Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship Program
The Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship (MMB) provides financial assistance to undergraduate
students who meet scholastic requirements, demonstrate financial need, and attend
Edward Waters College,
Florida A&M University, or
Florida Memorial University.
Available funds are contingent upon matching contributions from private sources on behalf of eligible
institutions and funds appropriated by the Florida Legislature.
MMB is a decentralized state of Florida program, which means that each participating institution
determines application procedures, deadlines, and student eligibility.
Initial Eligibility Requirements to Receive Funding
The student will:
- Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. A studentís residency
and citizenship status are determined by the postsecondary institution.
Questions regarding such status should be directed to the financial aid office or admissions
office of the institution the student plans to attend.
- Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program
unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
- Not have previously received a baccalaureate degree.
- Enroll at Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College, Florida A&M
University, or Florida Memorial University as a degree-seeking, undergraduate
student for a minimum of 12 credit hours per term or the equivalent. Applications must be obtained
from financial aid offices at Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College,
Florida A&M University, or Florida Memorial University.
- Have earned a minimum, unweighted, cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent, for high school subjects credited towards a
Applying for an Award
- Demonstrate financial need as specified by the participating institution.
- Meet the application procedures and deadlines established by the participating
institution. Applications may be obtained at the financial aid offices of
eligible participating postsecondary institutions.
Student Award Renewal
- A renewal applicant must have earned a minimum institutional cumulative GPA of
3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and earned the equivalent of 12 credit hours for each term an
award was received during the academic year.
- Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester or third quarter of each
academic year. Credit hours earned during the previous summer can be counted
toward the total number of credit hours required.
- A student should consult the postsecondary institution for renewal
requirements established by the institution.
Failure to Meet the Minimum Renewal GPA
- If a student does not meet the minimum institutional cumulative GPA, a
probationary award may be granted for two semesters or three quarters.
- To be eligible for renewal the following year after probation, the student must
have earned the required credits and institutional cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Failure to Meet the Minimum Renewal Credit Hours
- A student who does not meet the annual minimum of 12 hours per semester (or equivalent) requirement
for renewal (for one or both semesters), may not receive funding the following academic year.
- To be eligible for funding in a subsequent year, the student must apply for restoration
and meet the general eligibility requirements for restoration and have earned an institutional
cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Student Award Restoration
- A student may be eligible for restoration if an institutional
cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is earned at the end of the second semester or third quarter of
the academic year for which he/she was ineligible.
- The student may apply for restoration with the postsecondary institution after two
semesters or three quarters at the end of the spring term.
Student Award Reinstatement
A student who met the requirements for a renewal award, but did not receive an award
during a full year of eligibility and wishes to reestablish use of the grant, may
apply for reinstatement with the postsecondary institution in a subsequent year
provided the student has earned an institutional cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0
scale as of the end of the second semester or third quarter of the academic year
preceding the year the award is sought.
- The postsecondary institution shall rank all eligible applicants on the basis of
- If additional ranking is needed, the institution shall further rank applicants on the
basis of highest cumulative GPA.
- The institution shall notify each student in writing of the status of the studentís
- The annual award for the 2012-13 academic year is $3,000.
- The institution may prorate its scholarship allocation equally among all eligible
initial, renewal, and reinstatement students.
From funds available, the postsecondary institution will disburse awards to eligible
students each term.
Terms of Eligibility
- A student is eligible to receive an award for a maximum of 8 semesters (12
quarters) over a period of 6 consecutive years, until the student receives a
baccalaureate degree, whichever occurs first.
- Undergraduate students participating in college-preparatory instruction, students
requiring additional time to complete the college-level communication and
computation skills testing programs (CLAST), or students enrolled in a 5-year
undergraduate degree program are eligible to receive financial aid for a
maximum of 10 semesters or 15 quarters.
- Unused hours may not be used for further course funding after a student earns
a baccalaureate degree.
An applicant who believes financial aid has been wrongly denied has certain rights to
If aid is denied for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements, an
applicant may appeal the denial to the institution by providing proof of illness or other
emergency beyond the applicant's control. An institutional academic progress appeal
is to be filed in writing within 30 days of the denial letter or by the date established by
the institution's financial aid office, whichever is later.
An applicant must notify the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) of any change in name, address, or institution
attended. A student may update information the following ways:
- By accessing and updating the student record on the OSFA website at
using the assigned User ID and PIN:
- Select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications,
- select Application Status & Award History, and then
- under Initial Student Update, select the appropriate option.
- By calling OSFA toll-free at 1-888-827-2004.
Transferring from one institution to another could affect an applicantís award.
Use of an Applicantís Social Security Number/Non-discrimination
The Privacy Act of 1974 requires state agencies to inform applicants of the reasons for
requesting their Social Security numbers (SSN). The Florida Department of Education
(FDOE) requests an SSN on all applications for student financial assistance in order to
correctly identify applicants, match each applicant's financial aid record with the
student record at the postsecondary institution the applicant attends, and help
coordinate state student aid programs with federal student aid programs.
An applicant will not be denied financial assistance for failure to disclose the SSN. Without an SSN, correct identification
of an applicant's record cannot be assured and may result in an error in the award amount or a delay in the disbursement of an award.
Pursuant to Section 1000.05, Florida Statutes, state student financial assistance is
provided to eligible applicants without discriminating on the basis of race, sex,
national origin, marital status, or handicap. Minority status will be considered when
required by law as a condition of eligibility or selection.
For further information contact the financial aid office at
eligible participating postsecondary institutions or contact the Florida Department of Education, Office of Student
Financial Assistance, State Scholarship and Grant Programs,
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1314, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400. Contact OSFA toll-free at 1-888-827-2004.