College & Career

Links and resources for planning your future.

Scholarship Bulletin

Check back often for a current list of scholarships available in the college and career lab.

Polk Education Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Polk Education Foundation is ranked #17 out of top 100 Education Foundations in the Nation! Polk Education Foundation Scholarships will open February 11th and close on March 4th. All applications are available online at the district website and must be printed, completed, and returned to Mrs. Cook or to your guidance counselor. If you need assistance please stop by College & Career.

Scholarship Opportunity

Are you a high school senior, with at least a 2.5 GPA, planning to attend an accredited Florida public or private college, with a major in computer science and/or information technology?  If the answer is yes, please see Mrs. Cook in College & Career for a $3,000 scholarship opportunity!  The deadline is fast approaching, so please do not wait!

The David Logan Scholarship

The David Logan Scholarship is awarded once each year to four high school seniors (one male and one female in both Tampa Bay and Central Florida) who excel in athletics and academics. This scholarship is in memory of David Logan, Former NFL player ans sportscaster on "The Sports Connectin" on Bay News 9. The $2,500.00 scholarship is meant to assist students as they transition to college and the application must be received by February 28th.

If you are a Senior, have a minimum GPA of 3.5, have participated in athletics, and attend AHS, please see Mrs. Cook for an application today!

American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program Contest

Attention students who are seeking a high-yield scholarship with national-level completion: The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program Contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation's laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. Students who are interested in applying can go to and see Mrs. Cook in College & Career.

2015 National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Award

Are you a young entrepreneur, this scholarship may be picture perfect! Are you a young entrepreneur? Do you know a young entrepreneur? Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2015 National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Award from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Visit for more information or see Mrs. Cook in College & Career. Applications will be accepted between October 1st and December 18th. Apply today because this opportunity could be gone in a flash!

College and Scholarship Resources

Click Here to access over 70 online scholarship search sites, an online GPA calculator, and many

Historically Black College & University Recruitment Jump Off Event

The Polk County Pan-hellenic Council is sponsoring the Historically Black College & University Recruitment Jump Off Event, in Lakeland, on Saturday, January 31st, from 8:00 AM until Noon.

Recruiters from Bethune Cookman University, Edward Waters College, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, and Florida Memorial University will be on site.

Admission is free! There will also be Free Breakfast, Door Prizes, Giveaways, and ample opportunities to seek out Scholarship Funds! If you are interest in learning in a diverse, culturally rich environment, then this event is for you!

Please see Mrs. Cook in College & Career if you would like more information.

Need Help filling out the FAFSA?

Auburndale High School will be holding a Financial Aid Workshop on February 19, 2015 in the North Campus Media Center to assist parents that need help or have questions about filling out the 2015-2016 FAFSA Application. Click Here for more information.

Financial Aid Night at Johnson & Wales University

Johnson & Wales University will be hosting an information and Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, February 10th at 6:30 PM at Traviss Career Center located at 3225 Winter Lake Road in Lakeland, FL. To reserve your seats, please see Mrs. Cook in College & Career for more information.

College Planning Night Information

Here is a list of information discussed at the college planning nights during the Fall semester. Email Mrs. Cook if you need additional information.

  1. Senior College Planning PowerPoint.
  2. Junior College Planning PowerPoint.
  3. Freshmen and Sophomore PowerPoint.
  4. For studying for the SAT / ACT and PSAT, use this website -
  5. To register for the SAT, use this website:
  6. To register for the ACT, use this website:
  7. Use this website for Bright Futures information:
  8. Here is a list of college application deadlines for the 2013 - 2014 school year.
  9. Here is a list of requirements for the Public State Universities.
  10. Here is a website to estimate you federal grant money for college.
  11. Here is a website for college planning.

Affordable Colleges Online

Resources for high school students including financial aid guidebooks, accredited college search tools, and free open online courses (MOOCs) from national universities such as MIT and UC Berkeley. Florida colleges guide can be accessed here at no-cost:

In order to be recruited to play a sport in college, you must complete the appropriate clearing house registration. This should be completed the Fall of your Junior Year. If you are on free or reduced lunch, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. See Mr. Blankenship for more information.

The State of Florida offers academic scholarships to graduating seniors in the form of Bright Futures Scholarships. Auburndale High School students can earn either Florida Academic Scholar, Florida Merit Scholar or Florida Gold Seal. Each program has slightly different requirements. Review this document for requirements for each program.

The Bright Futures Program is subject to change each year by the Florida Legislator. Check for up to the minute information.

