Scholarships and Contests

Scholarships For Future Florida Teachers

It is impossible to estimate the contribution a great teacher makes to our nation, to society, and to the students taught during a lifetime of devoted service to the teaching profession. Unfortunately, there exists, and always has existed, a severe shortage of great teachers. The Florida Retired Educators Foundation (FREF) has established a fund to assist the many young people who are interested in teaching, but unable to fulfill this goal without financial assistance.



Ability to relate to and work with people of all ages.

Academic aptitude and achievement.

Commitment to service, with special interest in teaching children and youth.

Economic need

Emphasis is placed on SAT and/or ACT scores. The minimum score for SAT is 1,000 or above (Reading and Math sections) or ACT is 22 or above.

Participation and leadership in school and community activities.


A scholarship is awarded to a high school graduating senior for one year and can be renewed for a maximum of four years of college if the student maintains a satisfactory level of achievement. Satisfactory achievement is defined as a 2.0 grade point average with no failing grade in any subject.

The amount of the scholarships shall be determined and granted annually by the Board of Trustees of the Foundation. Scholarships are currently $1,000 per year. The year for which the scholarship is granted shall be from July 1 to June 30. When the scholarship is granted a notarized promissory note for the amount of the scholarship shall be signed by the recipient and co‑signed by his/her parents or guardian. Each scholarship note signed may be repaid by one year of teaching in an accredited public or private school in the State of Florida.

Scholarship recipients may attend any accredited public or private community college, a four‑year college or university, provided that their programs are consistent with the goal of becoming a qualified teacher. The recipient will provide the Scholarship Committee of FREF with copies of each quarterly or semester report to parents. The recipient will be obligated to teach in a state accredited public or private school in Florida one year for each year a scholarship is granted. Discontinuation of training, or interruption of teaching during the obligatory period for reasons other than health will cause the notes to become payable on demand. The notes shall carry a rate of interest at 5% compounded per annum.


An application may be obtained from the senior class counselor or career specialist in the local high school, or from the local unit of the Florida Retired Educators Association (FREA). To obtain the name of the local unit and current contact person, call 727-577-6400 or email A current completed application form and a copy of the applicant's high school transcript; including Freshman through Junior years, with the ACT or SAT score circled, must be submitted to the local unit of the Florida Retired Educators Association. In the event the ACT/SAT scores are not printed on the high school transcript, a student applying for this scholarship must send an official copy of these scores along with this application in order to be considered.

This is to be done no later than the DEADLINE set by the local unit of the Association.

All applicants for the scholarships will be notified within three weeks of the decision of the FREF Trustees at their spring meeting.


  • Completed Application
  • Single page typed essay
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Official high school transcript with ACT or SAT scores circled. In the event the ACT/SAT scores are not printed on the transcript, a student applying for this scholarship must send an official copy of these scores along with this application in order for consideration.
  • Mail/submit your application by the local unit deadline. Contact your local FREA Unit (Don’t know who that is?) Then contact the FREA State Office for your Local Unit deadline info: or 727-577-6400