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Bright Futures Scholarships

Florida Bright Futures established a lottery-funded scholarship program to reward any Florida high school graduate who:

  • Merits recognition of high academic achievement
  • Enrolls in a degree program, certificate program, or applied technology program at an eligible Florida public or private post-secondary education institution
  • Receives funding within 2 years of graduation from high school

The program offers three levels of scholarship awards – the Florida Academic Scholars award (FAS), the Florida Medallion Scholars award (FMS), and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award (GSV).

Bright Futures Brochure
Bright Futures online application
Recorded financial aid/Bright Futures webinar

General Requirements

  • Be a Florida resident
  • Earn a standard high school diploma
  • Accepted and enrolled in an eligible Florida public/private post-secondary school
  • Enrolled for at least six semester credit hours
  • Not have been found guilty of a felony
  • Apply for the scholarship in the last semester before graduation and complete an error-free Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is no longer required, but highly recommended.

For information regarding Bright Futures requirements, please contact the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program at 1-888-827-2004, or visit the website at http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf/ or www.FLVC.org. Initial eligibility requirements are listed below.

Florida Academic Scholars (FAS)
Requirements for 2017 High School Graduates

Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)
Requirements for 2017 High School Graduates

Gold Seal Vocational (GSV)
Requirements for 2017 High School Graduates

Public & Private Institutions: All students will receive the specified (cost per credit hour) award amounts established by the Florida Legislature in the General Appropriations Act.

For current year award amounts visit the FSFA website.

Requirements 16 credits of college prep courses including:
*4 English (3 w/substantial writing)
*4 Mathematics (Algebra I & above)
*3 Natural Science (2 w/lab)
*3 Social Science
*2 Foreign Language (in same lang)
*Up to two additional credits from courses in the academic areas listed above and/or AP may be used to raise the GPA
*3.5 weighted GPA in the above courses
*100 hours of community service
*A minimum score of:
Class of 2017: SAT-1290; ACT-29

(*SAT: Critical Reading and Math combined and ACT: Composite excluding writing)

Public & Private Institutions: All students will receive the specified (cost per credit hour) award amounts established by the Florida Legislature in the General Appropriations Act.

For current year award amounts visit the FSFA website.

Requirements 16 credits of college prep courses including:
*4 English (3 w/substantial writing)
*4 Mathematics (Algebra I & above)
*3 Natural Science (2 w/lab)
*3 Social Science
*2 Foreign Language (in same lang)
*Up to two additional credits from courses in the academic areas listed above and/or AP may be used to raise the GPA
*3.0 weighted GPA in the above courses
*75 hours of community service
*A minimum score of:
Class of 2017: SAT-1170; ACT-26

(*SAT: Critical Reading and Math combined and ACT: Composite excluding writing)

Public & Private Institutions: All students will receive the specified (cost per credit hour) award amounts established by the Florida Legislature in the General Appropriations Act.

For current year award amounts visit the FSFA website.

Requirements 16 credits in the following areas:
*4 English
*4 Mathematics (including Algebra 1)
*3 Natural Science
*3 Social Science
*1 Fine or Practical Art
*1 Physical Education w/Health
*3.0 weighted GPA in the above courses
*3 career/technical job-preparatory or technical education program credits in one career/technical program with an un-weighted 3.5 GPA in those courses
*30 hours community service
*A minimum score of:
SAT: Verbal 440/Math 440
ACT: Eng 17/Rdg 18/ Math 19
PERT:
Reading - 104
Writing - 99
Math - 113

*The requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program are subject to change with each legislative session*

Community Service Hours

Community Service is defined as identifying a social issue in the community. This requires students to look beyond themselves and reach out to an issue faced by our society (i.e. poverty, abuse, elderly citizen rights). These hours will meet the requirement for the Florida Academic Scholars, Florida Medallion Scholars or Gold Seal Vocational scholarships.

You must identify a social or civic issue or a professional area that interests you, develop a plan for your personal involvement in addressing the issue or learning about the area, and, through papers or other presentations, evaluate and reflect upon your experience. Except for credit earned through service-learning courses adopted pursuant to s. 1003.497, you may not receive remuneration or academic credit for the community service work performed. Such work may include, but is not limited to, a business or governmental internship, work for a nonprofit community service organization, or activities on behalf of a candidate for public office. The hours of community service must be documented in writing, and the document must be signed by you, your parent or guardian, and a representative of the organization for which you performed the community service work.

Volunteer Service is defined as assisting where needed and does not necessarily address a social issue. Although these hours are not recorded on the transcript, students can keep a log of these activities for use when applying for college, job applications, awards and scholarships but may not be used for Bright Futures. Only community service hours, as defined above, meet the requirement for Bright Futures.

To be eligible to receive one of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Awards a student must complete a program of community service work that includes a minimum of hours:

Florida Academic Scholarship – 100 hours
Florida Medallion Scholarship – 75 hours
Gold Seal Vocational – 30 hours

1. Carefully read through the FLVS Full Time Community Service Manual and identify an organization in your area that addresses a social issue for which you would like to perform your community service hours. You can use the link to VolunteerMatch.org to assist you in this search.

2. Once you have identified an organization and a social issue to address, download the FLVS Full Time Community Service Program Student Application, complete it, and webmail or fax it to your assigned counselor. Your counselor must approve the community service plan before you begin earning community service hours, or your hours will not count towards the scholarship.

Mrs. Head - students with last names A-Ch: (407) 377-8188
Mrs. Heinzmann - students with last names Ci-Ge: (407) 377-8332
Mrs. Martin - students with last names Gi-K: (407) 377-8341
Mrs. Lugo- students with last names L-Ng:  (407) 377-8269
Ms. Jackson-Miller - students with last names Ni-Sh: (407) 377-8343
Mrs. Walters - students with last names Si-Z: (407) 377-8342

3. Once your counselor has given approval, you may begin your community service! Download the FLVS Full Time Community Service Program Student Service Log to log your hours, and make sure to get it signed/initialed by your supervisor for each one. Once you have logged all your hours and had those hours signed, you can then submit it to your counselor.