Michelle Rodriguez – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Florida Bright Futures scholarships have changed their policies for upcoming graduates.
On Jul. 25, 2022, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that made service hours and paid work hours eligible for a Bright Futures scholarship.
Originally, only unpaid community service hours could be logged for Academic and Medallion scholarships.
This change is meant to financially relieve students who have to work and don’t have time to volunteer.
DeSantis said, “Florida students should not lose the opportunity to receive a Bright Futures Scholarship because they have to work to help their families make ends meet.”
“After school jobs teach our students valuable life lessons, much like community service hours do. I am glad to sign this bill and will continue to make sure higher education remains affordable in Florida,” continued DeSantis.
To qualify, Mustangs must mark down 100 working hours.
Additionally, House Bill 461 allows qualified Medallion scholarship students (75% paid) 100% of their tuition paid. The GPA requirement was also changed from a 4.0 to a 3.5.