Brightful Scholarship Essay

Bright Futures Information for Students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

(http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf/ftib.htm)

The Florida Legislature is authorized each year to change eligibility and funding requirements. Florida law recognizes both the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Diploma and the IB curriculum as methods of qualifying for a Bright Futures Florida Academic or Medallion Scholars award. (Filing a Florida Financial Aid Application and FAFSA is required.) Senior students can begin completing their Florida Financial Aid Application to qualify for a Bright Futures scholarship on December 1 of their senior year at http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/home/ApplyHere.htm.
To qualify for the Florida Academic Scholars award with the IB Program Diploma:

  • Receive the IB Diploma
  • No SAT or ACT test score is required
  • Community service hours are recognized within the Diploma

To qualify for the Florida Academic Scholars award with the IB Program curriculum:

  • Complete the IB Program curriculum requirements as determined by the Florida Department of Education – No minimum coursework GPA is required
  • Meet the appropriate SAT or  ACT test score
  • Earn 100 community service hours (this requirement will be satisfied by completing the CAS portion of the IB Curriculum)

To qualify for the Florida Medallion Scholars award with the IB Program curriculum:

  • Complete the IB Program curriculum requirements as determined by the Florida Department of Education – No minimum coursework GPA is required
  • Meet the appropriate SAT or ACT test score
  • Earn 75 community service hours (this requirement will be satisfied by completing the CAS portion of the IB Curriculum)

 

The IB curriculum is defined as follows:

  • Complete a minimum of 10 credits identified by the International Baccalaureate

Organization as follows:

  • Two credits in three of the following areas, and one credit in each of the remaining three areas:

Language Arts, World Language, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics and Arts/Electives.

(Each of these credits must be an IB or AP course. Pre-IB courses do not meet IB curriculum

requirements.)

  • One credit in Theory of Knowledge.
  • Complete the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requirement, which includes at least 100 hours of

community service completed in grades 9-12.

  • Complete an extended essay.

Test Score Requirements for Florida Academic Scholars
and Florida Medallion Scholars
(2012-13 high school graduates and later)

High School Graduation Year

SAT*

ACT**

Florida Academic Scholars
2012-13

1280

28

2013-14 and thereafter

1290

29

Florida Medallion Scholars
2012-13

1020

22

2013-14 and thereafter

1170

26

*  SAT based on Critical Reading and Math sections only.
** ACT based on English, Reading, Math, and Science sections only.

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program has helped more than 550,000 Florida students attend a postsecondary institution. The program offers three levels of scholarship awards – the Florida Academic Scholars award (FAS), the Florida Medallion Scholars award (FMS), and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award (GSV).

Your Responsibilities

It is your job to know and meet the requirements of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program before high school graduation and throughout your college career.

The Application

To apply for a Bright Futures Scholarship, you must submit a completed, error free Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application during your last year in high school (after December 1 and prior to graduation). You must apply during your last year in high school, before graduation,* or you will forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship. To apply online, visit www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org, select “State Grants, Scholarships & Applications” and then select “Apply Here.” The application gives the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) permission to evaluate your high school transcript and test scores for eligibility for state scholarships and grants, including a Bright Futures Scholarship. You may apply prior to meeting all requirements.

Activate your User ID & PIN – Know it, Use it, Be Responsible for your state financial aid!

After submitting an Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application, you will:

  • create a PIN (Personal Identification Number) online
  • update your demographic information (on your original application), as necessary, and.
  • monitor your Financial Aid Recipient History (award status) online.

 

You are responsible for checking your application and award status. It is also your responsibility to provide your correct name, address, date of birth and social security number, and to inform us of any changes.

Your Transcript Evaluations

Your high school will automatically submit your transcript electronically to the FDOE for evaluation two times during the year, but you submit only ONE application:

  • Mid-year – after the fall term is completed and semester grades are posted. A mid-year evaluation includes fall coursework completed, spring coursework in progress, community service hours completed and test scores for test dates through January 31.
  • Final – several weeks after you graduate and all grades are posted. A final transcript evaluation includes all coursework and community service hours completed, and test scores for test dates through June 30.

 

You may lose a mid-year award only if you do not graduate from a Florida public or FDOE-registered private high school. However, if your GPA improves and/or other requirements are met during your final high school semester, you may then qualify for an award or higher award level based on the evaluation of your final high school transcript.

Notifications – will be posted online to your Financial Aid Recipient History.

  • Mid-year notifications begin posting in March
  • Final notifications begin posting in August

 

Activate your User ID & PIN – Know it,Use it,Be Responsible for your state financial aid!

Not Sure About College?

You should apply for a Bright Futures Scholarship even if you are considering not going to college, are planning to go out of state, are taking a few years off, or are enlisting in the military. Eligible students have up to three years from high school graduation to begin using the scholarship. Note: Initially eligible students who enlist in the United States Armed Forces immediately after high school graduation (within three years after separation from active duty), or students who receive a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and discontinue their education to enlist in the United States Armed Forces, commence the remainder of their five-year renewal period upon the date of separation from active duty.

Make the Grade

It is your responsibility to earn the necessary Grade Point Average (GPA) in the required high school classes. Not all high school courses will qualify you for a Bright Futures Scholarship. Ask your guidance counselor or refer to the Bright Futures website for course information.

Earn the Score

To qualify for a Bright Futures Scholarship, you must earn the minimum required test score (SAT, ACT, or CPT) for the award for which you wish to qualify.

Graduate!

You may receive early notification of your award status during your last term of high school; however, if you do not graduate,* you will not receive the award!

Stay Clean

You must not be found guilty of, or plead no contest to, a felony charge.

Click this link for additional fact sheet information:

http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/factsheets/BF.htm

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