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Florida Medallion Scholars

Initial Eligibility Requirements for 2014 High School Graduates

Note:  These requirements are subject to change with each legislative session.

  • A student graduating from high school during the 2013-14 academic year and applying for state aid for the 2014-15 academic year must apply for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship after December 1 and prior to high school graduation. To apply a student must submit a completed Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) during the last year in high school.
  • An eligible student who graduates mid-year may receive an initial award in the spring term following the student’s graduation.  The FFAA must be submitted by August 31 of the student’s graduation year (prior to the spring term enrolled).
  • A student may receive funding for only one award (Florida Academic Scholars, Florida Medallion Scholars, or Gold Seal Vocational Scholars).  The highest award earned by the student will be selected.
  • Initial eligibility requirements must be met prior to high school graduation from a Florida public or FDOE-registered private high school.
  • NEW - Submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is NO LONGER required; however, students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA to learn of potential eligibility for additional state and federal aid.

Public and Private Institutions All students will receive the specified (cost per credit hour) award amounts established by the Florida Legislature in the General Appropriations Act.  Award amounts for the 2014-15 academic year will be available in summer 2014 after the legislative session.  Institutional fees are not included in the award.

Grade Point Average (GPA)
3.0 weighted GPA using the credits listed below, combined with the test scores and community service hours listed below.  Weighting for more challenging, higher level courses is prescribed by law as .50 per course per year.  (Note: GPAs are not rounded.)

Required Credits
Courses must include 16 credits of college preparatory academic courses.
  •   4 English (3 with substantial writing)
  •   4 Mathematics (Algebra I level and above)
  •   3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab)
  •   3 Social Science
  •   2 World Language (sequential, in the same language)
    16 Credits
May use up to two additional optional credits from courses in the academic areas listed above and/or AP, IB, or AICE fine arts courses to raise the GPA if necessary

World Language Requirement Students must demonstrate world language proficiency at a level equal to two years of high school world language (sequential, in the same language) or American Sign Language coursework (see Comprehensive Course Table).  This requirement can be met in one of the following ways.

  1. Complete coursework as follows:
    • Second course in high school (Spanish II, French II, German II, etc.)
    • Second postsecondary course (Elementary II) as long as the course is for 4.0 credit hours. (The Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) and the State Board of Education has approved all four-credit world language courses to receive one high school credit.)
    • Third postsecondary course (Intermediate I), regardless of credits.

The Comprehensive Course Table (CCT) indicates which world language courses (secondary and postsecondary) may be taken to complete the world language sequence for FMS and SUS admissions eligibility.  For the FMS award, the grade for the "completer" world language course and the best semester grades of the remaining courses in the same world language (to equal up to 2.0 high school world language credits) will be used in the Bright Futures GPA calculation.  The Bright Futures evaluation program will review the students’ transcripts for the presence of a world language "completer" course to determine if the world language requirement has been met.

Students may also meet the requirement in one of the ways listed below.  For each of these methods, the Bright Futures World Language Waiver (0791920) must be entered in a student's transcript (enter "FL" in the subject field, 0 credit, and no grade). Documentation indicating how the proficiency was met must be kept in the student's cumulative folder.

  1. Earn at least the scores indicated below on a CLEP, AP, SAT-II or Departmental Test.


Test Minimum Score Required for Proficiency
CLEP* For students entering college 2008-09 and later:
French 59; German 60; Spanish 63

For students entering college 2007-08 and earlier:
French 62; German 63; Spanish 66.
AP* 3
SAT-II If a college awards credit based on an SAT - Subject test, documentation of the credits awarded must be given to the high school guidance counselor.
Departmental Test If a college awards credit based on a Departmental Test, documentation of the credits awarded must be given to the high school guidance counselor.
*Scores approved by State Board of Education and posted in the Articulation Coordinating Committee’s Credit-by-Exam Equivalencies document.

  1. If a student's proficiency is in a language for which there is no test available to determine proficiency, a transcript documenting formal education equal to two years of high school coursework in that language, or in English in a non-English-speaking country, may be used.

All students who wish to earn an FMS award must meet the world language requirement.  There are no exceptions for any reason.

Community Service 75 hours, as approved by the district or private school

Test Scores
  • Best combined score of 1170 SAT I/SAT Reasoning Test (based on the combined Critical Reading and Math sections only) or best composite score of 26 ACT (excluding the writing section)
  • The writing sections for both the SAT and ACT will not be used in the composite
  • SAT Subject Tests exams are not used for Bright Futures eligibility
  • ACT scores are rounded up for scores with .5 and higher; SAT scores do not require rounding
  • Sections of the SAT or ACT from different test dates may be used to meet the test criteria
  • For early eligibility evaluations, test dates through January 31 will be admissible
  • For final eligibility evaluations, test dates through June 30 will be admissible
  • For mid-year 7th semester eligibility evaluations, test dates through June 30 will be admissible
  • For mid-year 8th semester eligibility evaluations, test dates through January 31 will be admissible

Other Ways to Qualify
  • National Merit or Achievement Scholars and Finalists
  • National Hispanic Scholars
  • Students who have completed the IB Curriculum with best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT
  • AICE Diploma Recipients (based on exams taken prior to and during the high school graduation exam administration series ending mid-June)
  • Students who have completed the AICE Curriculum with best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT
  • Students who have attended a home education program according to s. 1002.41, F.S., registered with the district during grades 11 and 12, and:
    • have best composite score of 1220 SAT or 27 ACT
    • OR

    • Have best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT with a weighted 3.0 GPA in the above 16 required credits (documented through Florida public, FDOE-registered private, FLVS or dual enrollment transcripts)
  • GED with best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT and a 3.0 weighted GPA in the above 16 required credits
  • 3-year standard college preparatory program with best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT and a 3.0 weighted GPA in the above 16 required credits.


FMS requirements for future high school graduates (These are subject to change with each legislative session.)

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