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    Sunshine Opportunity Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Godbold Foundation

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Feb 20, 2024
    Multiple awards worth up to


    Grade level

    High School Senior

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    March 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    The Sunshine Opportunity Scholarships offered by the Godbold Foundation are intended to help high-achieving students with financial need to afford to pay for college. The scholarship is awarded to up to 10 students per year and is worth $25,000 over four years of in-state undergraduate studies at public universities in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, must have overcome significant obstacles in life and must attend public or private high schools in specific geographic areas of Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina: the counties of Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco in the Tampa Bay area of Florida; the cities of Florence and Marion in South Carolina, and the county of Avery in North Carolina. To maintain the scholarship, undergraduates must be enrolled full-time and remain in good academic standing. The application cycle runs from December 1 to March 2nd every year. If you fit these eligibility criteria, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

    Note from the scholarship provider: The deadline to apply has been extended to March 8 because of the FAFSA delays. If you do not have your Student Aid Index, you have these two options: Report 2022 Adjusted Gross Income and 2022 Federal income taxes (as a PDF) OR use the free Federal Student Aid Estimator, save the results and upload as a PDF. If you have questions, email Nancy Waclawek at [email protected].
    About Godbold Foundation

    The Godbold Foundation in Tierra Verde, FL was established by Francis “Bo” S. Godbold in 1997. Most of the funding provided by the foundation is for college scholarships, which have helped more than 200 students attend Georgia Tech or public universities in Florida. The foundation has expanded its reach since 2021 to include universities in South Carolina and North Carolina.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    High School Senior

    Minimum GPA


    Other Category

    Low Income


    Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina


    Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Avery County


    Florence, Marion

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, submit the below application materials before the deadline. Please note that applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation.


    Academic transcript

    Letters of Recommendation

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Godbold Foundation at [email protected].

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    Yes, the Sunshine Opportunity Scholarship is renewable.

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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