Florida Senate - 2014                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. PCS (264136) for SB 1148
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: RS            .                                
                  03/28/2014           .                                

    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 524 and 525
    4  insert:
    5         Section 9. Subsection (1) and paragraph (a) of subsection
    6  (2) of section 1009.55, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
    7         1009.55 Rosewood Family Scholarship Program.—
    8         (1) There is created a Rosewood Family Scholarship Program
    9  for the direct descendants of the Rosewood families, not to
   10  exceed 50 25 scholarships per year.
   11         (2) The Rosewood Family Scholarship Program shall be
   12  administered by the Department of Education. The State Board of
   13  Education shall adopt rules for administering this program which
   14  shall at a minimum provide for the following:
   15         (a) The annual award to a student shall be up to $6,100
   16  $4,000 but should not exceed an amount in excess of tuition and
   17  registration fees.
   18         Section 10. Section 1009.893, Florida Statutes, is created
   19  to read:
   20         1009.893 Florida National Merit Scholar Incentive Program.—
   21         (1) As used in this section, the term:
   22         (a) “Department” means the Department of Education.
   23         (b) “Incentive program” means the Florida National Merit
   24  Scholar Incentive Program.
   25         (2) The Florida National Merit Scholar Incentive Program is
   26  created to reward any Florida high school graduate who receives
   27  recognition as a National Merit Scholar or National Achievement
   28  Scholar and who initially enrolls in the 2014-2015 academic
   29  year, or later, in a degree program, certificate program, or
   30  applied technology program at an eligible Florida public or
   31  independent postsecondary educational institution.
   32         (3) The department shall administer the incentive program
   33  according to rules and procedures established by the State Board
   34  of Education. The department shall advertise the availability of
   35  the incentive program and notify students, teachers, parents,
   36  certified school counselors, and principals or other relevant
   37  school administrators of the criteria and application
   38  procedures.
   39         (4) In order to be eligible for an award under the
   40  incentive program, a student must:
   41         (a) Be a state resident as defined in s. 1009.40 and rules
   42  of the State Board of Education.
   43         (b)Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its
   44  equivalent pursuant to s. 1003.428, s. 1003.4281, s. 1003.4282,
   45  or s. 1003.435 unless:
   46         1.The student completes a home education program according
   47  to s. 1002.41; or
   48         2.The student earns a high school diploma from a non
   49  Florida school while living with a parent or guardian who is on
   50  military or public service assignment away from this state.
   51         (c)Be accepted by and enroll in a Florida public or
   52  independent postsecondary educational institution that meets the
   53  eligibility requirements specified in s. 1009.533.
   54         (d)Be enrolled for at least 6 semester credit hours or the
   55  equivalent in quarter hours or clock hours.
   56         (5)(a) An eligible student who is a National Merit Scholar
   57  or National Achievement Scholar and who attends a public
   58  postsecondary educational institution must receive an incentive
   59  award equal to the institutional cost of attendance minus the
   60  sum of the student’s Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and
   61  National Merit Scholarship or National Achievement Scholarship.
   62         (b) An eligible student who is a National Merit Scholar or
   63  National Achievement Scholar and who attends an independent
   64  postsecondary educational institution must receive an incentive
   65  award equal to the highest cost of attendance at a Florida
   66  public university, as reported by the Board of Governors of the
   67  State University System, minus the sum of the student’s Florida
   68  Bright Futures Scholarship and National Merit Scholarship or
   69  National Achievement Scholarship.
   70         (6)(a) To be eligible for a renewal award, a student must
   71  meet the renewal requirements for the Florida Bright Futures
   72  Scholarship Program set forth in s. 1009.532(1)(a) and for the
   73  Florida Academic Scholars award set forth in s. 1009.534(3).
   74         (b) A student may receive the incentive award for a maximum
   75  of 100 percent of the number of credit hours required to
   76  complete an associate degree program or a baccalaureate degree
   77  program or receive an award for a maximum of 100 percent of the
   78  credit hours or clock hours required to complete up to 90 credit
   79  hours of a program that terminates in a career certificate.
