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 2013-2016
High School Graduates

       

Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)
Requirements for 2013-2016
High School Graduates

          

Gold Seal Vocational (GSV)
Requirements for 2013-2016
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 2014: SAT-1290; ACT-29
Class of 2015: SAT-1290; ACT-29
Class of 2016: 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 2014: SAT-1170; ACT-26
Class of 2015: SAT-1170; ACT-26
Class of 2016: 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 19/ Math 19
PERT:  Reading - 106, Writing - 103,
         Math - 114


*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.

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

Iidentify 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.