Sunshine State Scholars

103 High School STEM Scholars:

A “Think Tank” on tough Florida challenges!

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 two-day 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. This year’s program will bring 103 high school STEM scholars together to conduct a “think tank” on tough Florida challenges.

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 Chancellor of K-12 Public Schools and the Chancellor of Innovation, 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 2019 Sunshine State Scholars program will be held June 13-14, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

Sunshine State Scholars Partners: AT&T, Lockheed Martin, Helios, Florida Lottery, Kyra Solutions, Seaworld parks and resorts, Blue Man Group, Universal Orlando Resort Youth Programs, FAMU, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida Polytechnic University, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, University of West Florida, Florida Department of Education State University System, Florida Education Foundation, School Choice

The Florida Lottery is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Sunshine State Scholars Program! Many of our 2019 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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