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Students must apply for the Bright Futures Scholarships by submitting the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31, after high school graduationIf a student does not apply for the scholarship by the deadline, they forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship!

Guidance Office personnel submit the necessary transcript information to the Florida Department of Education for any student who may be eligible for the Bright Futures Scholarships. Students are periodically given information regarding this award and are encouraged to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in their academic subjects. Specific requirements for this program are listed below:

Florida Academic Scholars Non-Curriculum EvaluationNational Merit Finalist or Achievement Program FinalistN/AN/A100 Hours
Florida Academic Scholars Curriculum Evaluation3.5 weighted* GPA16 College prep. credits**1330 SAT or 29 ACT 100 Hours
Florida Medallion Scholars3.0 weighted* GPA16 College prep. credits**1210 SAT or 25 ACT
75 Hours

Please refer to the Bright Future’s website for award amounts.

* Evaluation for Bright Futures includes an unrounded, weighted high school GPA (calculated to two decimal places) in the 16 college-preparatory credits. The following courses are weighted .25 per semester course or .50 per year course in the calculation of the GPA: Advanced Placement (AP), Pre-International Baccalaureate (Pre-IB), International Baccalaureate (IB), Honors, Pre-Advanced International Certificate of Education (Pre-AICE), Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), or academic Dual Enrollment. For example, whereas an ‘A’ equals 4 quality points for an un-weighted course, an ‘A’ would equal 4.5 quality points for a weighted course.

** College prep credits:
4 – English (three must include substantial writing)
4 – Mathematics (Algebra I and above)
3 – Natural Science (two of which include substantial laboratory work)
3 – Social Science
2 – World Language (sequential, in same language)

GPA calculated on highest semester grades in required 16 courses.

  • May include up to two additional academic units to raise GPA
  • Students must complete service hours during high school and by high school graduation.
  • Early Evaluations (7th Semester) – Postings may begin in March All students whose transcripts are submitted electronically to FDOE for an official early evaluation (based on academic progress in the middle of the last year of high school and test scores for tests taken by January 31) will receive an eligibility or ineligibility determination, with the award status notification posted to their online account.  Students cannot lose an award based on early evaluation unless they fail to earn a standard Florida high school diploma from a Florida public or FDOE-registered private high school.
  • Final Evaluations (8th Semester) – Postings may begin in July
    All students whose final transcripts are submitted following the student’s last term in high school will receive an award status notification (eligibility or ineligibility determination) posted to their online account.

Toll-free hotline:  1-888-827-2004