Scholarship Descriptions

MERIT BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

Jordan Abdo Memorial Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from North Fort Myers High School
  • Must be a student athlete in at least 1 sport(cheerleading included) with a GPA of at least 3.0

Lewis B. Barber Memorial Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee counties
  • Must pursue certification to teach deaf/blind or attend seminary/pre-seminary school to study church, Christian music or Christian education.
  • Must maintain satisfactory grades
  • Must acknowledge and express Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce / Ralph A. Richardson Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must be a graduate or high school senior of Estero High School, or the child of a current Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Member
  • Must be planning to continue his or her education at a vocation/technical school, college or university
  • Must have attained a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher (grade point average on a 4.0 scale) for the previous three academic years and for the current year as of the date of the application
  • Must exhibit a commitment to community service

Dorothy Curtis Brown Early Childhood Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must enroll at an accredited college or university in Southwest Florida (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee County) to obtain a Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA), Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

John & Ruth Childe Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from public or private high school in Lee County and have a physical disability.
  • Must state and describe disability in personal essay

Couse-Gram Scholarship Fund

For a Moore Haven High School student pursuing post-secondary education.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a Moore Haven High School senior

Mary Ann Elder Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be from the five-county area of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee County.
  • Must be entering or continuing a Master Degree Program in social work at an accredited university or college.

Former Everglades City High School Graduate

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must pursue a 2-4 year degree in an accredited college or university and be accepted and plan to attend.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be a high school senior graduating from Everglades City.
  • Secondary preference will be given to children or grandchildren of a service members of the US Armed Forces (current or honorably discharged).
  • Applicant must include in essay as to; “How this will help me benefit the community”

Paul B. & Aline Flynn Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from a public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Hendry or Glades counties
  • Must pursue a degree in Communications or Journalism
  • Must have a 3.0 or higher GPA

Charles and Margaret Foster Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident of Lee County pursuing music at Florida State University OR
  • Must be a resident of Lee County pursuing Environmental Education / Environmental Studies at the University of Florida.

Doris W. Frey Memorial Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from a public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades or Lee counties
  • Must pursue a degree in Christian ministry/youth ministry, teaching, Christian counseling, nursing, or medicine.
  • Must be committed to a life of Christian service
  • Must demonstrate a commitment through action in ministering to others
  • Must have recognized ability & academic performance with standard measures of grades & appropriate test scores

Bruce T. Gora Photography Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a high school or undergraduate student who will graduate or graduated from a public or private school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee County.
  • Pursuing photography (digital or traditional), architecture or music (priority to a brass instrument player or trumpeter) at an accredited college, university, or technical school in Florida.
  • Must have an un-weighted GPA of at least a 2.5.

Francis Harris Gresham Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from a public or private high school in Lee County.

Immokalee Achievement Award Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a graduating High School Senior from Immokalee High School.
  • Must enroll at a community college or trade school in courses leading to a specialized trade or job skill.

Chip Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have completed 60 semester hours of college and plan to continue study toward a 4-year degree at Barry University, FGCU, Nova, Edison State College or Hodges University, or a regionally accredited college in the 5-county area.
  • Must have a GPA of 3.5 or above and an outstanding record of academic achievement.
  • Must live in the 5-county area served by the Community Foundation (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee).
  • Must demonstrate leadership, community service and service to school.

George E. Judd Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements         

  • Must graduate from a public or private high school in Lee County and pursue a degree in fine or performing arts.

Doc Keen Memorial Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from Clewiston or LaBelle high school
  • Must pursue post-secondary education
  • Must have been active member of 4-H or FFA for 2 consecutive years

Isabel Mayer Kirkpatrick Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from public or private high school in Lee County.
  • Must be well rounded in terms of education, community service, sports and leadership activities.
  • Must have a GPA between 2.7 – 3.3 unweighted.

Lee County Library Sciences Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have completed at least 60 Semester Hours and have at least a “B” average or 3.0 GPA unweighted or higher.
  • Must provide 120 hours of service, paid or unpaid, to Lee County Library System while pursuing degree or immediately following degree completion.

Patricia Means Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA, but must not exceed a 3.0 GPA (student must have an average of a “C” or “B” to apply)
  • Must enroll full time in a technical school, community college, 4 year college or university.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Selected applicants will be called for an interview.

Ruth Messmer Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from public or private high school in Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry or Collier counties.
  • Must be a woman pursuing a business career in college.
  • Must be well-rounded in terms of education, community service, and leadership activities.

Judge William J. Nelson Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from a high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee Counties.
  • Must have overcome adversity in some way and describe in the essay.
  • Must attend the University of Florida.

Chet and Janett Perry Rotary Club of Fort Myers Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be graduating from a public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades or Lee counties
  • Must pursue a degree in accounting.
  • Must enter college within a year following high school Graduation.

John and Ellen Sheppard Humane Student Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from a public or private high school in Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, or Glade counties.
  • Must have a minimum 3.2 GPA un-weighted.
  • Must acknowledge belief in a universal creator of life or higher power and be actively involved in school and student life with a willingness and a commitment to helping others.

