Scholarship Listing

The Foundation is pleased to provide a comprehensive scholarship listing to applicants, prospective applicants and the public. Please note in order to apply for scholarships, an applicant must follow the proper application steps. Scholarship applications submitted by bypassing required steps will be rejected and not considered.


What is an External Opportunity?

External opportunities function like advertisements. Their goal is primarily to provide applicants with information about funding opportunities provided by Foundation donors or donor organizations for which the Foundation do not process applications. From the applicant perspective, external opportunities applications are separate from the internal applications and recipients are determined by the donor or donor organization.

Important External Opportunity Concepts

  • Applications for External opportunities cannot be accepted through the system.
  • Updates and notifications (emails) for External opportunities cannot be made through the system.
  • Applicants may search for particular External opportunities via keyword search.
  • External opportunities do not hold qualification criteria, and thus cannot “match” applicants in the way that Automatch and Apply-to opportunities identify particular applicants. All applicants can see all Published External opportunities.

Optimist Club of the Beaches – Selection will be made the Optimist Club of the Beaches scholarship selection committee. Qualified applicants must complete a separate “external” application in order to be considered. The Foundation’s Board of Directors determines the award amount each year. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2021. Click here for the application.


Judith Buhat Hamner Endowed Scholarship – Selection will be made by the Donor with assistance from the Filipino American Association of Bay County. Qualified applicants must complete a separate “external” application in order to be considered. Preference will be given to students who are of Filipino descent and are active members (individual or family) of the Filipino American Association of Bay County; who are attending or planning to attend Gulf Coast State College or Florida State University; who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Foundation’s Board of Directors determines the award amount each year. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2021. Click here for the application.


Stephen Goodson Memorial Scholarship Award – Selection will be made by a Donor Representative. Qualified applicants first complete a Foundation general application and a separate application in order to be consider. Applicants must have obtained 50 or more community service hours and submit an essay (500 words or less) on the following topic: Describe what it means to serve others/their community along with an example of how the applicant has served others/their community. Please send all essays to [email protected]. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.


Notes:  Once an application is started, it must be finished in order to be submitted.  The application does not have a “save and finish later” feature.  If an applicant leaves without submitting, all work may be lost. Essay answers may be copied and pasted into the designated areas.  Qualified applications will be sent to the Optimist Club of the Beaches scholarship scoring committee for evaluation and selection.  The organization will notify recipients.  Thank you notes are required to be submitted before an award is granted.