Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Ghandi

Welcome to LIFE of Florida!

Our secular and inclusive Florida-wide Informal Education support group acts as a resource center and clearinghouse for homeschoolers, informal learners and alternative educators interested in enriching their learning environments and maximizing their learning opportunities, as well as an advocacy center for Curiosity Driven Learning.

There is no cost to be part of LIFE of Florida -- just join in at our email discussion and announcement list, Florida LIFE, where you can download your membership card -- good for educational discounts throughout FL -- and stay informed and updated on events, issues and resources, and connect with other informal learners throughout the state.

If you're just getting started in homeschooling, be sure to check out our LIFE of Florida Quick Links, our list of Useful Docs, and our enormous collection of resources in the side columns, and visit our Inclusive Homeschool Support Groups page to find a group near you.

If you'd like your regional inclusive support group to be networked with LIFE of Florida, drop us a line with a group description, contact and other relevant information and we'll add you, free of charge, to our directory. All your group members will be automatically considered members of LIFE of Florida, and are entitled to membership cards and all the benefits we offer. Virtual school families are also welcome to enjoy our resources, support and camaraderie.

We're all inclusive and free of charge, and we're here for you!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Florida Financial Aid Deadlines Approach

Several deadlines are fast approaching for scholarship applications. See below for more details:

April 15, 2010 – Application deadline for the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program.

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship was established by the United States Congress to reward outstanding high school seniors who show promise of continued academic achievement. The maximum award amount is $1,500 per year for this program offered through the U.S. Department of Education.

May 15, 2010 – Processing deadline to file the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid for the Rosewood Family Scholarship and the José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant.

Visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/  to access the application.

The Rosewood Family Scholarship provides financial assistance for a maximum of twenty-five eligible students who attend a state university, public community college, or public postsecondary vocational-technical school. Eligible students must be direct descendants of Rosewood families affected by the incidents of January 1923.

The José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund is a need-based merit scholarship that provides financial assistance to eligible students of Hispanic origin who will attend Florida public or eligible private institutions. Applicants for undergraduate study must apply during their senior year of high school.

May 30, 2010 – Deadline for Bright Futures reinstatement/restoration applications.

Eligible students who did not receive Bright Futures scholarship funds during the last academic year can apply for a one-time restoration or reinstatement of their scholarship. The circumstances of each individual will dictate the action to be taken. If you have questions about whether you qualify for a restoration or reinstatement, visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ , call (888) 827-2004 or send an e-mail to osfa@fldoe.org.

Information about Florida’s financial aid programs can be found at http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/

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