About the Scholarship

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program - Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (GSV) is organized by the Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance. This program offers 3 lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high-school graduates who have high academic achievements.

Of all the various tiers of awards offered by the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, an applicant can only receive the prize money for only one of the awards, the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (GSV) being one of them.

How to Apply?

To apply for the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (GSV), the applicants need to fill up the application, available online on the official website of the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA). Applicants may apply online by completing the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA). 

Standardized tests will be taken around 31 January for 7th Semester evaluations, and around 30 June for 8th Semester evaluations.

All the necessary eligibility requirements need to be strictly completed by the applicant before their high school graduation.

Scholarship Amount

The amount to be awarded through the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program - Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (GSV) is determined by the General Appropriations Act each year. The award winners are bound to receive a fixed cost per credit hour, on the basis of their respective award level, institution type, and credit type. The prize money is available for up to 5 years after the applicant graduates from high school.

Deadline Information

The applicants need to submit their application form on or before the deadline date of August 31.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria to apply for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program - Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (GSV) are:

  • The applicant must be a graduating high school senior at the time of application.

  • The applicant must be a resident of Florida.

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.



  • The applicant must be accepted by, enrolled in a degree or certificate program, and be funded at an eligible Florida public or independent postsecondary institution within two years from the his/her year of high school graduation (exceptions available for active military students and students who engage in a religious or volunteer commitment of at least 18 months).

  • The applicant must complete 30 or more service hours during high school and by high school graduation.

  • The applicant must graduate from a Florida high school with a standard diploma.

  • The applicant must have a weighted grade point average of 3.0 or higher in non-elective high school courses and an unweighted grade point average of 3.5 or higher in career education courses.

  • The applicant must meet ONE of the following standardized test score criteria: SAT - 440 or higher on critical reading and 440 or higher on math; ACT - 17 or higher on English, 19 or higher on reading, and 19 or higher on math; PERT - 106 or higher on reading, 103 or higher on writing, and 114 or higher on math. Exam types cannot be combined; a student must qualify based on each sub-test score for a single exam type. Sub-test scores from different test dates may be used to meet the test requirement. Scores are taken through June 30 of the student's senior year (for a regular graduate, or Jan. 31 for a mid-year graduate) will be accepted for Bright Futures evaluation.

  • The applicant must be a U.S. student.

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