Bright Futures

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The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes Florida lottery-funded scholarships that reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement. The program has offered scholarships to more than 725,000 Florida students who attended a Florida postsecondary institution.

Bright Futures awards include:
» Florida Academic Scholars award (FAS)
» Florida Medallion Scholars award (FMS)
» Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholars award (GSC)
» Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award (GSV) 


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*note: The SAT test score requirement for FAS eligibility will increase to 1340  for the class of 2024

The College + Career Center presented a Bright Futures/FAFSA Parent Information Night on October 12, 2022. Please use the links below to download the presentation information and watch the playback for the full presentation.

*note: audio difficulties are resolved after the first several minutes of the presentation.

» October 12th BF/FAFSA Parent Night Presentation Slides

» Click to watch the Bright Futures/FAFSA Parent Night playback  Password: dGpwF9tU


 ALL SENIORS MUST COMPLETE the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) during their senior year in order to be eligible for all state grants and scholarships including the Bright Futures Scholarship.
» Application Opens October 1



» Financial Aid Glossary 

» Students only apply one time and cannot apply until the application opening date during their SENIOR year.
» Email your application confirmation or send a screenshot of the confirmation to Mrs. Brooke Maroth in the College + Career Center. 
» Students should frequently monitor their “Bright Futures GPA” and eligibility status.
» A student's "Bright Futures GPA" is different than a students high school GPA. Bright Future GPA calculations only includes the 16 core education credit hours.
»  It is important to know if you meet the requirements or if you need to do extra work this year!
Don’t wait to apply until ACT and SAT test scores meet requirements! Bright Futures test scores are automatically updated as long as the student opts to report their scores to at least one Florida college when they take the ACT or SAT.
» You can use your award for up to five years after you graduate high school or leave the military, but, you must apply before graduation! 

Applying is a very simple and worthwhile process. The WOHS Student Services team is available to support families navigate the application. Email your Guidance Counselor or Mrs. Brooke Maroth, the College + Career Specialist, for assistance. 

* Students and parents are strongly encouraged to thoroughly read the Florida Department of Education Bright Futures Handbook for expanded details on deadlines, requirements, and caveats.


» Download "HOW TO APPLY" Instructions

» STEP 1

Go to Florida Student Financial Aid to find out how to qualify for a Bright Futures Scholarship.

» STEP 2

Go to to apply and submit a completed, error-free Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) during your last year of high school. The deadline to apply is August 31 AFTER high school graduation. 

» STEP 3

Make the grade, earn the score…and graduate!  The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program rewards any Florida high school graduate who merits recognition of high academic achievement but, the graduate must enroll in a degree program, certificate program or applied technology program  at an eligible Florida public or private postsecondary education institution.

» STEP 4

Know your responsibilities…apply, meet the requirements before graduation and throughout your college career. (Requirements are subject to change with each Florida Legislative session.) 

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