Community service hours are required for many scholarship programs including Bright Futures. To stay on track, students should earn at least 25 community service hours each year. The general regulations for hours are:

  1. Student cannot receive compensation (money or grade) for work completed
  2. Student cannot receive hours for work completed during school hours (7am to 2pm)
  3. Student cannot receive more than 8 hours in any one day
  4. Student cannot earn hours for work completed as part of regular religious worship
  5. Students cannot earn hours for attending meetings. 

Download the Community Service packet for more information and the hours log. See Mrs. Cook for more information.


Community Service is not required for graduation, however it is a vital component of high school.  Did you know that participating in community service can help you to:


1)      Be a better student

2)      Build Skills outside of the classroom

3)      Increase employability so that you can get the career you want

4)      Improve problem solving

5)      Increase responsibility, self-esteem, and pride

6)      Statistically, it will increase your chances at obtaining college scholarships!


If you are looking to increase your community service hours or to begin earning them, please see Mrs. Cook in College & Career, to find out check out our local events!


ASVAB Information

Did you know that the ASVAB or the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is not just a Military prerequisite?

The ASVAB is a tool often utilized by students in their personal career planning. The results of the ASVAB (a multiple-aptitude test) are an interest self-assessment and a wide range of career exploration tools. Any sophomore, junior, or senior, who is interested in seeking information regarding their future careers is encouraged to take the ASVAB!

AHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, February 4th, at 7:30 AM. If you are interested in taking the ASVAB for career exploration or for Military qualification, please see Mrs. Cook to sign up.

Community Service Opportunity for Male Bloodhounds:

If you are interested in being a Big Brother for a male elementary school student and you would like to earn community service hours, please see Mrs. Cook in College & Career.  We have a fun opportunity lined up, entirely for Bloodhounds, and would love some enthusiastic volunteers!

Auburndale Central Elementary Needs Volunteers

Auburndale Central Elementary is in need of volunteers Monday through Friday, immediately after school, from approximately 2:00-3:00 on a weekly basis. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please see Mrs. Cook in College & Career!


The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test, or PERT test, is required for admissions to Polk State College and for students who complete Dual Enrollment classes. Testing is offered occasionally at Auburndale High School but can be taken any time at Polk State College. Call PSC for hours and requirements at (863) 297-1000 and ask for PERT testing. Be sure to prepare for the test by reviewing the study guide.

SAT and ACT tests are required for students going to college. Students should take both tests during the 2nd semester of their Junior Year. Students should then retake one or both tests at the beginning of the Fall Semester during their Senior Year.

Waivers for the fee are provided for students on free or reduced lunch, see Mr. Blankenship in the College and Career lab for more information.

Be sure to prepare before taking each test. The best preparation site available is This site will tell you what your weaknesses are and explain why some answers are correct and others are not. Tip Sheets are also located below and tutoring for each test is available during Hound Town. See Mr. Blankenship for more information.

2014 - 2015 SAT Deadlines

Test Date Regular Registration Late Registration (extra fee)
Nov 8 Oct 9 Oct 28
Dec 6 Nov 6 Nov 24
Jan 24 Dec 29 Jan 13
Mar 14 Feb 13 Mar 3
May 2 April 6 Apr 21
June 6 May 8 May 27

Find additional information on locations and fees at

2014 - 2015 ACT Deadlines

Test Date Regular Registration Late Registration (extra fee)
Oct 25 Sept 19 Oct 3
Dec 13 Nov 7 Nov 21
Feb 7 Jan 9 Jan 16
April 18 March 13 March 27
June 13 May 8 May 22

Find additional information on locations and fees at

College Admissions deadlines approach quickly during the senior year. Be sure to keep track by visiting the college and universities' websites.  See Mrs. Cook if you would like further guidance. 

University Early / Priority / Scholarship Regular
Bethune-Cookman University NONE Rolling
Florida Atlantic University 2/15/15 5/1/15
Florida A & M University NONE 5/1/15
Florida Gulf Coast University 2/15/15 5/1/15
Florida International University 11/1/14 5/1/15
Florida Southern College NONE 3/1/15
Florida State University 10/15/15 1/14/15
New College of Florida 11/1/14 4/15/15
Southeastern University NONE 5/1/15
University of Central Florida NONE 5/1/15
University of Florida 11/1/14 3/1/15
University of Miami 11/1/14 1/1/15
University of North Florida 10/31/14 Rolling
University of South Florida 1/2/15 4/15/15
University of West Florida 12/1/15 5/30/15

College and University Scholarships

Students should be looking for college scholarships beginning the Spring of their Junior Year. Seniors should spend at least 1 hour a day working on applications and scholarships beginning during the summer before their Senior Year.  This includes completing a Fast Web profile ( and checking with organizations you belong to for opportunities.  During the admissions process for each college or university, students should also apply for foundation or university alumni scholarships.  These typically require an additional application found on the college or university foundation website.