Bright Futures Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who score well academically and are provided only for the residents of Florida. This is a scholarship that has a rich history, to know more go through this article.

Updated by Shubharthi Dey on 4th February 2019

Bright Futures Scholarship

Bright Futures Scholarship is a Scholarship program established in 1997 in the state of Florida. It is termed as an awesome education funding option for the people in Florida.

Bright Futures Scholarships are only for the residents of Florida and this organization is very strict with the eligibility and requirements.

The best advantage of this scholarship is that one can receive money and funds for the entire duration of the course. The Florida Legislative created this program to award the students for good academics.


What are the different types of Bright Futures Scholarship?

  • Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) - This one is for most competitive Bright Future Scholars. FAS scholar students can receive funding throughout the entire course that the student is pursuing. This is for ‘A’ students.

  • Florida Merit Scholars (FMS) - They can receive funds during the entire course time. This is for ‘B’ student. 

  • Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) – This scholarship is basically for post-high school vocational and certificate degree. They can receive funds for credit up to 72 hours of a technical degree/certificate degree and up to 60 credits of applied technology degree. 

What are the requirements for Bright Futures Scholarship?

  • A student must be a citizen of United States or eligibility non-citizen.

  • A student should complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA), by 8/31 in the year of high school graduation.

  • A candidate should be enrolled for six credit hours per semester.

  • A student should not have been convicted of any felony charge.

  • Should accept and get enrolled in a degree or certificate program from an eligible Florida Public or Independent Postsecondary Institution. 

Eligibility for different types of Bright Futures Scholarships

Let's look into the eligibility criteria to apply for the scholarship. A comprehensive detail has been put into the below table.

Type Min. GPA Minimum Score in ACT Minimum Score of SAT Service Hours
FAS 3.5 29 1290 100
FMS 3 26 1170 75
FMS (Homeschooled Students) 3 27 1220 75

How to apply?

The following steps will surely guide you to apply for the scholarship in a step-wise manner.

  • Step 1: Submit the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAD) form. It opens on December 1st of every year.

  • Step 2: Get the ACT and SAT scores and submit them.

  • Step 3: Submit your Official high school transcripts.

  • Step 4: Update your information in your account.

  • Step 5: Check if everything you submitted is fine and get in touch so that you know if your scholarship is eligible or not. 

Bright Futures Scholarship Amount

Bright Futures award amounts for the academic year 2018-19 is as follows:

  • The Florida Academic Scholars Award is $212.71 per credit hour.

  • The Florida Medallion Scholars Award is $159.53 per credit hour.

  • The Academic Top Scholars Award is $44 per credit hour.

GSV- Gold Seal Vocational Scholars

When compared to other Scholarships, GSV is the least competitive when compared to the other scholarships under Bright Future Scholarship. It is necessary to remember that GSV is can only be used for career education or certificate program, it cannot be a four-year degree.

The qualifications required for GSV are

  • One must have graduated from a standard high school diploma.

  • The minimum GPA should be 3.0 in non-elective high school courses.

  • One must complete 30 service hours in high school graduation.

  • The degree opted should be a career or technical education program.


It’s always the minority and the needy ones are being helped, but this scholarship is for students who really score well in their academics.

The more you score the more you can get money through scholarships. Thus, making this a performance-based scholarship, not a need-based one. So, if you want one you have to work for it.


  1) Who funds the Bright Futures Scholarship? 

The Organization that runs the Bright Futures Scholarship is the Florida Lottery which is a government-run organization in the state of Florida. The Floria lottery started 30 years ago and at present has 13,200 members.   

  2) What is the scholarship amount received in Bright Futures scholarship?

The amount is set by the organization each year. In the year 2016-2017, academic scholars received up to $103 per credit hour per semester, medallion scholars received up to $77 per credit hours per semester, and Gold Seal scholars received up to $48 per credit per semester. 

  3) What are the types of Bright Future Scholarship I can apply for? 

There are a few different types of Bright Future scholarships you can apply for. They are listed below:

  • Florida Medallion Scholars

  • Gold Seal Vocational Scholars

  • Non-traditional student ( Homeschooled ) 

  • General Education development Students.

  • Out-Of-states students. 

  4) What is the deadline to apply for a Bright Futures Scholarship? 

The students should fill up the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) form and submit it before the end of August after their High school graduation.

  5) Is volunteer hours required to receive a bright futures scholarship? 

Yes, Volunteer hours are required to qualify as for a Bright Futures Scholarships. The student must complete a minimum required hour of community service, that is 100 hours.