CONGRATULATIONS to all 153 Leon County high school seniors  finalists and the  53 Eighth Grade Essay finalists.  

The top 45 winners were announced  at the Awards Ceremony held on May 11, 2016 at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall on the campus of Florida State University with keynote speaker FSU President John Thrasher.

 Watch the Ceremony on YouTube!

For a full list of the top winners, please visit the 12th Grade Scholarship page and the 8th Grade Essay Contest page.


Since 2006, The Best & Brightest Awards have awarded more than $500,000 to more than 1,497 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 civil duty. Four 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.