High school seniors, your applications are almost due! Please turn them in to your school’s Best & Brightest Coordinator by your school deadline. All high school applications are due to World Class Schools by Thursday, February 2nd. 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 Wednesday, April 5th.

 Click here to watch last year’s ceremony on YouTube!


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.