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Pathway to Success Scholarship

The Atkins Educational Foundation commits to providing financial and personal support for first-generation female college students. We believe educating a woman not only allows her to improve her future but to change the trajectory of her family for generations to come. 


We achieve this goal by closing the gap between the aid she has received and the true cost of attending college. Our purpose is to provide resources and guidance throughout the student’s university experience from acceptance through graduation.

Our Commitment


Cover remaining costs of attending the in-state university of your choice for four years.

Provide guidance and resources to assist in your collegiate experience through graduation

Fund one summer learning opportunity (e.g. summer internship, study abroad, or academic research).

Eligibility Requirements

of the Recipient

  • Applicant must be a first-generation female student entering freshman year. 

  • First-generation is defined as a student whose parents, grandparents and siblings did not attend college.

  • Applicant must be a Florida resident applying to a 4-year, public in-state university.

  • Applicant must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. (FAFSA) and a Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA).

  • Applicant must have applied to two other external scholarships.

"As a university graduate, I know the personal feeling of pride and excitement that comes with attending university.  From the moment you receive your acceptance letter to the exams you spend countless late nights studying for, the lifelong friendships you make with your fellow alumni to the moment that you receive your diploma, the journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful, and pivotal one.  

I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world, myself included. It was through scholarships, financial aid programs, and, work study, where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition that I was able to attend university.  And without question, it was worth every effort.

Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education that they want, but more importantly, the education that they have the right to receive.”  

“Providing them with access to education is key to economic and social development.  Because when girls are given the right tools to succeed they can create incredible futures.  Not only for themselves but for all of those around them.”

⁃ Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and American actor from Los Angeles, California


Expectation of Recipient

  • Attend university orientation and foundation orientation before first semester.

  • Join and participate in the campus organization of choice to help recipient find a community on campus. With university permission, AtkinsEF will cover any associated fees.

  • Meet with member of the foundation mid-semester to discuss educational and personal progress.

  • Maintain a 2.0 average GPA to avoid losing scholarship.

  • Commit to attending tutoring if GPA drops below a 2.75 average in order to avoid academic probation.

  • Submit End of Semester Report including final grades, overall GPA, Campus Activity Report, and proof of resubmittal of FAFSA forms and reapplication for other awarded scholarships.

  • Live on campus freshman year.

Inspirational message from Michelle Obama to High School Students...

"The person with the biggest impact on your education is YOU." - Michelle Obama

"When women get a good education, they transform their lives and their family for generations."

- Michelle Obama

NOTE:  Fast Forward to 3:43 to skip over thank yous.

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