College & Financial Aid Links
- If students are enrolled in the FRM (Free/Reduced Meal) Program, they qualify for FREE ACT/SAT fee waivers. Read the parent letter before completing the application
- Click here to apply online in English https://www.vcsedu.org/schoolwaycafe/free-and-reduced-meal-applications
- Speak with a Guidance Counselor to see how to obtain the SAT/ACT fee waiver.
Paying for College
Note 4/10/20: Bright Futures have not changed their requirements for our seniors, so they should expect to have 75 or 100 volunteer hours on record prior to graduation.
Here are some suggestions and guidelines for student wanting to earn community service hours:
- students can help a sibling with their school work
- sew masks
- deliver food or do yard work for an elderly neighbor, etc.
- Anything that is addressing a community need for which they are not being paid and are not risking their health.
- Go to VolunteerMatch to find effective ways to match students with online volunteer activities.
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program consists of three awards: Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) award, Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) award and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) award.
To receive FAS or the FMS scholarship students must submit the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 after high school graduation, complete the 16 college-preparatory courses required for admission to a state university, achieve the required weighted GPA in the 16 college-preparatory courses, complete the required number of service hour, achieve the required combined ACT® or composite SAT®.
To receive the Gold Seal Scholarship students must submit the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 after high school graduation, achieve the required weighted 3.0 GPA in the non-elective high school courses, take at least 3 full credits in a single Career and Technical Education program, achieve the required minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA in the career education courses, complete 30 service hours, and achieve the required minimum scores on one of the college entrance.
Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) at OSFA@fldoe.org or toll free at 1-888-827-2004.
Florida Pre-paid Programs
Florida Prepaid College Plans have specific dates to enroll, but you can request information to be sent for the next open enrollment. However, you can open a Florida 529 Savings Plan account at any time. Using the links below, you can view the Florida 529 Savings Plan Guide to learn more about the importance of saving for college and the options we offer.
- Students, searching for scholarships can be time-consuming and hard work. Please take a few preparatory steps before you begin your search to ensure that your time will be well spent and fruitful. Planning ahead is EVERYTHING!
- A guide to not just applying for scholarships but winning them! This quick guide gives students direction in starting their scholarship search. This website is available to any students looking for some tips: https://www.brookslawgroup.com/blog/applying-for-scholarships-and-winning/.
- Prepare a resume- Educational or Work Related; keep a log or folder of "things" you do, places you've gone, people you've met, lessons you've learned. It will all come in handy when preparing your 100 words of WOW!
- Get reference letters written early. Begin getting reference letters from your minister, your employer, your teachers, your guidance counselors, your coaches, your babysitting families, etc. Make 10-15 copies of each and have them sign them individually. Then keep them all in the folder with your resumes.
- Keep an extra 10-15 wallet size pictures of yourself. Many scholarships require a headshot.
- Keep your persuasive and informative essays from high school close by and electronically filed. They will come in handy when you are trying to write an essay for each of the scholarships you choose.
- Make copies of everything you send off. Don't ever trust that just because you put a stamp on it or handed it to someone that it is going to reach its destination.
- All that you can – in general, the more you apply for, the better your chances of receiving one become.
- Depends on your financial situation – most students will need some financial aid or scholarships to pay for college.
- Any scholarship that a student can receive will help to defray the cost of college.
- Three places – First, check with the college you will be attending for any scholarships they offer- most colleges and universities have a variety available. Second, use internet searches – there are literally millions of available scholarships – one challenge with internet searches is that many of the resources are specific to a particular college or major or have some other limiting requirements. Another challenge is that if it’s available on the internet the number of students applying is usually very large, which typically lowers the odds of receiving a particular scholarship. Third, regularly check the scholarship book in Student Services (referred to as the Big Red Book). This is a list of scholarship applications that we receive here at SHS. Each application is available for Seabreeze students. One of the benefits of this list is that many of the scholarships you’ll find here aren’t on the internet because they are from local organizations. Many of these are also scholarships that are only Seabreeze students are able to apply for. In general, the scholarships that are in this book will have fewer students apply for them so the odds of receiving them are better.
- It’s on ongoing process – most of the scholarships out there are for seniors so start searching early in your senior year. As for the Big Red Book in Student Services, students should be checking every couple of weeks throughout the year as we are adding scholarships each month from October until early May.
The BIG RED BOOK of scholarships is available in our guidance department throughout the year. In addition, below is a table of those scholarships in pdf format. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If the scholarship must be returned to the school, please take a picture of each page, then email them as attachments to email@example.com Please include a message with your name, alpha code and which scholarship you are including in the email. Each completed scholarship should be emailed separately. If you would like a copy of your transcript, please follow the steps below:
- Unofficial copy of your transcript, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject line include your first and last name, alpha code, unofficial transcript. You CAN NOT receive a printed copy of the unofficial transcript.
- Official copies are used for colleges (that cannot be sent electronically) and some scholarships ONLY. Email email@example.com for additional instructions