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Helping Students Qualify for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

By Rachel Kapelke-Dale on September 16, 2021 In Teachers

If your institution is in Florida, you've likely already heard about the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. But you may not know that there are testing requirements to qualify for eligibility—or that students can boost their ACT or SAT scores into the qualifying range!

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About the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

First things first: what are we talking about when we discuss the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship? There are actually two separate scholarships that fall under this larger umbrella.

First, the Florida Medallion Scholarship covers 75% of tuition and fees for the length of undergraduate studies at in-state public universities. This applies to fall and spring semesters, without any additional stipends.

Next, the Florida Academic Scholarship covers 100% of Florida state university tuition, including a $300-per-semester stipend to help cover additional costs.

Both scholarships are given out based on GPA, test scores, and service hours. However, given the difference in amounts, it makes sense that each scholarship has slightly different requirements. Take a look!

Requirements for the Florida Medallion Scholarship

To qualify for a Florida Medallion Scholars award, students need to:

  • Graduate from a public Florida high school
  • Meet course requirements
  • Have a weighted GPA of at least 3.0
  • Score a minimum of 25 on the ACT or 1210 on the SAT
  • Complete 75 hours of service work.

Requirements for the Florida Academic Scholars Award

To qualify for a Florida Academic Scholars award, students need to:

  • Graduate from a public Florida high school
  • Meet course requirements
  • Have a weighted GPA of at least 3.5
  • Score a minimum of 29 on the ACT or 1330 on the SAT
  • Complete 100 hours of service work.

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How to Help Students Applying for Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

By the time most students think about where they'll go to college and how they'll pay for it, a lot of their high school records are already set in stone. They can't go back to Freshman year and get a better grade in Algebra, after all.

But, with that said, students can absolutely still boost their test scores! While scoring 25 or 29 on the ACT (or 1210/1330 on the SAT) can be tricky, it is possible if they put in the time and effort.

One of the best ways you can help them do this is to guide them in the direction of excellent materials! By working with top-notch test prep, students will maintain motivation while preparing for test day with realistic, effective questions and lessons.

How Magoosh Can Help

And that's also where Magoosh comes in! Our materials guarantee student success: a 4+ score improvement on the ACT and a 100+ score improvement on the SAT.

Best of all, our video lessons and practice questions work efficiently for students, so that they can integrate test prep easily into their busy schedules. In just 20 minutes a day, students can see huge leaps in their scores.

The expert-curated schedules mean that students don't have to overthink their test prep. They log into their Magoosh account, complete their video lessons and practice questions (with video and/or text explanations for each one), and work with smart diagnostic and progress tracking tools to maximize their scores!

Takeaways

The Florida Bright Futures scholarship program presents an amazing opportunity for students, cutting their potential college debt significantly—or even completely. And though it may seem like teachers and administrators have little to do with students' success in the scholarship process, assisting them with boosting test scores can help make them more competitive candidates. Good luck!

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