Scholarships and Programs

Foundation Scholarships

The FCTC Education Foundation awards an annual scholarship to a student who has demonstrated a passion for their field, academic excellence and financial need.

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GED Success and Kiwanis Club of Historic St. Augustine

Research shows that people with a high school diploma or GED will earn at least $400,000 more in their lifetime than those who lack a diploma. The FCTC Education Foundation provides a GED Success Scholarship for students with a demonstrated financial need. This scholarship covers the cost of  a short, intensive and effective class and all exam fees. GED Success classes are held monthly, for four nights just prior to the GED exam – so students take the exam fresh and confident.  To ensure students will pass the GED, the official GED practice test is given.  This allows instructors to accurately target specific skills students must master. A $130 contribution provides a full student sponsorship and raises earning potential exponentially.

Dee Callum Memorial Scholarship

Dee Callum spent over 30 years helping her clients feel beautiful and now those same clients are giving back to honor her memory.  Dee opened her salon, Dee’s Hair Design, in 1990, fulfilling her dream of owning her own business. According to friend and client, Shirley Jordan, “you entered Dee’s salon a client and left a friend. She touched everyone who met her.” Dee lost her three-year battle with cancer. Her many friends and clients sought to honor her memory by creating a scholarship for future cosmetologists.  The Dee Callum Cosmetology Scholarship was established at FCTC to provide a full-year’s tuition to an enrolled student.  Organizer Shirley Jordan stated, “It is our hope that the recipient will pursue his or her career with the same passion and love that Dee showed to all her clients.”

Ancient City Auto Club Scholarships

Ancient City Auto Club has created two scholarships to promote FCTC student success and automotive technology preservation. Scholarships will be awarded to male or female students ages 18 to 25. High school GPA is a consideration but not a requirement. Applicants are requested to write a short essay describing their interest in the automotive field. Finalists will be interviewed by ACAC members and scholarships will be awarded at FCTC’s Awards Night.

Volkswagen of St Augustine Scholarship Automotive Service Technology

Created in 2014 and endowed by Volkswagen of St. Augustine, this scholarship provides tuition assistance to a current or future Automotive Service Technology student.

Technical Worksmanship Scholarship for Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning

Taylor Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning and Carrier Enterprise established this scholarship in 2015 in honor of Mario “Butch” Taylor Jr., who believed in technical education and passed those skills on to those he worked with at Taylor Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning.

Mary Garnett Scholarship

Established in 2003 in memory of Mary Garnett, this scholarship honors a devoted educator at FCTC’s Putnam Center and is for graduating high school seniors entering First Coast Technical College. Please contact [email protected] to obtain and submit completed FCTC’s Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors application due by April 1, 2016.

St. Augustine Sertoma Club

Sertoma is dedicated to SERvice TO Mankind by providing financial outreach to local residents and outreach that helps other charities fulfill their goals. This scholarship is provided to individuals who are St. Johns County residents.

St. Augustine Dental Society

Local dental professionals from St. Augustine have made this scholarship available to St. Johns County prospective or enrolled students in FCTC’s Dental Assisting program.

The Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine

Founded in 1892, this non-profit organization is committed to its mission of “women helping women”  working to support the Peña-Peck House Museum, to give handcrafters a venue for selling their products, and to provide scholarships for deserving women who are returning to school to prepare for new careers. This scholarship is available to female students 25 or older residing in St. Johns County and in financial need for school related expenses.

Fresh Starts in Culinary Arts

After many months of planning and a helping hand from several local organizations, First Coast Technical College launched the first class of the Fresh Starts in Culinary Arts program at St. Augustine’s St. Francis House in August of 2013. This four week program is designed to provide residents of the St. Francis House with relevant training and certifications that will make them immediately employable one of the fastest growing occupation in Florida – foodservice. Enrolled students train in St. Francis House’s kitchen through a mix of hands-on and classroom instruction, provided by FCTC Chef Instructor Ted Kowalski. Each day, Fresh Starts students prepare a gourmet lunch to be served in St. Francis’s dining room. Incorporated into the dishes are fresh herbs and vegetables picked from the local garden the students planted under the guidance of FCTC’s Agri-Science program. First Coast Technical College, located in St. Augustine, Florida is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEF). FCTC’s culinary arts training programs conform to Florida Department of Education Curriculum standards. The instruction provides students with the certifications that will help them gain meaningful employment and may lead to certification with the ACF. Upon completion of the program there will be opportunities for students to transfer into FCTC’s Commercial Foods/Culinary Arts Program. The new program was created thanks to the generous donations of the St. Augustine Spanish Food and Wine Festival, Wells Fargo and St. Augustine Historic Inns Holiday Tour.


Special thanks to the following organizations who also provided assistance to FCTC students…

  • Betty Johnstone Altrusa Women in Transition
  • Donald E. Heyman, Sr, SkillsUSA Award
  • Elks USA Green Cove Springs Lodge No. 1892
  • Frank V. Oliver, Jr. Endowment at The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida
  • Sanford & Son NAPA Auto Parts 

External Scholarship Sources

FCTC Education Foundation is providing external links for possible scholarship sources as a convenience to FCTC students. The appearance of these external links does not constitute endorsement by FCTC or the Education Foundation.  We also do not have control over the information you find at these locations, and we can not guarantee its accuracy.

  • Horatio Alger Association
    • Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program…over 1,000 scholarships will be awarded at up to $2,500 each. For the 2017-18 school year, applications open March 15, 2017 with a June 15, 2017 deadline.
    • Horatio-2017-Career-Technical-Scholarship-Program-Poster
        • Have completed high school (or earned a GED)
        • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
        • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
        • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
        • Be under the age of 30
        • Be a United States citizen
        • Receive up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree
        • The application will be open with a rolling deadline until all awards have been given out
  • Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
    • Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress, was an advocate of women’s rights. A bequest from Rankin’s estate provided the seed money for establishing Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (JRF). Since 1978, JRF has been awarding scholarships to low-income adult women who have a vision of how a college education will benefit themselves, their families, and their communities.
    • Jeannette Rankin Fund (JRF) scholarships are awarded annually to low-income women, 35 and older, who are pursuing undergraduate degrees at accredited colleges and universities. The scholarships are for $2,000 each and may be used for tuition, books, transportation, childcare and other living expenses and will be disbursed over two school terms, starting in Fall 2017. Selection is competitive, which means that meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 17, 2017.
    • Which Students are Eligible?Women who are at least 35 years of age, and are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States, and are pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree…see more