Many students in the state of Florida are unable to pursue their education because of financial barriers. For the students like these, who are passionate about studying further, the bright future scholarship has it all covered!
The bright future scholarship is provided on the basis of academic achievements of the students. The award levels are divided into three parts which are
- The Florida Academic Scholars Award
- Florida Medallion Scholars Award
- Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award
Different scholarship amount is provided for different levels and each level has its own requirements.
Rep. Daniel Webster successfully included home education students in Florida undergraduate scholar’s funds scholarship in 1989 while home education was still relatively unknown and was under attack by teacher’s union, Democrats controlled house, senator’s and governor’s office. In order to win support for this amendment, Rep. Daniel Webster had to agree 50- point higher score for home education students as compared to the regular students. This was a trade-off for not having GPA requirements like the regular students. The Florida undergraduate scholar’s fund was later named as Florida bright future academic scholarship in 1997.
Brief Description of The Bright Future Academic Scholarship:
Here is a brief description about the bright future academic scholarship that will help you understand more.
- University or Organization: Florida Department of Education
- Department: Office of Student Financial Assistance
- Course Level: High Schools and Postsecondary Institutions programs
- Awards: Multiple
- Access Mode: Online
- Number of Awards: Varies
- Nationality: US Citizens
- The award can be taken at Florida at United States
The applicants need to meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for the bright futures scholarship.
- Applicants should have a high school graduation degree, diploma or equivalent.
- As determined by student’s postsecondary institution, applicants should be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Applicants should be enrolled as a degree- or certificate-seeking student at a Florida institution in 6 non-remedial credit hours at least
- Non-Traditional Students are also eligible to apply which includes those who are home-educated, GED, mid-year, out-of-state.
- Applicant’s at least one parent should be Floridian and is
- serving active duty in the military
- on public service assignment away from Florida during the student’s last year of high school
- For Florida Academic Scholarship (FAS)
Complete service 75 hours and 16 college preparatory courses are required for admission in a state university.
- For Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship (GSV)
In a single career and technical education program, 3 full credits are required along with 30 service hours. Achieve the required combined ACT® or composite SAT® score: 2019/20 – 26/1170 and 2020/21 – 25/1210.
- For Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholarship (GSC)
Earning of 5 post-secondary credits is required for the applicants through CAPE industry certifications that articulate for college credit. They are required to complete at least 30 service hours.
- CGPA requirements
- for Florida Academic Scholars (FAS), 5 Minimum Cumulative GPA (unrounded and un-weighted) is required
- for Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS), 0 Minimum Cumulative GPA (unrounded and un-weighted) is required
- Minimum 3.0 weighted GPA in the non-elective high school courses and 3.5 un-weighted GPA in the career education courses is required for Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship (GSV)
- for Gold Seal CAPE (GSC) scholarships, Students must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA (unrounded and un-weighted)
The Florida Academic Scholars Award:
For the academic year 2020-21 , The Florida Academic Scholars will receive an scholarship amount equal to 100% of tuition and applicable fees. This includes the following:
- summer funding. Applicable fees include:
- activity and service fee,
- health fee,
- athletic fee,
- financial aid fee,
- capital improvement fee,
- campus access/transportation fee,
- technology fee and tuition differential fee.
- Florida Academic Scholars will also receive an additional amount of $300 per semester (fall and spring only) for college-related expenses.
Florida Medallion Scholars Award:
- Florida Medallion Scholars winners will receive 75% of tuition, Other Applicable fees include:
- activity and service fee, health fee, financial aid fee athletic fee, capital improvement fee, technology fee and campus access/transportation fee,
- Florida Medallion Scholar recipients will be eligible to receive summer awards starting Summer 2020. Florida Medallion Scholar awards will not receive the $300 educational expense stipend.
- The Academic Top Scholars Award is $44 per credit hour.
How to Apply for The Bright Future Scholarship:
- Students required to complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) to OSFA through creating a student account to apply for the bright future scholarship
- Applicants are required to submit Applicants must submit an official high school transcript, ACT®/SAT® test scores, documentation for OOS assignment, Proof of Dependency, and Documentation of Service Hours as supporting documents. Email of the official transcript can be sent to Transcripts@fldoe.org if the student’s high school can send secure electronic transcripts or if the high school contracts with a third-party transcript service.
- after high school graduation or during the last year in high school, students who want to apply for the bright future scholarship are required to complete the FFAA no later than August 31
- Applicant who is GED or Out-of-State may send documents via mail or electronically upload them to the Florida Department of Education,
Last date to apply for the bright future scholarship by submitting the FFAA is 31st august 2020.
Office of Student Financial Assistance
Florida Bright Futures program
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1314
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400. Click here to upload documents securely to OSFA.