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Bright Futures Scholarships

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program is a scholarship program, funded by the Florida Lottery, to reward any Florida high school graduates 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) (PDF), the Florida Medallion Scholars award (FMS) (PDF), and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award (GSV) (PDF).

Bright Futures Online Application
Financial Aid/Bright Futures Recorded 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, visit the Bright Futures website, or FloridaShines. Initial eligibility requirements are listed below.

Bright Futures Requirements

Type 16 High School Course Credits * High School Weighted Bright Futures GPA College Entrance Exams by High School Graduation Year (ACT®/SAT®) Service Hours
FAS
  • 4 - English
    (three must include substantial writing)
  • 4 - Mathematics
    (at or above the Algebra I level)
  • 3 - Natural Science
    (two must have substantial laboratory)
  • 3 - Social Science
  • 2 - World Language
    (sequential, in same language)
3.50 2020-21 Graduates and beyond: 29/1330 100 hours
FMS 3.0 2020-21 Graduates and beyond: 25/1210 75 hours

* The required coursework aligns with the State University System admission requirements found in Florida Board of Governors regulation 6.002.

Community Service Hours

To be eligible to receive one of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Awards a student must complete a program of Community Service  work, as defined below,  that includes a minimum of hours:

Florida Academic Scholarship – 100 hours 
Florida Medallion Scholarship – 75 hours 
Gold Seal Vocational – 30 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. See the FLVS Full Time Community Service Manual for additional information.

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.

Completing and Documenting Community Service Steps:

  1. Carefully read through the FLVS Full Time Community Service Manual and 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.
    Students are encouraged to choose from this extensive pre-approved list of activities.  Should a student choose an activity that does not fall on the list, an additional application must be submitted for approval to their counselor, see Step 3. You can use the link to VolunteerMatch.org to assist you in this search. Before making a final decision be sure the organization meets the requirements found in the FLVS Community Service Manual. 
  2. Complete the FLVS Full Time Community Service Pledge.

  3. Students choosing an activity from the pre-approved list may skip this step.
    Once you have identified an organization and a social issue to address, submit the Service Proposal to your assigned counselor before any hours are completed.  Your counselor must approve the community service plan before you begin earning community service hours, or your hours will not count towards the scholarship.

  4. Counselors: Grades 9 -10
    Students last names A-F: Mrs. Arnaud harnaud@flvs.net
    Students last names G-N: Mrs. Head chead@flvs.net
    Students last names O-Z: Mrs. Walters kwalters@flvs.net
     
    Counselors: Grades 11-12 
    Students last names A-Ci: Mrs. Chiu lramkissoonchiu@flvs.net
    Students last names Co-Go: Mrs. Heinzmann rheinzmann@flvs.net
    Students last names Gr-Kh and AICE: Mr. Esposita mesposita@flvs.net
    Students last names Ki-Ni: Mrs. Scott  mscott@flvs.net
    Students last names No-Sc: Ms. Jackson-Miller ajacksonmiller@flvs.net
    Students last names Se-Z: Mrs. Fitzpatrick pfitzpatrick@flvs.net

  5. Once your counselor has given approval, you may begin your community service! Download the FLVS Full Time Community Service Program Student Service Log and Reflection 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.

  6. Submit all forms to your school counselor.