Florida Bright Futures
Community service is the first step for participating in the Bright Futures program. Students must find a site that meets the Bright Futures Program’s qualifications (addresses a social issue, for example). The district website has volunteering opportunities listed: Volunteer opportunities (scroll to bottom). The next step is filling out the community service proposal form and bringing it to your counselor for approval before beginning your hours. Students may begin community service hours the summer prior to the student entering ninth grade and must be completed prior to graduation.
- Florida Academic Scholarship – 100 hours
- Florida Medallion Scholarship – 75 hours
- Gold Seal Vocational – 30 hours
Below you will find the community service paperwork; you MUST completely fill out the PROPOSAL document and bring it to your counselor for approval before you begin your community service hours. You must LOG your hours on the hours log and bring it to your counselor upon completion of volunteering with your volunteer site.
- Bright Futures Information
- Bright Futures Community Service Log & Reflection Sheet
- Bright Futures Community Service Proposal Form
To Apply for Florida Bright Futures
Students must go to www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org after October 1st of their senior year in high school to apply for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. This is done by completing the "Initial State Student Application" and submitting it on-line after printing out a copy for their own records. The application process closes on the date of high school graduation.
Quick Note: At the completion of the initial application, students should write down and keep their Bright Futures user ID and pin to track their award status.
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
Florida Bright Futures (FBF) is the umbrella program administered by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) which includes Florida Academic Scholars, the Florida Medallion Scholars, and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars.
The links above will take you to the Florida Department of Education Bright Futures Scholarship Program. Here you will find the latest information about the FBF scholarships offered as their pages are updated regularly by the Florida Department of Education.
How FBF Calculates and Weighs your GPA
Please be advised that the grade point average as shown on the high school student's report card, graduation check list and transcript may be different than the student's Florida Bright Futures GPA. Florida Bright Futures software uses a different method for calculating the weighting of the courses required to meet each of the Bright Futures scholarship criteria.