Florida providing scholarship funding for Ocoee Massacre victims, Black city residents

OCOEE, Fla. — It’s official: The state of Florida will provide scholarship funding for descendants of the Ocoee Massacre victims and Black residents who live in the city.  

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the budget this week and left the funding in, which means the scholarship applications will be available this year.  

READ: Florida to offer scholarships to Ocoee Massacre descendants

The scholarship will award up to $6,100 each year to up to 50 qualified applicants who are descendants of Ocoee Massacre victims and Black residents of the city looking to attend college.

The amounts of each scholarship will be given out based on need totaling up to $305,000.  

READ: Task force submits plans to include Ocoee Massacre in school curriculums

The program mirrors what was done in 1994 for descendants of the Rosewood, Florida Massacre victims.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.