HFUW and Florida Technical College Launch the “Access to Thrive Education Scholarship”: Free High School Diploma Program for Adults in Central Florida

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Did you know that the United States K-12 system has lost over 26 million adults who do not obtain a high school credential?  

In fact, nearly 40% of adults in the U.S. have below a basic level of English literacy according to a report by the American Institute of Research.  

These numbers are staggering.  

Fortunately, Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) has partnered with Florida Technical College (FTC) to support working adults in Central Florida seeking upward mobility with the launch of the Access to Thrive in Education Scholarship.  

This initiative will award 177 full scholarships to adults who have completed the eighth grade and want to earn a high school diploma. The scholarship application deadline is Thursday, October 20, 2022, and it will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Education at Your Own Pace 

HFUW and FTC understand that time is a luxury for many adults, and they often do not have the financial resources to access educational programs. This free high school education is an accredited online program serviced by Penn Foster High School and covers tuition, fees, e-books, graduation documents, and transcripts.  

Adults can complete the program at their own pace with the ability to finish the courses within six months. 

Regain Control of Your Future 

Nowadays, many occupations require digital literacy skills and many adults without a high school diploma may not meet these qualifications.  

This scholarship gives adult scholars the nudge they need to progress in their careers and increase their chances of building financial stability for their families and their children’s families. 

Learn more about the Access to Thrive in Education Scholarship here

What You Can Do 

  • Share this blog with adults in Central Florida seeking to obtain a high school diploma 
  • Apply if you are an adult in Central Florida interested in progressing your career 
  • Donate to Heart of Florida United Way to support our initiatives, including several programs focused on education 

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