The Bright Futures Scholarship program offers three different types of scholarships--the Florida Academic Scholars award (FAS), the Florida Medallion Scholars award (FMS), and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award (GSV).
Students must complete a Community Service Proposal Form & Hours Log and submit the forms to their school counselor for documentation. Students should keep copies of all documentation submitted to the school.
Summer service hours can be submitted starting in September. Students will complete the Proposal and Log, staple the forms together and turn them into the respective counselor's office in guidance. Forms are simply placed in the office door file bin.
Florida high school students who wish to qualify for the Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) award or the Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) award must meet the following initial eligibility requirements. Click here to see the requirements in detail.
• Graduate high school from a Florida public high school with a Florida Standard Diploma (high school graduation requirements), graduate from a registered Florida Department of Education private high school, earn a GED, complete a Home Education program, or graduate from a non-Florida high school (OOS);
• Complete the required high school coursework;
• Achieve the required minimum high school grade point average (GPA);
• Achieve the required minimum score on either the ACT® or SAT® college entrance exam; and
• Complete the required number of service hours.
Community Service Hours & Guidelines
To access an award through the Bright Futures Program, a student must complete a program of community service work, which will require the student to identify a social problem that interests him or her.
Community Service is defined as identifying and addressing a social issue in the community. This requires students to look beyond themselves and reach out to an issue faced by our society today (i.e. poverty, abuse, elderly citizen, homelessness). These hours will meet the requirement for the Florida Bright Futures Award Program.
Volunteer Service is defined as assisting where needed and does not necessarily address a social issue. Although these hours are not recorded on the transcript, students can keep a log of these activities for use when applying for college, job applications, awards and scholarships other than Bright Futures.
Florida Academic Scholars - 100 hours of community service
Florida Medallion Scholars - 75 hours of community service
Florida Gold Seal Vocational - 30 hours of community service.
***The forms are submitted to the guidance office to be added to the student's transcript.
Click HERE to view many organizations where students can volunteer. Students should contact the organization first to see if they are in need of volunteers. Service is about the experience. Students can be leaders and create projects that can make an impact in the community. Make sure whatever students decide to do is something they are passionate about. That way it is less of a chore. Click HERE to search for opportunities through the district website.
Students must complete a Community Service Form & Hours Log and submit it to school for documentation. Students should keep copies of all documentation that is submitted to the schools.
*Projects done during the summer before beginning 9th grade will be considered if a proposal is submitted and approved by the high school the student plans to attend.
*Students must perform the service during non-school hours.
*Fundraising may count as community service if all funds raised are donated to address a social issue in the community.
*All community service documentation MUST be submitted by the school’s graduation date.
*Any community service hours submitted after the graduation date even if earned prior to graduation will not be accepted - no exceptions.
*A parent/guardian cannot represent as a service agency.
Hours that are NOT acceptable:
*Family related activities.
*Hours that are compensated either financially or with some other material benefit.
*Court mandated community service.
*Fostering of animals.
*Service for the sole benefit of a religious house of worship and/or its congregation.
*Co-curricular activities that are course requirements.
*An activity where there is no leader or responsible adult on site to evaluate and confirm student performance.
*Donations (ex. blood, Locks of Love)
*Hours submitted after graduation