Community Service Hours


Community Service Hours

Click here for the new Aug30_Community Service Form.pdf (updated 8.30.22)

Please note: This is not the application for Bright Futures scholarships. Students must complete the initial student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) during their last year of high school. To find out how to qualify for a Bright Futures scholarship, go to

Florida Statutes 1009.534, 1009.535, 1009.536 The student may identify a social or civic issue or a professional area that interests him or her, and develop a plan for his or her personal involvement in addressing the issue or learning about the area. The student must through papers or other presentations, evaluate and reflect upon his or her volunteer service or paid work experience. Such volunteer service or paid 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 or paid work 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 or paid work.

In alignment with the guidelines above, Orange County Public Schools is providing clarifying examples in this document of types of service that are and are not permitted. Each district reserves the right to determine what types of activities are acceptable (Bright Futures Handbook, Ch.1, pg.4) which may differ from surrounding districts. If the activity is determined ineligible for Bright Futures, the student may still add the service to their resume and note it for college admissions, scholarships, or professional skill building. Bright Futures requires that hours must be submitted to the student’s school counselor/designee no later than the student’s high school graduation date. It is recommended the student submit their hours each year of high school or as they are completed. This table does not include all possible activities. The school designee has the final determination of activity approval or denial if the service activity cannot be agreed upon.

Steps for Students to Complete Prior to Volunteering
•Determine an area/topic in the community where you would like to make an impact.
•Research the types of volunteer activities available in your community.
•Contact the organization with whom you are interested in volunteering and determine 1) the steps to become a volunteer,
2) if they have volunteer openings for the dates/activities you are interested in,
3) who the contact will be to verify your hours and participation in the activity.
Note: Supervisors must be non-family member with organization who directly supervises the student during the activity outside of the home.
•If you have a question regarding whether the service activity is acceptable, reach out to your school counselor or school community service hours designee.

Steps for Students to Complete During Volunteering
•Keep track of hours, dates, and activities completed during service to verify with your community service supervisor.

Steps for Students to Complete After Volunteering/Paid Work

•For paid work, students will need to submit a copy of their pay stub to their counselor or designee.
•Make a copy of all completed forms for your records.
•Students provides reflection log (attached) to the school counselor or designee with all required signatures included.