Elizabeth Benacquisto Scholarship



Elizabeth Benacquisto Merit Incentive Scholarship

The Benacquisto Scholarship Program is a merit scholarship for high school graduates who receive recognition as a National Merit® Scholar. Eligible scholars will receive an award equal to the institutional cost of attendance for an in-state student minus the sum of Bright Futures and the National Merit® award. An initial application is not required. 

The COA is the total amount of cost to attend Florida A&M University full-time each term, and may include but is not limited to: tuition and fees, on-campus room and board (university meal plan), books, supplies, travel and miscellaneous expenses.

A student who is a Florida resident seeking initial funding must:

  • Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalency (unless the student completes a home education program or earns a high school diploma from a non-Florida high school while living with a parent who is on military or public service assignment away from Florida).
  • Be a 2022 National Merit® Scholar.
  • Enroll 2022-23 fall academic term following high school graduation.

NOTE: Non-Florida residents will no longer be accepted into the Benacquisto Scholarship Program for the 2022-23 academic year and beyond.

A 2021 National Merit® Finalist becomes a Scholar by receiving:

(a) a National Merit® $2500 Scholarship,

(b) a Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship®, or

(c) a College-sponsored Merit Scholarship®.

NOTE: “Special” Corporate Scholarships and “Presidential” awards do not qualify a student for the Benacquisto Scholarship.


Revised September 2021