In October, the State of Florida's Bright Futures program announced new eligibility requirements for students seeking Academic and Medallion scholarship awards. These requirements take effect immediately and thus apply to current seniors as well as to all Upper School students in years ahead.
In order to be considered for a Florida Bright Futures scholarship, students must now report their ACT or SAT test scores to a Florida public college or university. The ACT and SAT both offer free score reporting during the test registration process, so students should choose to send at least one score report to a Florida public university in order to satisfy this new requirement. However, if a student is no longer eligible for the free score reporting, students must log in to the score report portals of ACT and SAT and have their scores sent retroactively. Sending scores this way will incur a fee.
"This is a hiccup for our seniors who have already completed their ACT and SAT testing and submitted their scores," said Director of College Counseling Justine Worthington. "Most of our seniors sent their scores to a Florida public university so don't need to worry about this new requirement. In order to ensure everyone who wants to apply is covered, the Office of College Counseling is available for the seniors who may need help to retroactively send a score report to a Florida school."
Other eligibility requirements for Florida Bright Futures remain the same, as do the increased benefits announced this summer. Specifically, for the highest award level, Florida Academic Scholars, Florida Bright Futures will now pay for 100% of tuition and fees at Florida public universities. This one-year expansion also includes a $300 stipend per semester to cover books and other expenses. Award amounts for Florida Medallion Scholars remain the same at $77 per per credit hour per semester.