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Sunshine State Scholars

Florida High School STEM Scholars:

Each of Florida’s school districts selects their top 11th grade students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). Each scholar, along with their parents, will travel to Orlando for an extraordinary program designed to bring together scholars from around the state, connect them with employers that specialize in the STEM fields, and create a networking opportunity between the scholars and schools from Florida’s College and State University System.

The two-day program honors each scholar for their significant academic accomplishments and celebrates the potential they represent for our communities and state. In addition to the honor the scholars receive from the Commissioner of Education, the Senior Chancellor and representatives from Florida’s colleges and universities meet with the students to discuss higher education opportunities available to them in Florida. This includes workshops for college applications and informational sessions on college funding for students and their parents! The 2022 Sunshine State Scholars program was held March 31 - April 2, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

The Florida Lottery is a proud sponsor of the Sunshine State Scholars Program! Many of our Sunshine State Scholars are Bright Futures recipients – a scholarship program primarily funded by the Florida Lottery! Since 1988 the Florida Lottery has contributed more than $35 billion to public education. To learn more about the Florida Lottery and their commitment to helping Florida’s students shine, click here! Thanks for #FundingFutures!


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