High School Students engaging in community service projects earn opportunities for high school credit, Bright Futures Scholarships, and Graduation Recognitions. Students in Polk County provide over 100,000 hours of service to Polk County communities every year through the Community Service Program. Community Service Coordinators at each high school coordinate the application process and approve the hours and locations where students serve.
Start by contacting your school counselor to register with the program. Hours served before registration may not be counted.
Please add the following information below the Applications and Documentation section:
Bright Futures Scholarship- Service Hours Requirement
The Florida Legislature recently modified the service hour requirement for initial Bright Futures eligibility. As in prior years, students must complete a program of volunteer service work as approved by the district school board or administrators of a nonpublic school in accordance with current statute. In relation to the Florida Academic Scholars award (s. 1009.534, F.S.), the underlined section is what was recently added:
“The student must complete a program of volunteer service work, as approved by the district school board, the administrators of a nonpublic school, or the Department of Education for home education program students, which must include a minimum of 75 hours of service work for high school students graduating in the 2010-2011 academic year and 100 hours of service work for high school students graduating in the 2011-2012 academic year and thereafter. The student must identify a social or civic issue or a professional area that interests him or her, develop a plan for his or her personal involvement in addressing the issue or learning about the area, and, through papers or other presentations, evaluate and reflect upon his or her experience. Except for credit earned through service-learning courses adopted pursuant to s. 1003.497, the student may not receive remuneration or academic credit for the volunteer service work performed. Such work may include, but is not limited to, a business or governmental internship, work for a nonprofit community service organization, or activities on behalf of a candidate for public office. The hours of volunteer service must be documented in writing, and the document must be signed by the student, the student’s parent or guardian, and a representative of the organization for which the student performed the volunteer service work.” -Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), www.fldoe.org
Check out the United Way Quick Guide for ideas of where to serve your community!
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 80,000 middle and high school students across the country for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities.