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Gov. Rick Scott signs Florida Bright Future Scholarship changes into law



High school graduates with service or religious commitments no longer will have to reject their Florida Bright Futures Scholarships.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on Thursday provisions that will allow those students to delay their awards until after they have completed their other obligations.

HB 793 limits the postponement of the scholarships to students who have documented their participation in activities sponsored by nonprofits or federal government programs, such as the Peace Corps.

The new law also expands the uses of Bright Futures to select technical education programs, and allows students to earn volunteer hours toward their scholarship qualification through political campaign work, something that schools had not approved in the past. Lawmakers have looked at some of these issues for the past few years.

Last year, they failed as the Legislature abruptly adjourned early. This year, both the House and Senate approved the measure unanimously.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 24, 2016 1:04pm]


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