Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1844 By Senator Powell 30-00722-20 20201844__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Bright Futures 3 Scholarship Program; amending s. 1009.531, F.S.; 4 revising student eligibility requirements for initial 5 awards from any of the scholarships under the Florida 6 Bright Futures Scholarship Program; providing an 7 effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 1009.531, Florida 12 Statutes, is amended to read: 13 1009.531 Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program; 14 student eligibility requirements for initial awards.— 15 (1) In order to be eligible for an initial award from any 16 of the scholarships under the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship 17 Program, a student must: 18 (a) Be a Florida resident as defined in s. 1009.40 and 19 rules of the State Board of Education. 20 (b) Earn a standard Florida high school diploma pursuant to 21 s. 1002.3105(5), s. 1003.4281, or s. 1003.4282 or a high school 22 equivalency diploma pursuant to s. 1003.435 unless: 23 1. The student completes a home education program according 24 to s. 1002.41; 25 2. The student earns a high school diploma from a non 26 Florida school while living with a parent or guardian who is on 27 military or public service assignment away from Florida; or 28 3. The student earns a high school diploma from a Florida 29 private school operating pursuant to s. 1002.42. 30 (c) Be accepted by and enroll in an eligible Florida public 31 or independent postsecondary education institution. 32 (d) Be enrolled for at least 6 semester credit hours or the 33 equivalent in quarter hours or clock hours. 34 (e)
Not have been found guilty of, or entered a plea of35 nolo contendere to, a felony charge, unless the student has been36 granted clemency by the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the37 Executive Office of Clemency.38 (f)Apply for a scholarship from the program by high school 39 graduation. However, a student who graduates from high school 40 midyear must apply no later than December 31 of the student’s 41 graduation year in order to be evaluated for and, if eligible, 42 receive an award for the current academic year. 43 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.