Many students and parents would like to know ahead of time where they stand regarding their eligibility for the Bright Futures Scholarship. To do this all the student needs to do is go to the Eligibility Website and select the county where they currently attend high school, type their last name and enter their social security number followed by an X. After submitting their information the student can select to see where they stand regarding all three BF scholarships: Academic, Medallion, and Gold Seal.
As for applying for the scholarship the application start date has changed this year.It opens October 1st, 2016. However, DO NOT apply for this scholarship BEFORE October 1st, 2016. Lastly, a student does not have to file the FAFSA to be eligible for this scholarship. Although, it is always recommended for a student to do so.
What if a student still has yet to meet the requirements by the time the application opens? Please note that a student has until the end of the school year to become eligible so it is recommended to apply regardless. Don't let it wait until the end of the school year! It is the shortest, easiest scholarship you can apply for. It will only take 10-15 minutes. What do you have to lose?
Apply here on October 1st.
There are two exciting changes coming to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process this year.
1. The 2017–18 FAFSA will be available earlier.You can file your 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
2. You’ll use earlier income and tax information.
Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, you’ll be required to report income and tax info from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, you—and your parent(s), as appropriate—will report your 2015 income and tax info, rather than your 2016 income and tax info.
We understand that some families’ income may have changed significantly since the 2015 tax year. If this is the case for you, you must complete the FAFSA with the info it asks for (2015). Then, after filing your FAFSA, contact the financial aid office at your school to explain your situation. The school has the ability to assess your situation and make adjustments to your FAFSA.
Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott have invited all Florida students to participate in the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month art and essay contests which will be centered around the theme, “Honoring Hispanic American Heroes: Veterans, Military, Law Enforcement and First Responders.” Students in grades K-3 have a chance to win a cash prize by submitting artwork, and students in grades 4-12 can earn a 4-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship through the essay contest.
The prizes could transform the lives of a student in your class or school. I hope that you will encourage all of your students to take full advantage of this opportunity to enhance their appreciation for Hispanic American History and prepare financially for their own future education aspirations.
Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time, Hispanic American educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award.
The deadline for all submissions is 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2016.
To learn more about Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and contests, including contest rules and forms, visit www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com.
Looking to study diseases and the spread of the latest outbreak of the Zika Virus. Look no further than the Florida institution in Ft. Myers. Florida Gulf Coast University had been given sizable grants and funding ($3.5 million to be exact) to research the dengue virus known as Zika. Florida Gulf Coast University Professors Sharon Isern and Scott Michael are virologists in the school’s department of biological sciences, with more than a decade of specialty in infectious diseases. Last year, the duo patented a dengue vaccine currently in its testing phase. Michael says even the best efforts to stunt the spread of the disease aren’t enough to account for human behaviors which may create greater exposure.
“We don’t know enough about Zika to come up with a great plan,” he says. “What we’re relying on is mosquito control, but that’s our only option. But the virus is also transmitted sexually, so are students going to stop having sex? Even the CDC and Florida State Department of Health are changing their stories on how to think about it as research gets done.”
As Florida officials work to reduce mosquito populations throughout Miami and surrounding counties, federal officials continue to spar over funding to contain the outbreak. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services authorized a funding reallocation of $81 million to fund continuing research and vaccine development, but estimates suggest that more than $1.5 billion will be needed to manage a total number of infections exceeding 1,800 patients nationwide, with the potential for massive spreading.
“I’m going to be extremely disappointed if they wait to take action until American babies are infected,” says Michael.
Cited: EducationDive, http://www.educationdive.com/news/florida-universities-take-lead-on-zika-research-and-awareness/424325/
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We look forward to working with you and hope you have a great week!
Amanda R. Dale
Senior Associate Director
Office of Admissions | University of Georgia
Terrell Hall | Athens, GA 30602-1633
The prize for this scholarship is a $500 scholarship for one individual who shows merit and can prove they are eligible based on requirements.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
May 1st, 2017
APPLICATION ENTRY THEME
Please view the theme below and write an essay of 500-1000 words based on the subject provided.
How can the government help improve veteran lives when they return from their tour of duty?
To apply for Coi Rubber Scholarship for Military Veterans, please send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your transcript, your application entry(500 word essay), a photo of yourself, and proof of your military service.
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Serena Ostrowsky, M.Ed.