Scholarship steers high school seniors, G.E.D. recipients to "Hottest Jobs"

High school seniors and G.E.D. recipients have until March 11 to apply for the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges' "Hottest Jobs" scholarship.

The scholarship aims to provide career options for many who would otherwise join the 1.1 million people already seeking jobs in Florida.

Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 to full tuition and can be used for programs ranging from short-term diplomas to four-year college degrees at participating career colleges in Florida.

“Students can get assistance for training in a wide variety of Florida’s fastest-growing careers from the healthcare industry like surgical technologists and sonographers to computer science as network administrators programmers and technicians,” says Wanda Minick, deputy director of FAPSC.

FAPSC, in partnership with member schools and colleges throughout the state, will offer more than 400 of the scholarships, totaling over $1 million.

In addition to healthcare and computer technology, the group named digital media, culinary arts and paralegal services as Florida’s hottest fields.

Visit to download an application and find a list of participating institutions to contact directly. You can also e-mail for more information.

About the photo: Culinary arts student Tara Leister of Palm Bay makes Cherries Jubilee at Keiser University in Melbourne. (2011 FLORIDA TODAY file/Craig Bailey)

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