Think Big for Kids Scholarships

As part of our Job Readiness & Placement pillar, Think Big believes scholarships are critical to supporting our kids’ chosen career plans. We award numerous scholarships every year to help graduates access the education and training they need to achieve their dreams. Whether students plan to go directly to work for on-the-job training, pursue a technical trade certification, or attend a university program, our scholarships support a variety of career paths.

Our Scholarships

Think Big for Kids has worked closely with our donors and partner organizations to create multiple scholarships for graduating high school students. The application window for scholarship applications typically runs from early November to mid-January each year.

Think Big Expect More Scholarship

The Think Big Expect More Scholarship was established to offer financial assistance to a student who plans to further their education post-high school graduation at another educational institution. This includes attending a community college, trade school or university for a certification, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree. We hope to encourage students to think big and expect more by pursuing education and training to meet their career goals and will award this scholarship to a student that demonstrates the core values of integrity, determination, and passion. The Think Big Expect More Scholarship opportunity offers students financial support of up to $5,000 to work towards completing their training, certification, or degree at a school of their choice.

Think Big SME Technical Trades Scholarship

Awarded in conjunction with the SME Foundation, the Think Big SME Technical Trades Scholarship is a scholarship that helps students obtain the education and training they need to begin a career in a technical trade, such as carpentry, masonry, welding, electrical work, and power plant services. The scholarship provides up to $5,000 for technical training through Hillsborough Community College, St. Pete College, Erwin Technical College, or other institution.

Think Big Perseverance Scholarship

The Think Big Perseverance Scholarship was established to offer financial assistance to students who plan to attend a two-year community college program and then transfer to complete their bachelor’s degree at a university. The Think Big Perseverance Scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates their character through determination, persistence, and passion. This scholarship will provide support for students who have been accepted into a two-year community college program and intend to transfer to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree after their two years are complete. Upon completion of the two-year community college program, the Think Big Perseverance Scholarship will cover the cost of tuition (up to $15,000) for the remaining two years, equivalent to full-time student credit hours, at an in-state university.

Think Big JDP Electric Apprenticeship & Job Opportunity

The JDP Electric Apprenticeship & Job Opportunity was established to help a student begin their career path of becoming licensed Journeyman electricians. After graduation, the qualifying student will be offered a full-time job at JDP for the first year to gain experience and exposure to the field of electrical work. An hourly wage plus overtime at time and a half will be offered. Upon successfully completing one year as an Electrician’s Helper, the student will begin a four-year trade school program and will attend class two nights per week. JDP will cover all academic expenses as part of the apprenticeship. During this time, the student will continue to work for JDP and receive the required OJT (on-the-job-training) skills, training, and supervision needed for the certification exam. After passing their exams the student will receive their Journeyman electrician certification and will join the JDP Electric team with the ability to manage their own jobs and earn an approximate starting salary of $47,000 – $50,000 annually.

Scholarship

In honor of Undersheriff Paul F. Alley Sr.

The Think Big Law Enforcement Scholarship was established to offer financial assistance to a student who plans to pursue a career in law enforcement. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who shows passion for becoming a police officer, a deputy, or deputy sheriff. This student must show interest in law enforcement, empathy, stewardship, and commitment to the community. The scholarship will provide support for students who have been accepted into a post-secondary education institution, either community college or university, to pursue courses towards a law enforcement career. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, uniforms, and other school expenses of up to $6,000.

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