With a mission to improve academic and economic efficiency among minority youths and their families, BLHL partners award scholarships to set a firm foundation for achieving sustainable paths to success.

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Alachua County Housing Authority/Santa Fe College Scholarship

The Alachua County Housing Authority Barbara Higgins Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 to provide scholarships for residents in the housing projects throughout Alachua County to enroll at Santa Fe College. The purpose of this program is to assist public housing residents in pursing an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science, and/or certificate of training. Ms. Higgins, a lifelong resident of Gainesville, was involved in civic and community activities over many years. She was affectionately referred to as ‘Mama’ Higgins by those who knew her. Her infectious smile and kind words were an inspiration to all.
  • Student must have 2.0 GPA
  • Full time or part-time enrollment (12 credit hours for full time student; part-time student will be prorated for the number of hours attending); 6 hours minimum
  • Alachua County high school graduate
  • African-American
  • Alachua County Housing Authority Resident
  • Program of Study: General
  • Pursuing A.A. (Associate in Arts), A.S. (Associate in Science) degree, or Certificate Program
  • Renewable for one additional year if student meets scholarship minimum criteria.
  • Completed Alachua County Housing Authority Scholarship Application
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Teacher/Counselor
    • Administrator

Jerusalem Associations' Women's Barbara L. Higgins Scholarship

Mrs. Higgins was a devoted member and leader at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church for sixty years. Representing her faith was first and foremost in her heart and led her into a life of service. She was State Corresponding Secretary, Woman’s Convention Auxiliary, Florida General Baptist Convention, Inc., and the first woman appointed to its Board of Directors; President of the Jerusalem Associations’ Woman’s Home Mission Convention for fourteen years; and a member of the National Baptist Convention’s Church Women United. In 1994, the Florida General Baptist Convention’s Woman’s Auxiliary approved the establishment of a scholarship in her name to be awarded annually to eligible high school seniors by the Jerusalem Associations’ Woman’s Auxiliary. This scholarship application is released during May and is presented at the Annual Woman’s Auxiliary Session.