Career and Technical Education
Bright Futures GSV and CAPE Scholarships

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Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarships (GSV)

Initial Eligibility Requirements (2020-21):

(As determined by the Department of Education)

The Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) award may be funded if a student is enrolled in a career education or certificate program. Florida high school students who wish to qualify for the GSV award must meet the following initial eligibility requirements:

1. Submit the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 after high school graduation,
2. Achieve the required weighted 3.0 GPA in the non-elective high school courses,
3. Take at least three (3) full credits in a single Career and Technical Education program,
4. Achieve the required minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA in the career education courses,
5. Complete 30 service hours, and
6. Achieve the required minimum scores on one of the college entrance exams per the chart below:
 

 

Requirements to Receive an Award:

(As determined by your postsecondary institution)

1. Evaluated by Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) as meeting the initial eligibility requirements,
2. Graduated with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent,
3. Be a Florida resident and U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, and
4. Enroll as a degree- or certificate-seeking student at a Florida institution in at least 6 non-remedial semester credit hours.

 

Scholarship Restrictions:

GSV may only be used at postsecondary institutions that offer an applied technology diploma, technical degree education program (associate in applied science or associate in science), or a career certificate program.

 

Renewal Requirements:

(As determined by grade and hours submitted by your postsecondary institution)

1. Students must earn the number of credit hours based on the student’s enrollment type per term, and
2. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA (unrounded and unweighted).
 
 

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Gold Seal CAPE Scholars (GSC)

 
The Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholars award (GSC) may be funded if a student is enrolled in a career education or certificate program. Upon completion of an associate in science degree program that articulates to a Bachelor of Science degree, a GSC Scholar may also receive an award for a maximum of 60 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Science degree program. Upon completion of an associate in applied science program, a GSC Scholar may also receive an award for a maximum of 60 credit hours toward a bachelor of applied science degree program.
 
Florida high school students who wish to qualify for the GSC award must meet the following initial eligibility requirements:
• Earn a minimum of five postsecondary credit hours through CAPE industry certifications that articulate for college credit; and
• Complete 30 service hours. Service Hours Students must complete service hours during high school and by high school graduation. For additional information, refer to Service Hours under FAS and FMS on page 4 of the Bright Futures Student Handbook.
 

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Important information regarding both GSV and GSC awards:

• For detailed information, please refer to the Bright Futures Student Handbook.
• These eligibility requirements are subject to change with each legislative session.
• The student is responsible for tracking application and award status online, and ensuring that funding for an academic year is accurate by contacting their institution’s financial aid office.
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