to students who are enrolled in a current session and are employed by one of Hodges University’s Employer/Corporate partners. A list of current Partners can be found on the Hodges website.
Hodges University Graduate (HUGS) Program – $100 tuition discount per credit hour
– The HU Graduate Discount is available to students who are enrolled in a current session and have completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Hodges University and are now completing their first Master’s Degree with Hodges University.