Tallahassee, Florida -- March 17, 2011 --
The popular Bright Futures scholarship may become more difficult to obtain. Bright Futures, primarily funded by the Florida Lottery, offers several merit-based scholarships to eligible Florida students. But as the Legislature grapples with spending cuts, it is considering toughening Bright Futures eligibility requirements again. The Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee wants to raise the standard SAT score to apply for an academic scholarship from 1280 to 1300, the 90th percentile of test-takers, and the required SAT score to apply for a Medallion scholarship from 1020 to 1170, the 75th percentile. Volunteer hour requirements would also be boosted from 75 to 100. The committee expects to have final recommendations next week.