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Benacquisto Scholarship Program


(Formerly referred to as the Florida Incentive Scholarship Program)

The Benacquisto Scholarship Program is a state sponsored merit scholarship for Florida high school graduates who achieved the National Merit® or National Achievement® Scholar designation. UCF is a participant in the Benacquisto Scholarship program.

Eligibility Requirements

Student must:

  • Be a Florida resident.
  • Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalency, complete a home education program, or earn a non-Florida diploma while living outside of Florida with a parent on public service assignment.
  • Enroll full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours per term) in a baccalaureate degree program.
  • Initially enroll during the fall academic term following high school graduation.
  • Be a National Merit Finalist (starting 2014)

For the 2014-2015 award, Recipients must have received:

  • A National Merit® $2,500 Scholarship
  • A National Achievement® $2,500 Scholarship
  • A Corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship®
  • A College-sponsored National Merit Scholarship® or
  • An Institutional scholarship of $500 annually, awarded specifically to a 2014 National Merit® Finalist
  • An Institutional scholarship of at least $500 annually, or the equivalent each term, awarded specifically to a 2014 National Merit® Finalist who has not received one of the other scholarships.

For 2015-2016 award, recipients must have received:

  • A National Merit® $2,500 Scholarship
  • A National Achievement® $2,500 Scholarship
  • A Corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship®
  • A College-sponsored National Merit Scholarship® or
  • An Institutional scholarship of $500 annually, awarded specifically to a 2014 National Merit® Finalist

For 2016-2017 award, recipients must have received:

  • A National Merit® $2,500 Scholarship
  • A Corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship®, or
  • A College-sponsored National Merit Scholarship®

Note: “Special” Corporate Scholarships do not qualify a student for the Benacquisto Scholarship.

Terms of the Scholarship

This program will provide funds for 100 percent of the number of credit hours required to complete a baccalaureate degree program, or until completion of a baccalaureate degree program, whichever comes first.

A student is eligible to receive an award for a maximum of 10 semesters or 15 quarters.
A student must maintain enrollment at the institution where the student was initially funded in order to maintain scholarship eligibility.

Award Amounts

Eligible students will receive an annual award equal to the institutional cost of attendance (COA), minus the sum of the Bright Futures (BF) award and National Merit®/Achievement Award® (NM).

[Benacquisto Scholarship Program = COA – (BF+NM)]

The award may not be used to pay for remedial coursework or developmental education. The award is not available to fund summer coursework.

Renewal Requirements

Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester for the academic year (end of Spring Term).

For an automatic renewal, an award recipient will have:

  • Earned credit for all hours enrolled by the regular drop/add period each term.
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

In order for the credit hours to be counted as “earned hours”, the student must earn successful grades such as A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C- and D+, D, D-. Grades NC and F will not result in earned credit hours. Withdrawn courses will not result in earned credit hours.

A student who does not meet the required hours or GPA shall be ineligible to continue in the program.

Scholarship Appeal Process

If a student did not meet the Benacquisto Scholarship Program renewal requirements due to a verifiable illness or other emergency, the student may file a Scholarship Appeal Form with our office. The medical or emergency circumstances that affected the semester/s in question must be documented. You should provide as much documentation as possible regarding the illness or emergency to our office.

Please go to Forms to access the Scholarship Appeal Form and instructions for submitting the appeal to our office.

Additional information on FIS can be found on the State of Florida’s Office for Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org or by contacting the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 407-823-2827.