Bright Futures


HELPING YOUR SENIOR STUDENT NAVIGATE THE BRIGHT FUTURES PROCESS


So you have survived the glasses and braces - summer camps away from home - and
let’s not even go to the teenage driving stage - Here are some tips to help you through the
Bright Futures/Scholarship process.

_____ Make copies of your report cards in case you need them to apply for scholarships.
_____ Complete the Florida Financial Aid Application - click here >Description: Image by graduation.

_____ TURN IN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS TO GUIDANCE COUNSELOR - All initial applicants must meet the community service requirement, as approved by the school district. No waivers of this requirement can be granted regardless of the method used to qualify (National Merit and Achievement Scholars and Finalists, National Hispanic Scholars, International Baccalaureate Diploma recipients, and AICE Diploma recipients).

  • Florida Academic Scholars initial eligibility requirements include the completion of 100 hours of community service
  • Florida Medallion Scholars initial eligibility requirements include the completion of 75 hours of community service
  • Gold Seal Vocational initial eligibility requirements include the completion of 30 hours of community service

______ Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid Description: Image.  The student’s FAFSA does not have to indicate need; however, must be complete and processed error free prior to a student’s first disbursement of an award.  (The Florida State Programs May 15 deadline does not apply to Bright Futures.)

_____ NEW - Be accepted by, enroll in, and be funded at an eligible Florida public or independent postsecondary education institution within the specified timeframe (2 years or 3 years) from the student’s year of high school graduation.  If a student enlists directly into the military after graduation, the 2-year or 3-year period begins on the date the student is separated from active duty.

Click here for RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BRIGHT FUTURES COMMUNIUTY SERVICE HOURS