Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program – Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (GSV)

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Amount
Awarded

$949

Awarded

Application Deadline

August 31

Monday
Awarded By:

Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually based on the number of qualified students. In the 2014-2015 academic year, there were 882 initial awards disbursed.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  3. Must be a graduating high school senior at time of application.
  4. Must be accepted by, enroll in a degree or certificate program, and be funded at an eligible Florida public or independent postsecondary institution within two years from the his/her year of high school graduation (exceptions available for active military students and students who engage in a religious or volunteer commitment of at least 18 months).
  5. Must have a weighted grade point average of 3.0 or higher in non-elective high school courses and an unweighted grade point average of 3.5 or higher in career education courses.
  6. Must meet ONE of the following standardized test score criteria: SAT - 440 or higher on critical reading and 440 or higher on math; ACT - 17 or higher on English, 19 or higher on reading, and 19 or higher on math; PERT - 106 or higher on reading, 103 or higher on writing, and 114 or higher on math. Exam types cannot be combined; a student must qualify based on each sub-test score for a single exam type. Sub-test scores from different test dates may be used to meet the test requirement. Scores taken through June 30 of the student's senior year (for a regular graduate, or Jan. 31 for a mid-year graduate) will be accepted for Bright Futures evaluation.
  7. Must be a resident of Florida.
  8. Must graduate from a Florida high school with a standard diploma.
  9. Must complete 30 or more service hours during high school and by high school graduation.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is available to Florida high school seniors who plan to attend a participating college or university in Florida. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and must earn minimum scores on the ACT, SAT, or PERT. Students must also complete 30 or more hours of community service.

Application requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program – Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (GSV) are:

  • Application form
Additional Information: The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes three lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement. The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program is comprised of the following three tiers of awards: Florida Academic Scholars (FAS); Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS); and Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV). A student may receive funding for only one award (FAS, FMS, GSV). The highest award earned by the student will be selected. To qualify for the GSV, students must take three or more full credits in a single career and technical education program. Eligible students also cannot have been found guilty of, or pled nolo contendere to, a felony charge, unless the student has been granted clemency by the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Executive Office of Clemency. Please note: There are additional eligibility requirements for home-schooled, GED, and military (i.e., out-of-state) students. Such students should consult the information in the "Chapter 1: Initial Eligibility Requirements" link on the OSFA website to ensure they have met all requirements.

Award Amount: Scholarship award amounts are set in the General Appropriations Act each year. Recipients will receive a fixed cost per credit hour based on award level, institution type, and credit type. Students who are designated as the Academic Top Scholar in their district will receive a bonus per credit hours award. Detailed information on award amounts is available on the OSFA website by clicking on the "Chapter 2: Information to Know Now That You Are Eligible" link. Funding is available for 100 percent of the student's program of study, to include up to 72 credit hours in A.S., A.A.S., C.C.C., or P.S.A.V. programs or 60 credit hours in A.T.D. programs. Funding is available for up to five years after the student's high school graduation.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $949.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, August 31, 2020

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, August 31, 2020

Applications are available from the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website. Students must apply online by completing the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA). Students are encouraged to review the documents provided under the "Student Handbook" heading before beginning the application. Please note: It is important that students provide authorization in the application for release of their high school grades and test scores. Students will be asked to provide an estimated grade point average on the application that will be verified and potentially recalculated. Standardized tests must be taken by Jan. 31 for early (seventh semester) evaluations and by June 30 for final (eighth semester) evaluations. The student should note that all other eligibility requirements must be completed by high school graduation. The FFAA may be submitted beginning Dec. 1 of the student's senior year of high school, and must be submitted no later than Aug. 31 following high school graduation.
Contact: Theresa Antworth
Address: 325 W. Gaines St. Suite 1314 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

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