Community Service Guidelines
Florida Academic Scholars Award, Florida Medallion Award, Gold Seal Vocational Award, Bright Futures
To access an award through the Bright Futures Program, a student must complete a program of community service work, as approved by the school, which will require the student to identify a social problem that interests him or her, develop a plan for his or her personal involvement in addressing the problem, and through papers or other presentations, evaluate and reflect upon his or her experience. (Florida Statute 1009.534)
Community Service is defined as identifying and addressing a social issue in the community. This requires students to look beyond themselves and reach out to an issue faced by our society today (i.e. poverty, abuse, elderly citizen, homelessness). These hours will meet the requirement for the Florida Bright Futures Award Program.
Volunteer Service is defined as assisting where needed and does not necessarily address a social issue. Although these hours are not recorded on the transcript, students can keep a log of these activities for use when applying for college, job applications, awards and scholarships other than Bright Futures.
Florida Academic Scholarship - 100 hours of community service
Florida Medallion Scholarship - 75 hours of community service
Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship - 30 hours of community service
Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholarship- 30 hours of community service
Hours That Are Not Acceptable
- Family related activities.
- Hours that are compensated either financially or with some other material benefit.
- Court mandated community service.
- Service for the sole benefit of a religious house of worship and/or its congregation.
- Co-curricular activities that are course requirements.
- An activity where there is no leader or responsible adult on site to evaluate and confirm student performance.
- Donations (ex. blood, Locks of Love)
- Hours submitted after graduation.
- Fostering of animals
- Hours performed overnight at camps or designated events (exception of Relay for Life).
Other General Guidelines
- To discover, submit and manage community service hours, students must log into Profferfish. Register and learn how to use Profferfish.
- Students must perform the service during non-school hours.
- Fundraising may count as community service if all funds raised are donated to address a social issue in the community.
- All community service hour documentation MUST be submitted through Profferfish by the school’s graduation date.
- Any community service hours submitted after the graduation date, even if earned prior to graduation will not be accepted. No Exceptions.
- A parent/guardian cannot represent as a service agency.
- Community Service hours will be capped at eight hours per day.
- Frequently Asked Questions regarding Profferfish use can be found here.
My Florida Bright Futures Plan, Signatures, & Reflections
- Plan – It is super simple to create and edit at any time by selecting “My Florida Bright Futures Plan.”
- Signatures - Whether you’re onsite or virtual, you can easily obtain the signature of a representative of the organization and quickly have your parent or guardian sign off.
- Reflections - What impact did you have and what did you learn? Conveniently share your thoughts now or later – whenever is best for you.
No service should be performed until AFTER the agency and opportunity have been approved in Profferfish.