Bright Futures takes extra work with school online

AcademicsPeter Fisichella– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Covid-19 has drastically changed the way the whole world is operating, especially when it comes to school. Schools have transitioned into remote learning, and it has become harder for students to work towards obtaining a Bright Futures Scholarship.

The Bright Futures scholarship has criteria based on weighted GPA, SAT or ACT scores, and community service hours. Due to the Coronavirus and school becoming online, it is very difficult for students to get volunteer hours and impossible to take an SAT or ACT.

Sophomore Jordan Baker is mostly concerned about his ability to start taking his SAT or ACT.

“As a sophomore, I wanted to start testing and see where my base score would fall so that I would have time to improve it. Now all the tests are cancelled for the near future and it is harder on all students to start or continue to test,” said Baker.

Seniors may still have a chance to take one more SAT and ACT to qualify for Bright Futures. LRHS school counselor Tracy Jordan is hopeful that seniors will have one more testing date.

“At this time, the June SAT and ACT are still scheduled. Bright Futures has always accepted scores from this date. The July ACT will not be accepted unless Bright Futures makes any changes,” said Jordan.

Volunteer opportunities on the other hand are still trying to be sorted out.

“The district is looking for ways for students to earn hours while at home, but if a student is trying to turn in volunteer hours they can be scanned and emailed to administrative assistant Kari Keech-Babcock at keech-babcockk@manateeschools.net,” said Baker.

If Mustangs are looking to check the status of Bright Futures, the Bright Futures website would be the best place to check as updates will be posted there.

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