CONGRATULATIONS to all the Finalists and Winners of the 2018 Best & Brightest Awards.   May 16th was an exciting evening in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.  Please visit the “2018 Finalists”  and “2018 Winners” tabs to see all the photos of our wonderful finalists from this year.  

The 8th Grade Essay Winner photos and their essays are posted in the

“2018 Essay Contest Winners” tab.


We’re looking forward to another great year of the Best & Brightest Awards.

For more information on the 2019 scholarships, please visit the Info page under the 12th Grade Scholarship tab.

And 8th Graders can learn more about the Essay Contest under the 8th Grade tab.



Since 2006, The Best & Brightest Awards have awarded more than $623,000 to more than 1,815 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. Eight 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.