What is the Gold Seal Scholarship?

The Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship program recognizes and rewards excellence for academic achievement and vocational preparation. The program includes an annual award of up to $2,000 per year, a gold seal affixed to the graduate's diploma, a medallion to be worn during commencement exercises and a frameable certificate. This renewable scholarship may be used at a Florida public university, community college, area vocational center or accredited private post-secondary vocational, technical, trade or business school.

A scolarship may be awarded to an initial applicant who:

  • Meets high school graduation requirements with a 3.0 unweighted grade point average;
  • Completes a minimum of three vocational credits in a "sequential program of study" with a 3.5 unweighted grade point average in those courses;
  • Demonstrates mastery of basic skills in reading, writing, and computation;
  • Demonstrates mastery of employment skills; and
  • Submits an application during the last year of high school and annually thereafter.

    One of the best things about the Florida Gold Seal Scholarship is that there is no set limit on how many students can recieve this grant. As many as qualify can use these funds to continue their education in whatever capacity they wish, university, community college or trade school.

    There are several programs at Gilchrist County Schools that qualify for the Gold Seal program:

  • Tech Prep- this program operates in conjunction With Lake City Community College (LCCC) and is designed to provide graduates with a strong academic and technical education leading to an Associate of Arts, or Associate of Science Degree at LCCC. Some courses of study are Health, Computers, and Agricultural Fields.
  • Business Technology-offers a variety of courses for students interested in pusuing employment and post-secondary education in the world of Business.
  • Communications Technology-includes such topics as Video Production, Audio Production, Graphic Arts, and Communication via Computer.
  • Drafting Technology-is designed to prepare the student for job entry as a drafting assistant and continue their post-secondary education.
  • Health Related Professions-allows students to focus on one of two areas, Nursing Assistant Program, or First Responder Program.
  • Agritechnology- prepares students for active employment and post-secondary training in the fields of Agri-science and Agri-business.
  • Automotive Technology- prepares students for employment as automotive mechanics, technicians, or assistants. The program teaches computer diagnostics, repair, electronics, brakes, air conditioning, and suspension.

    Non-Gold Seal Programs of Study

    Although the following programs are not certified as Gold Seal scholarship programs, they are still available to Gilchrist County students:

  • Boat and Yacht Repair- is offered as a joint venture between Gilchrist County Schools, and Hunter Marine of Alachua, FL. During the first phase of training, students prepare for employment as boat patchers/repairers through classes offered at Bell High. During the second phase, they become employees of Hunter through participation in on-the-job training. Apoun graduation, the students are guaranteed employment with Hunter.

  • Family and Consumer Sciences- offers a variety of courses that allow the student to learn life management skills such as child care, food preparation, and how to make and repair clothing.

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