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Bright Futures Scholarships

The website, Bright Futures Application, is an excellent guide

For students early in their high school career, now is the time to begin prepping for a successful bright futures scholarship application. For those nearing the end of high school, the website above is an excellent resource for making sure students are on track with securing a Bright Futures scholarship. Please review the material to find out what average GPA your student should be maintaining throughout high school, how many community service hours are required, what SAT/ACT scores are necessary, and more. 

The Bright Futures Scholarship application period opened on October 1, 2017. To begin a new Bright Futures Scholarship application, please visit

For complete detailed information regarding Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program, including eligibility requirements, award amounts, and annual renewal information, please visit


11th and 12th graders were given a handout earlier this year regarding scheduled test dates, test sites and deadlines for the current school year.  It is recommended that students attempt one or both of these college entry exams in the fall of their junior year, thereby giving them ample time to retake them if they wish.  See the resource links to the right for more information.

Edwin Budge Mead Scholarship

Click here to download the Edwin Budge Mead Scholarship Application

The Florida Hospital Waterman Foundation is very excited to provide the Edwin Budge Mead Scholarship application to current graduating seniors! It is understood that not all students are college-bound, so this scholarship highlights an opportunity for those who will pursue vocational/technical school/college certifications (for example, certified nursing assistant, emergency medical technician, medical technologist, radiology technician, electrical technician, HVAC technician, etc.). This is a scholarship opportunity for college-bound AND vocational/technical school/college students. Last year 8 local high school seniors were awarded $16,000 in scholarship funds!! 
To be eligible for the FHW Foundation Edwin Budge Mead Scholarship, ACA students must have a 3.0 unweighted GPA or higher and must currently be accepted into a college, university, or vocational/technical school. It is preferred that the student is pursuing a degree or certification in a healthcare-related field. Students must submit the completed application to the guidance office by April 6.

The Best Scholarship Search Platforms of 2018

College is the most expensive its ever been. With tuition rates rising an average of 3.5% every year, the average undergraduate now finishes their degree with over $37,000 in student debt. Scholarships are one of the best ways to reduce these growing costs and scholarship search platforms exist to help students find the most relevant ones. These platforms compile large databases of available scholarships and provide filters to allow students to maximize their searches. Please clink on the following link to read more about 17 of the most popular sites across five core metrics including search functionality, scholarship availability, ease of use, application tools, and additional helpful resources.

Click here for the Best Scholarship Search Platforms

SEU & Lake Technical College/Lake Sumter State College Field Trips

The juniors life skills class will be taking a field trip to Southeastern University on Tuesday, April 10th to tour the campus and speak with representatives from the financial aid and admissions offices.  We will be leaving campus at 8 am for SEU in Lakeland, returning for a normal dismissal at 3:15 pm. The same group of students will be taking a field trip to explore local resources for possible career options/post-secondary education on Tuesday, April 17th. They will be leaving campus at 9:30 am to tour the Lake Technical College campus in Eustis. From there students will visit Lake Sumter State College in Leesburg for a 1:30 pm tour, stopping for lunch in between school visits. Students will return to ACA for a late dismissal at 3:30 pm. 

The fee for these field trips is $10 per student to reserve the bus. This fee includes both trips. Students will also need lunch money to eat off campus both days. Additional money for the gift shop or snacks should be provided at the parents discretion. Please note that any student unable to attend the field trip(s) will be placed in a classroom environment with work to complete. 

Please contact Elizabeth Farlow, the school guidance counselor, if you have any questions or concerns. She & Mrs. Dora Getford will be chaperoning the trip. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the guidance office with any questions at 352-742-4543.

Thank you!

Elizabeth Farlow, Guidance Counselor