Life-Gets-Better Scholarship


The Life-Gets-Better Scholarship Program is a merit scholarship for U. S. high school graduates and thereafter who receive recognition as a National Merit® Scholar or Finalist.  Eligible scholars will receive an award to cover the cost of tuition, minus the sum of Florida Bright Futures, the National Merit® award or other scholarships and awards.  

 A student is eligible to receive an award for a maximum of eight (8) semesters.  A student must maintain enrollment in the degree program under which this award was made.  A student may not change majors.  A student must enroll in fifteen (15) credit hours per semester.  Awards are not made during the summer term.

 A student seeking initial funding will:

• Earn a standard US high school diploma or its equivalency (unless the student completes a home education program or earns a high school diploma from a non-US high school while living with a parent who is on military or public service assignment away from the US).
• Be a 2016 National Merit® Finalist or Scholar.
• Have 1440 on the redesigned SAT or a 32 on the ACT.  Must earn a 700* on the SAT math section or 32* on the ACT Math subject area.
• Have a 3.75 FAMU recalculated GPA.
• Have been admitted into Engineering, Physical, Life, Natural and Computer Sciences programs.
• Earned a minimum score of 76 on the ALEKS Math exam.
• Have received: (a) a National Merit® $2500 Scholarship, (b) a Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship, or (c) a College-sponsored Merit Scholarship. NOTE: “Special” Corporate Scholarships do not qualify a student for the Benacquisto Scholarship.
• Be a U.S. resident

*Applicable for Engineering, Physical, Life, Natural and Computer Sciences programs

 Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of  each semester.  For automatic renewal, an award recipient must comply with the policies of the University Scholarship program and the bullets below:


•Enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester.
•You cannot drop or withdraw from a course(s) after the official university drop and add period has ended (see University Registrar's calendar).
Earn a "C" or better in all courses each semester.  If you do not earn "C" or better in each course, the scholarship will be terminate.

• Earn a  cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better at the end of each semester.

• Maintain the academic program at time of admission (you cannot change your major or degree program).
•Must enroll in degree program required courses each semester (must follow academic map).
Validated (submission of verification documents) and completed FAFSA on file in the FAMU Office of Financial prior to January 1.
•Earn 22 hour of community service at the end of each semester (must be documented in iSTRIKE via the Office of Student Activities)
•Recipients must participate in scholarship activities (President's Convocation, Scholar's Speaker Series, etc).
Freshmen are required to visit the office bi-weekly and to participate in study and tutorial sessions.
•Sophomores, juniors and seniors are required to visit the office bi-weekly and to participate in study and tutorial sessions.
•Failure to comply with the above bullets or other policies (see handbook) of the University Scholarship Program will result in the loss (termination) of your scholarship.
•Loss of schoarship (termination) will not be reinstated at a later date.

Freshman year only (cumulative grade point average reviewed at the end of spring semester).

Scholarship awards are limited.  Awards will be made based upon the competitiveness of the current pool of candidates and until  funds are exhausted.


Contact Info

209 C.C. Cunningham Center
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: 850-412-5483