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Pensacola, FL Area Scholarships

Pensacola (/ˌpɛnsəˈkoʊlə/) is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle, approximately 13 miles (21 km) from the border with Alabama, and the county seat of Escambia County, in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 51,923, down from 56,255 at the 2000 census. Pensacola is the principal city of the Pensacola metropolitan area, which had an estimated 461,227 residents in 2012.

Pensacola is a sea port on Pensacola Bay, which is protected by the barrier island of Santa Rosa and connects to the Gulf of Mexico. A large United States Naval Air Station, the first in the United States, is located southwest of Pensacola near Warrington; it is the base of the Blue Angels flight demonstration team and the National Naval Aviation Museum. The main campus of the University of West Florida is situated north of the city center.

The area was originally inhabited by Muskogean language peoples. The Pensacola people lived there at the time of European contact, and Creek people frequently visited and traded from present-day southern Alabama. Spanish explorer Tristán de Luna founded a short-lived settlement in 1559. In 1698 the Spanish established a presidio in the area, from which the modern city gradually developed. The area changed hands several times as European powers competed in North America. During Florida's British rule (1763–1781), fortifications were strengthened.

It is nicknamed "The City of Five Flags", due to the five governments that have ruled it during its history: the flags of Spain (Castile), France, Great Britain, the United States of America, and the Confederate States of America. Other nicknames include "World's Whitest Beaches" (due to the white sand of Florida panhandle beaches), "Cradle of Naval Aviation", "Western Gate to the Sunshine State", "America's First Settlement", "Emerald Coast", "Red Snapper Capital of the World", and "P-Cola".

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Schools in and around Pensacola, FL

The University of West Florida
Four or more years; Public; $16,004 average out-state tuition; $3,735 average in-state tuition
Pensacola State College
Four or more years; Public; $8,208 average out-state tuition; $2,051 average in-state tuition
Virginia College-Pensacola
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit; $13,140 average out-state tuition; $13,140 average in-state tuition
Fortis Institute-Pensacola
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit; $14,209 average out-state tuition; $14,209 average in-state tuition
Florida Institute of Ultrasound Inc
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit
George Stone Technical Center
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public
Pensacola School of Massage Therapy & Health Careers
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private for profit