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Florida lawmakers propose allowing jobs to count toward service hours for Bright Futures scholarship

Tuesday 30 November 2021

by Florida News Service Day Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in a 11:59 AM

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Two Republican lawmakers have introduced proposals that would allow high school students to meet part of Bright Futures’ scholarship requirements through paid work rather than voluntary service. Senator Travis Hutson, Republican of St. Augustine submitted his version of the motion (SB 1060) on Monday. Rep. Lauren Mello, Republican of Naples, introduced a similar bill (HB 461) this month in the House of Representatives.

The bills have been submitted for consideration during the 2022 legislative session, which will begin on January 11. Currently, students seeking Bright Futures scholarships must complete volunteer service, along with meeting academic requirements. The bills will allow for paid work to be used as an alternative to voluntary service.

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