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University of South Florida freshmen, from left, Kareem Elgendi, 19; Shahir Kamil, 18; and Hozaifa Tabbaa, 20, study for a physics exam at the USF library in Tampa. Elgendi, a Blake High graduate, needed a Bright Futures scholarship to attend college. Finally getting his qualifying SAT score “was the best feeling ever,” he says.OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Questions about equity persist as a proposed boost in Bright Futures aims to help top grads

TAMPA — Sometimes, as Kareem Elgendi stared down a tough SAT question, a tendril of anxiety wound its way into his head. If I don't get the score I need, will I be able to pay for college? He had lugged home SAT books his sophomore year at Blake High School, already practicing, hoping to win Florida's Bright Future …