HOPE Scholar Information and Application

What is HOPE Scholars?
HOPE Scholars is a program designed to improve retention, graduation and the four year college transfer rate of African American and Hispanic males. HOPE Scholar students will attend workshops and seminars, be provided tutorial services, and attend four-year college or university tours. Students will benefit from faculty mentoring and the opportunity to build relationships with their mentors. This will ensure successful completion of an AA/AS degree transferrable to a four-year college or university.

What are the eligibility criteria to participate in the Project HOPE Scholarship?
• Applicants must be enrolled at Hillsborough Community College.
• Applicants must be US Citizens or must meet the requirements of an eligible non-citizen as defined by the Federal Financial Aid Program.
• Applicants must have completed at least 9 credit hours course work at HCC and cannot be in their last semester before graduation.

What are the requirements of the HOPE Scholars Program?
• The HOPE Scholar’s Program is designed for a maximum of two years, after which scholars are expected to graduate and transfer to an upper degree program. 
• Scholars must submit course schedule, progress towards degree, and tentative academic plan of study towards graduation and transfer to the program coordinator each semester.
• Scholars must maintain a minimum of 9 credit hours course load per fall and spring semesters unless in the semester of graduation.
• Graduating scholars must submit a letter of admission to an upper degree program at the end of the semester of graduation to the program coordinator.
• Scholars must maintain a 2.5 GPA on all college course work completed.
• Scholars must attend all scheduled mentoring appointments.
• Scholars must submit all progress reports to faculty mentors.
• Scholars must participate in all scheduled community service events.
• Scholars are required to attend two seminars per semester, one college tour, and the Black Brown College Bound Conference in the spring semester.
• Scholars must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year by March 1.

Application Instructions

1. Complete the HOPE Scholars Application either online here or print out and submit the paper application to one of the locations listed below.  (application must be typed or legibly written)

2. Attach a personal statement (minimum 500 words). The statement must be typed in a 12-point standard font (in Times New Roman), double- spaced,  and should address each of the following:

• Why you should be selected for the Hope Scholars Program
• Discuss your academic strengths and weaknesses
• Discuss your career goals
• Explain any work experience, community service, leadership and school activities in which you participated
• Why you desire a 4 year college degree

3. Using this form, submit at least one letter of recommendation completed by a faculty, staff or college administrator. Recommendations should be sealed.

4. Attach a copy of your unofficial transcript.

Paper applications and additional materials may be submitted to:

Brandon Campus - Mr. Patrick Sneed, BTEC Room 116, 10414 E. Columbus Dr., Tampa, FL 33619-7850
Dale Mabry Campus - Ms. Solis SSB, DSTU 237, 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd.,Tampa, Florida 33614
District Office - Ms.Barbara Cockfield, GWSC 713, 39 Columbia Drive, Tampa, Florida 33606
Plant City Campus -  Ms. Charlene Bell, PSTU 212, 1206 North Park Road, Plant City, FL 33563
SouthShore Campus - Ms. Sheila McCants, STPR Room H, 551 24th Street NE, Ruskin, FL 33570
Ybor City Campus - Ms. Margaret Petway, YSSB, 2nd floor Information Desk, 1320 E. Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.