The Florida State legislature in the year 1997 gave the go ahead for an umbrella program for financially helping students residing in the state. This umbrella program is known as the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program and is administered by the Florida Department of Education.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program consists of the following awards – Florida Academic scholars, Florida Medallion Scholars program and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars program. The scholarship programs are funded by the Florida Lottery.
These scholarships are provided to support students during their post secondary education term in any public college or university in the State of Florida.
Winners are declared based on their academic performances and achievements during their high school term. In order to apply for these scholarships, a student must carefully evaluate all the three scholarship programs and apply for the one which best suits his/her interest more. The scholarship is not applicable for studies outside the state of Florida. Important criteria for winning the bright futures scholarships include – a good SAT/ACT score and a high GPA. Scholarship will be provided only for undergraduate coursework, excluding summer semesters.
The Florida Academic Scholars Award provides $125 per credit hour for Fall and Spring semesters. The GPA requirement is 3.5, SAT score should be 1270 and higher and ACT score minimum limit should be 28. Also the Florida Academic Scholars College related expense allowance has been discontinued recently. Core class requirements for the FAS award are – four credits in English, three in mathematics, natural science and social science each and two in one foreign language.
Gold Seal Vocational Award provides $94 per credit hour and requires a GPA of 3.0. It covers approximately 75% of the tuition cost. Core class requirements for Gold Seal Vocational award include – four credits of English, three credits each of mathematics including Algebra I, natural science and social science, one credit of performing or practical art, half a credit each in life saving skills, personal fitness and physical education. Florida Medallion Scholarship also provides $94 per credit hour and requires a GPA of 3.0.
Bright scholarship winners are required to repay cost of any courses dropped or withdrawn by them. Also there are options for the students to restore their award in a subsequent year if they fail to meet the new credit hour renewal requirements. In order to get more information and to apply for Florida Bright Futures scholarships, visit www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org