   80         (7) The department shall annually issue awards from the
   81  incentive program. Before the registration period each semester,
   82  the department shall transmit payment for each award to the
   83  president or director of the postsecondary educational
   84  institution, or his or her representative, except that the
   85  department may withhold payment if the receiving institution
   86  fails to report or to make refunds to the department as required
   87  in this section.
   88         (a) Each institution shall certify to the department the
   89  eligibility status of each student to receive a disbursement
   90  within 30 days before the end of its regular registration
   91  period, inclusive of a drop and add period. An institution is
   92  not required to reevaluate the student eligibility after the end
   93  of the drop and add period.
   94         (b) An institution that receives funds from the incentive
   95  program must certify to the department the amount of funds
   96  disbursed to each student and remit to the department any
   97  undisbursed advances within 60 days after the end of regular
   98  registration.
   99         (c) If funds appropriated are not adequate to provide the
  100  maximum allowable award to each eligible student, awards must be
  101  prorated using the same percentage reduction.
  102         (8) Funds from any award within the incentive program may
  103  not be used to pay for remedial coursework or developmental
  104  education.
  105         (9) A student may use an award for a summer term if funds
  106  are available and appropriated by the Legislature.
  107         (10) Funds appropriated by the Legislature for the
  108  incentive program awards may be deposited into the State Student
  109  Financial Assistance Trust Fund. Notwithstanding s. 216.301 and
  110  pursuant to s. 216.351, any balance in the trust fund at the end
  111  of any fiscal year which has been allocated to the incentive
  112  program must remain in the incentive program and shall be
  113  available for carrying out the purposes of this section. The
  114  department shall allocate funds to the appropriate institutions
  115  and collect and maintain data regarding the incentive program
  116  within the student financial assistance database as specified in
  117  s. 1009.94.
  118         (11) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules
  119  necessary to administer this section.
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  122  And the title is amended as follows:
  123         Delete line 72
  124  and insert:
  125         at state universities; amending s. 1009.55, F.S.;
  126         increasing the annual maximum number of scholarships
  127         that may be awarded in the Rosewood Family Scholarship
  128         Program; increasing the annual maximum award amount
  129         per student; creating s. 1009.893, F.S.; creating the
  130         Florida National Merit Scholar Incentive Program;
  131         defining terms; providing the purpose of the incentive
  132         program; requiring the Department of Education to
  133         administer the incentive program, advertise the
  134         availability of the incentive program, and notify
  135         students, teachers, parents, and school administrators
  136         about the incentive program’s criteria and application
  137         procedures; providing eligibility requirements for the
  138         incentive program; requiring certain students who are
  139         National Merit Scholars or National Achievement
  140         Scholars to receive certain incentive awards;
  141         providing eligibility requirements to renew an award;
  142         authorizing a student to receive an incentive award
  143         for certain maximum percentage amounts of the number
  144         of credit hours required to complete an associate
  145         degree, a baccalaureate degree, or a career
  146         certificate; requiring the department to issue awards
  147         from the incentive program and to transmit payment for
  148         each award; authorizing the department to withhold
  149         payment under certain circumstances; requiring
  150         institutions to certify to the department the
  151         eligibility status of each student to receive a
  152         disbursement of an award during a specified time;
  153         requiring the institution to certify to the department
  154         the disbursement amounts to each student and remit to
  155         the department undisbursed funds; providing for
  156         proration of funds; prohibiting use of funds for
  157         remedial coursework or developmental education;
  158         authorizing a student to use funds during the summer
  159         term under certain circumstances; authorizing
  160         incentive program funds appropriated by the
  161         Legislature to be deposited in the State Student
  162         Financial Assistance Trust Fund; providing for use of
  163         any remaining balance of appropriated funds in the
  164         trust fund; requiring the department to allocate funds
  165         to appropriate institutions and collect and maintain
  166         certain data regarding the incentive program;
  167         requiring the State Board of Education to adopt rules;
  168         providing for retroactive