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Community Service for Bright Futures Scholarships

Homeschoolers seeking a Bright Futures Scholarship are responsible for maintaining an accurate account of the community service hours completed during high school. Community service hours earned must be approved by the Florida Department of Education or the school district for initial eligibility, and there are specific rules governing how community service hours may be earned. The number of hours that must be completed vary by scholarship. More specific information is provided below. We have also included several links to organizations needing volunteers.

Community Service Requirements

All initial Bright Futures Scholarship applicants must have a specified number of documented community service hours. The service hours are completed during high school only and are documented in writing. The required number of completed hours depends on the award. No waivers of this requirement can be granted. The current number of hours needed to meet the initial eligibility requirements is as follows:

Florida Academic Scholars Award (FAS) Completion of 100 hours of community service
Florida Medallion Scholars Award (FMS) Completion of 75 hours of community service
Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (GSV) Completion of 30 hours of community service
Gold Seal CAPE Scholars Award (GSC) Completion of 30 hours of community service
*These requirements are subject to change. Visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/ for more information.

Documenting Community Service Hours

Community Service hours and dates must be documented by the agency where the service hours were earned on the agency's letterhead. The parent or student is responsible for submitting the documentation to their zoned district home education office. The district is responsible for certifying the hours and uploading them to the Bright Futures Scholarship database.

Rules to Remember

  • Community service hours must be completed during high school and by high school graduation.
  • Community service hours may not benefit the student financially or materially.
  • Community service hours may not be earned for service provided to family members, defined as: parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and spouses, including all step relations.
  • Community service hours may not be earned for service provided as a result of court action.

Places to Volunteer

Wondering where community service hours can be earned? Here are just a few of many organizations looking for volunteers. 

American Red Cross Libraries
Animal Shelters / Humane Societies Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
Aquariums (MOTE Marine Laboratory and Aquarium) Nursing Homes / Assisted Living Facilities
Botanical Gardens (Flamingo Gardens, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens) Ronald McDonald House
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Special Olympics Florida
Florida State Parks Teen Court
Food Banks Wildlife Sanctuaries
Habitat for Humanity YMCA
Hospitals Zoos

These requirements are subject to change with each legislative session. For more information and to find out what rules apply to a specific graduation year, please visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/.

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