Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bright Futures Scholarship CHANGES

There have been some major changes to the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.  Please download the form below to get the most current Bright Futures eligibility information.  You'll notice that the Florida Academic Scholarship that used to require 75 hours of community service will now require 100 hours.  The Florida Medallion Scholarhip did not require any hours of community service but will now require 75 hours.  SAT and ACT scores will also begin to increase depending on your student's graduation year.

Bright Futures Eligibility Chart:

Bright Futures Website:

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Community Service Resource

If you're looking for a major listing of community service available around Jacksonville please visit:

It's a free website that you will create an account on and peruse their hundreds of community service opportunities. 

Make sure to take your Community Service Log with you when you do any hours!

Young Males Summit

The summit is a week long event sponsored by the Healthy Jacksonville Men’s Health Coalition.

The Summit features a Young Males Summit on June 17, 4-7:30pm at the FSCJ Downtown Campus’ Advanced Technology Center.


Friday June 17, 4:00-7:30pm

• 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Welcome & presentation

• 5:00 – 6:00 Workshops

Kids Together Against Cancer

Do you have a parent with cancer or know someone who does? KTAC is the first program in our area to offer support to children and their families during a parent's cancer journey. Under the auspices of St. Vincent's Health Care and through a generous gift from the Rice Family Foundation, we have developed a five week program to help parents provide their children with the coping skills they need during this difficult time.

Visit for more info.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Achieving the Dream Scholarship

Achieving the Dream Scholarship program which the Mayor’s Hispanic Council and the Hispanic Chamber sponsor. They will be awarding $5,000 in scholarships this fall and the deadline to register is 7/1/11.

MHAAB Mission:

To provide a means by which the City may obtain information, guidance, and ongoing comprehensive studies relating to its citizens of Hispanic descent, in order to effectively recognize the concerns and desires of Hispanic citizens.

Basis for Selection:
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, based solely on the content of the application. Applications will be evaluated and selections made by a panel of judges consisting of FCHCC and MHAAB members. Applicants' scores will be based upon the following criteria:

Academic Transcripts and Grades................ 30%

Honors and Awards................................... 10%

Extracurricular Activities............................ 20%

Essay...................................................... 30%

Financial Need.......................................... 10%

Scholarship Requirements:
The FCHCC and MHAAB have established scholarships in the amount of up to $2,000 to be awarded to Hispanic students that meet the following criteria:

The applicant must be currently accepted to and planning to attend a two- or four-year university during the 2011-2012 fall term, or currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited institution and has a cumulative GPA average of 3.0 or better.

The applicant must be at most a third-generation Hispanic, a Permanent Resident Alien or U.S. citizen with established residency in the Florida First Coast region: Duval, St. Johns, Baker, Clay, or Nassau counties for at least three (3) years prior to the awarding date of the scholarship.

Applicants Must Submit:
*Completed Application
*Official transcript
*Proof of acceptance or enrollment in a two- or four-year university or graduate school
*Essay (400-450 words) explaining why you need or deserve to receive this scholarship Two professional letters of recommendation Resume (if application is for graduate school).

The stipend will be used to pay for tuition and/or books and will be in addition to and not to conflict with any other scholarships or grants the student may be entitled to.

Deadline for Submission:
Applications must be submitted online no later than July 1, 2011. Selections will be made by the Scholarship selection committee. Recipents will be informed in the Fall.

Frequently-Asked Questions:

Can I hand deliver my application to one of the BOD members?
Your application must be submitted online and only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Do I need to submit my application via Certified mail?
There's no need to send your application either Certified or Registered mail.

Would I be notified if I have been selected?
Yes, only selected recipients will be notified by phone. Communications will happen in the late summer. Keep checking our website for the list of selected Achieving the Dream recipients. The names of the selected recipients will be published on our website and in our Fall eNewsletter issue.
What is the deadline to submit an application?
July 1, 2011.

What is the website address where I should submit my application?
Applicants will submit applications to this web address:
Apply by clicking here: