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Apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship in 2016-2017

Monday, November 07, 2016

The Bright Futures Scholarship program rewards Florida high school graduates for their academic achievements – and isn’t need-based. Money is available for use at almost all undergraduate schools in the state of Florida.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
Type 16 Course Credits Weighted GPA ACT/SAT scores Service Hours
Florida Academic Scholar

4 - English

4 - Math

3 - Natural Science

3 - Social Science

2 - World Language

3.5 29/1290 100 hours
Florida Medallion Scholar Same  3.0 26/1170 75 hours

Other ways to qualify for the Bright Futures Scholarship include earning an International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma, being a National Merit/National Achievement Finalist or Scholar, or National Hispanic Scholar. Complete details are available on the Florida Student Financial Aid website.

The application for the Bright Futures Scholarship is available online now at, and complete information on the Scholarship can be found here:

All Florida seniors who meet the requirements – or who want to be considered for any State of Florida grants – should register and complete that application.Even if you’re not planning to attend college in Florida, apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship anyway, because if your plans change and you return home to Florida for college, you’ll be able to get the award.

Be sure to apply NO LATER than January 22nd, before the colleges begin the financial aid awarding process.

After you submit the application, you should receive email confirmation that also provides instructions for obtaining a USER ID and PIN to access the submitted application, update information on the application, check the status of the application, and view notifications online.