CONGRATULATIONS to 158 Leon County high school seniors who are finalists for The Best & Brightest Awards this year.  The judges have your applications and are preparing for the interviews scheduled for Saturday March 3rd


Middle schools students, applications for the 8th Grade Essay Contest are due to your Language Arts teacher by the school deadline, with all school-selected essays due to World Class Schools by Thursday, March 1st.


Click here to watch the 2017 Best & Brightest Awards Ceremony on YouTube




Since 2006, The Best & Brightest Awards have awarded more than $550,000 to more than 1,657 students in Leon County. 

Founded in 2006, the Best & Brightest Awards is designed to recognize and honor Leon County’s excelling high school seniors. Unlike most scholarship programs, awards are not based solely on GPA. The varying categories of the Best & Brightest Awards allow students who excel in a particular field to be rewarded for their hard work and dedication. There is also emphasis on community service and civic duty. Seven years ago, the Best & Brightest Awards added a new element, the 8th Grade Essay Contest. This contest is integral in catching the attention of younger students in Leon County and instilling the importance of community service before they begin their high school careers. The scholarship program is a partnership between local Leon County area public and private schools and World Class Schools of Leon County.

Celebrating Student Service & Academic Excellence.


Contact Laura Rogers at 850-521-3113 or at lrogers@talchamber.com.