Bright Futures Community Service

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Bright Futures requirements

GPA FORMULA FOR WEIGHTED GPA:  0.5 additional weight given core academic courses designated as honors, pre-IB, IB/AP
"A" in semester course eligible for additional weight: (4 + 0.5 weight) x 0.5 credit value = 2.25 quality points
"A" in year course eligible for additional weight:  (4 + 0.5 weight) x 1.0 credit value = 4.50 quality points.

  • When do students apply for Bright Futures?  After December 1st of their senior year.
  • How do students apply?  By completing the FLORIDA FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION (FFAA) available online at www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/factsheets/BF.htm
  • When will students know if they qualify? Seniors are evaluated at the end of their seventh semester of high school. Seniors who meet ALL the eligibility criteria for either the Academic Scholars Award or the Medallion Scholars Award at the time of the seventh semester evaluation will receive an award letter in the spring prior to graduation. After graduation, all seniors will be reevaluated for eligibility, including grades, test scores and community service completed during the final semester, to determine if they are now eligible for an award for which they were not previously eligible. Students must have submitted their community service hours by the graduation date, however they may use the June testing of the SAT/ACT.
  • How can students determine their eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship? Evaluations are available online on the FACTS website www.facts.org This new web access allows public high school students to review their academic progress toward meeting Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program initial eligibility requirements. In addition students may view their progress toward meeting State University System course requirements for admission. Evaluations will be based on current program requirements and transcripts received from a student's school district.
  • For more information on the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, click her to go to the Bright Futures website.

BRIGHT FUTURES COMMUNITY SERVICE
WHAT COUNTS, WHAT DOESN'T

1. Service may be volunteered to the school and/or the community.
2. Students must perform volunteer services on their own time, which can include the participant's lunch break.
3. Participation in performances and festivals counts if the following apply:

a. Volunteer service meets an identified community service need, and
b. There is no admission charge accepted for the performance, and
c. Student participation is of voluntary nature, and
d. The performance does not promote the sponsoring organization, and
e. Neither the student organization nor the sponsoring organization receives payment for the performance.If participation meets the above criteria, then partial rehearsal time may be counted. Performing hours may be matched with the same number of rehearsal hours. For example, a chorus member performs 1 hour at a nursing home and is given 2 hours of credit (1 hour for the performance and 1 hour for rehearsal).
f. Band performances in community parades such as 4th of July, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Day, will count; homecoming parades do not count.

4. Students may not be paid for service rendered.
5. Volunteer service involving academic requirements for a class will not count.
6. Service rendered, as a prerequisite for employment will not count.
7. Attendance at self-improvement workshops, conferences, or competitions will not count as service.
8. Fundraising for non-profit organizations or charities will count.
9. Service may not be performed for a student's family or for a profit-making
10. organization, except for institutions like hospitals, nursing homes, or the humane
11. society.
12. Service performed as a result of disciplinary action taken by the school or courts cannot count
13. Volunteer work for the purpose of promoting a particular religious or political point of view or person cannot count as volunteer hours in this program. For example, if your church youth group helps with the Special Olympics, those hours would count, but not time spent distributing flyers advertising a church revival.
14. Participation in Varsity or Junior Varsity Athletics and regularly scheduled band and chorus performances does not constitute volunteer service under this program.
15. The above criteria will not cover all circumstances. If a question exists regarding the acceptance of an activity for volunteer service, the student's counselor should approve the service prior to the student's participation. A good guideline would be to ask how the activity addresses the social problem that the student has identified to work on as a part of his/her community service plan.

Some common activities, which do not count, include: acolyte, altar server, lay reader, vacation Bible School, babysitting, working in church nursery, church choir and clerical work for religious, political, or profit making organizations.


WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP STUDENTS DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT THEIR COMMUNITY SERVICE PLANS?

  • Volunteer Jacksonville, Inc (398-7777) has a booklet about volunteer opportunities in the community and a newsletter for Jacksonville's Youth Volunteers.
  • Suggested categories for community service plans - available in guidance or at www.cyberguidance.net

ARE THERE DIFFERENT GUIDELINES FOR IB STUDENTS? Pre-IB students must complete 25 hours of community service by Dec 1st of their sophomore year in order to be eligible to be inducted into the IB program. 50 additional hours must be completed by April 1st of their senior year to fulfill CAS requirements for the IB Diploma. The guidelines for the service component of CAS are the same as for Bright Futures; however, the forms for documentation are different and may be accessed from the IB link on the Stanton website.

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