Bright Futures Requirements

The majority of students in Florida are well aware of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, but many are unsure about the specific Bright Futures Requirements.

Once upon a time, it was simple to remember the award amounts and required test scores, but due to the economic situation, the Bright Futures guidelines have been changing on a yearly basis.

I have friends who are currently in college receiving Bright Futures money and they have absolutely no idea how it even works.

Bright Futures Requirements

The Bright Futures requirements are simple to figure out once you determine which of the three award sections you fit into:

  • Florida Academic Scholars Award (FAS)
  • Florida Medallion Scholars Award (FMS)
  • Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (GSV)

Although all three are awards given to students who plan to attend a four year university or a two year college, the first two are for students graduating from a traditional public or private high school, and the last is for those graduating from a vocational high school.

Now, allow me to explain everything in the best way possible: with the most amount of details and the least amount of words. (NOTE: all these bright futures guidelines must be met before high school graduation)

  • 1. Florida Academic Scholars Award (FAS)

Below are the Bright Futures requirements for this award…

GPA: 3.5 weighted

Required Credits: 4 English, 4 Math (Algebra I level and up,) 3 Natural Science (2 with lab,) 3 Social Science and 2 Foreign Language (as part of a sequence in the same language.)

Community Service Hours: 100 (Must be approved by school)

Test Scores: SAT- Combined score of 1270 (critical reading and math sections only) ACT- Composite score of 28 (not including writing section)

  • 2. Florida Medallion Scholars Award (FMS)

Below are the Bright Futures requirements for this award…

GPA: 3.0 weighted

Required Credits: 4 English, 4 Math (Algebra I level and up,) 3 Natural Science (2 with lab,) 3 Social Science and 2 Foreign Language (as part of a sequence in the same language.)

Community Service Hours: 75 (Must be approved by school)

Test Scores: SAT- Combined score of 980 (critical reading and math sections only) ACT- Composite score of 21 (not including writing section)

  • 3. Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (GSV)

Below are the Bright Futures requirements for this award…

GPA: 3.0 weighted

Required Credits: 4 English, 4 Math (Including Algebra I,) 3 Natural Science (2 with lab,) 3 Social Science (specifically U.S. History, World History and U.S. Government and Economics,) 1 Fine Art or Practical Art and 1 Physical Education (Including Health.) In addition to this, students must also earn at least three Career and Technical Education credits in a single vocational program over the course of two years.

Community Service Hours: 30 (Must be approved by school)

Test Scores: SAT- Critical Reading: 440, Math: 440. ACT- English: 17, Reading: 18, Math: 19.

CPT- Reading: 83, Sentence Skills: 83, Algebra: 72.

For more information, you can visit the Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance site (http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/) or call toll-free at 1-888-827-2004.

The Bright Futures Program may seem very overwhelming at first, but when you break it down into an organized list, it’s simple to determine which category you fit into.

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Mercedes Espinoza

Mercedes Espinoza

Mercedes Espinoza is a senior at Florida Atlantic University pursuing a degree in Multimedia Journalism. Although reading is her first love, writing is a close second and she can usually be found with her nose in a book or hunched over a laptop typing away. Outside of school and work, she’s interested in all things fitness as well as continuing to grow an already massive nail polish collection.

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