Danniel J. Petro Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

West Orange Foundation

The West Orange Foundation is excited to offer the annual Danniel J. Petro Scholarship to eligible students from local high schools in Orange County. The scholarship fund, administered by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, was established to make it possible for students to further their education at Valencia College, Orange Technical College, or the University of Central Florida.

The West Orange Foundation funds this scholarship program through the generosity of the Petro Family Foundation and Duke Energy. To qualify, recipients must live in and attend a high school in one of their service area communities, which include Dr. Phillips, Gotha, Horizon West, Lake Avalon, MetroWest, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlo Vista, Pine Hills, Windermere, and Winter Garden. These communities may include zip codes 32836, 34734, 32835, 34740, 34760, 34761, 32811, 32808, 32818, 34786, 34787, 34777, and 34778. However, this list may not include all the codes for each area.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have a current minimum GPA of 2.75, either weighted or unweighted. The Petro Family Foundation will award multiple scholarships to students, and leftover funds will carry over to the following year. The application will list any additional requirements. The Scholarship Review Committee will determine scholarship winners based on the qualified applications received and any available funding.

If awarded a scholarship, students should note that the funds will be directly deposited into the awardee’s school’s account once the awardee has officially registered for classes. If there are questions regarding the accessibility of funds, contact the school’s Financial Assistance Office.

 Interested students must complete an application and provide all supporting documents for consideration of the scholarship. Submissions will be accepted by email or US Mail. The submission deadline is April 7, 2023, and applications received after this date will not be considered for the 2023 scholarship season.

To download a copy of the application and for more information, visit the West Orange Chamber of Commerce website or contact Artena Greene at agreene@wochamber.com. Do not miss this opportunity to further your education and achieve your dreams with the help of the Danniel J. Petro Scholarship.

About the West Orange Foundation

The West Orange Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that serves as the community-based, philanthropic arm of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC). The Foundation’s vision is to create a broader community reach, streamline the Chamber’s philanthropy and community outreach programs, engage more industries & businesses, create and embolden alliances and foster positive change, health and growth. It will support many WOCC philanthropic initiatives, including its adult and youth leadership programs, scholarships for local students, community-need projects, educational Chamber events and the Committee of 101 (C101) grant program.

About West Orange Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1972, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) serves as the leading business advocate in Central Florida by advancing community, collaboration, and leadership for its 1,000 member businesses. Learn more on how the Wet Orange Chamber of Commerce can help grow your business, by visiting wochamber.com/grow-with-us/.


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