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Florida Bright Futures
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship (BFS) program establishes three lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement. The BFS program is comprised of the following programs:
- Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) (including Academic Top Scholars (ATS)
- Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)
Initial Eligibility Requirements to Receive Funding
- Florida residency and be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Apply for a scholarship from the program by high school graduation
- Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalent
- Be accepted by and enroll in an eligible Florida public or independent postsecondary education institution within 3 years of high school graduation. If a student enlists directly into the military after graduation, the three-year period begins on the date the student is separated from active duty
- Not have been found guilty of, or plead nolo contendere to, a felony charge, unless the student has been granted clemency by the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Executive Office of Clemency
- Be enrolled for at least 6 semester credit hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours).
- Meet specific coursework, minimum grade point average (GPA), and test score requirements
The Florida Academic Scholars Award (FAS)
- GPA: 3.5 weighted
- Test Scores: Best composite score of 1290 SAT I/SAT Reasoning Test (based on the combined Critical Reading and Math sections only) or 29 ACT (excluding the writing section)
- Community Service: 100 Hours during grades 9-12
National Merit or National Achievement Scholarship Finalists will receive the Academic Scholars Award regardless of GPA/SAT.
Both awards are renewable for four years with GPA requirements.
The Florida Medallion Scholars Award (FMS)
- GPA: 3.0 weighted
- Test Scores: Best composite score of 1170 SAT Reasoning Test (based on the combined Critical Reading and Math sections only) or 26 ACT (excluding the writing section)
DEADLINE: The Florida Financial Aid Application must be filed by the end of the 7th semester and no later than the end of the 8th semester during high school for the student to be considered for an award under the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 1-888-827-2004