Bright Futures Scholarships
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program funded by the state of Florida, provides scholarships based on high school academic achievement. The program has different award levels, each with its own eligibility criteria and award amounts. Students that meet initial eligibility requirements (must be a Florida resident & US citizen, must have completed Florida Financial Aid Application, must earn a standard high school diploma, etc.) must also meet four requirements to be considered for the scholarship: specific high school course credits, GPA, SAT/ACT scores (see below), and community service hours. Specific requirements will vary depending on which level of the scholarship the student is applying for. The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship can theoretically fund 75)%-100% of a students 4-year college tuition at a public 4-year Florida university. For complete and detailed information regarding the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program please view the Bright Futures Student Handbook at this link- https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/PDF/BFHandbookChapter1.pdf
The Bright Futures Scholarship application period opens on October 1 each year. To begin a new Bright Futures Scholarship application, please visit https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/SAPHome/SAPHome
SAT AND ACT
Most college applications require prospective students to submit ACT or SAT scores, as colleges base admissions decisions in part on the results of these standardized tests. This makes taking one of these two exams an absolute must for college bound graduates. Juniors and seniors in high school take these tests to demonstrate their readiness for college level work. In general, the ACT and the SAT tests attempt to measure college readiness and predict future academic success. But they do so in very different ways. The ACT test measures what a student already knows. It covers material that the student should have learned during high school. The SAT test is used more as a predictor of what a student is capable of learning. It deals with material that the student may NOT have learned in high school. For this reason, some students do better on the ACT test—especially if they tend to struggle with standardized tests—and other students do better on the SAT test. Most colleges accept either test score, so many students take both exams to improve their chances of being admitted. It is recommended that students test for the first time in the fall of their junior year, thereby giving them ample time to retest should they wish to attempt a better score.
For more information on the SAT including study resources, test dates, and help registering for the SAT, please visit https://www.collegeboard.org/
For more information on the ACT including study resources, test dates, and help registering for the ACT, please visit http://www.act.org/
The Best Scholarship Search Platforms
College is the most expensive its ever been. With tuition rates rising an average of 3.5% every year, the average undergraduate now finishes their degree with over $37,000 in student debt. Scholarships are one of the best ways to reduce these growing costs and scholarship search platforms exist to help students find the most relevant ones. These platforms compile large databases of available scholarships and provide filters to allow students to maximize their searches. Please clink on the following link to read more about 17 of the most popular sites across five core metrics including search functionality, scholarship availability, ease of use, application tools, and additional helpful resources.
Please do not hesitate to contact the guidance office with any questions at 352-742-4543.
Elizabeth Farlow, Guidance Counselor
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