Southwest Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee counties.
  • Must be a dependent of an active Sheriff’s Office law enforcement officer in one of the above counties.
  • Must list name of law enforcement officer on application and provide documentation of employment with the Sheriff’s Office.

Edna & Felix Swain Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a member of Mt. Olive AME Church in Ft Myers.
  • Priority given to applicants with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

John I. & Madeleine R. Taeni Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee Counties.
  • Must be highly motivated.
  • Must pursue teaching, nursing paramedic training, or emergency medical technician training.

Richard S. Thompson and Marion L. Thompson Memorial Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have a GPA of at least 3.5
  • Must graduate from a high school in Lee County
  • Selected applicants will be called for an interview.

G. Napier and Ellen T. Wilson Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from a public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee counties.
  • Must have served a minimum of 100 volunteer hours at a Veteran’s Administration hospital or clinic, or a similar organization providing services to military veterans.
  • Must provide a letter of recommendation from the veteran’s clinic or organization where the student volunteers.

NEED BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

American Association of University Women(AAUW) Sue Gottcent Memorial Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident of Lee County
  • Must be a women age 25 years of age or over
  • Must be enrolled or will be enrolled in State of Florida College/University system
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Preference given to current awardee for subsequent years up to 4 years max

AMI Kids SWFL Foundation – Gulf Harbour Yacht Club Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must successfully complete the AMI Kids SWFL Program.
  • Must plan to attend a technical school, trade school, college or university.

Judge Isaac Anderson, Jr. Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from public or private high school in Lee County
  • Must be a minority student
  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must demonstrate strong community ties, preferably to the local Dunbar community, through extracurricular activities, religious endeavors or community service
  • Must plan to attend a two- or four-year regionally accredited\college or university
  • Must document financial need

Selected applicants will be called for an interview in April.

Jane H. Berktold Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from public high school in Lee County
  • Must document financial need
  • Must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher

James Bilder Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from public high school in Lee County
  • Must document financial need
  • Preference given to applicants planning to attend vocational/technical schools.

Howard P. & Magdalen K. Breitenbach Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from a public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee counties
  • Must be either a former service member of the United States Navy, or a child or grandchild of Navy service member.
  • Must provide proof of service in the United States Navy
  • Must document financial need

Carl E. Brooks Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee counties
  • Must document financial need
  • Must provide proof of parent’s immigrant status (copy of immigration card or birth certificate) & be a child of an immigrant parent.

Selected applicants will be called for an interview in April.

Drs. Ira and Udaya Dash Nursing Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must reside in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee County
  • Must plan to attend or be attending FSW or Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Must be enrolled in Nursing Program
  • Must document financial need

Dunbar Heritage Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a graduating member of Dunbar High School
  • Must be of African-American descent
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must enter college within the year following high school Graduation
  • Must document financial need

Anne M. Fassett Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee counties; or be currently enrolled or planning to attend a Florida state college, community college, or technical school
  • Must have a physical disability and use a wheelchair
  • Must document financial need

William L. Graddy Law School Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have completed first year of law school
  • Must have a GPA of 2.8 or above
  • Must have been a resident of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee county for at least 3 years
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Matt Harmon Memorial Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from a public school in Lee County
  • Must be male and have played baseball in high school
  • Must document financial need

Robert A. Kleckner Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from a high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee counties
  • Must pursue a degree in finance or accounting
  • Must document financial need

Love of Bonita Empowerment Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident of Bonita Springs & have been out of high school for at least 2 years.
  • Must document financial need

Lloyd & Shirley Matthai Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident of Lee County.
  • Must be a single mother.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Must pursue education in the medical or dental field.

Lloyd & Shirley Matthai Scholarship for HIGH SCHOOLERS

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be attending a private non-boarding high school in Lee County.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.

Gerard C. Mehr Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Essay must express desire to acquire new skills and goals to help others.
  • Must live in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee Counties.
  • Must be a high school graduate or hold a GED or an adult learner seeking education.
  • Must document financial need.

Norman Marcus Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • The scholarship fund will award one scholarship to a student for 4 years or for such time as will allow the student to complete a college or graduate degree.
  • The student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 to receive the scholarship each succeeding year.
  • Preference given to a high school graduate from Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee Counties.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.

Julie Willard Mikell Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from a public or private high school in Lee County.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must demonstrate strong ties to the community through extracurricular activities, religious endeavors or community service
  • Must document financial need

Robert B. and Dorothy Pence Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from a public or private high school in Lee County.
  • Must be an industrious student with good moral character
  • Must document financial need

Faye Lynn Roberts Education Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be 21 years of age or older pursuing a career in technical studies, court reporting, computer training or nursing.
  • Must be a resident of Lee County
  • Must demonstrate financial need

David G. Robinson Arts Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from a high school in Lee County & plan to study the arts.
  • Must be an industrious student with good moral character
  • Must document financial need
  • Must show leadership and community service

Sanibel Community Church Scholarship Fund: Next Generation Fund Trust

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a child or grandchild of a member of Sanibel Community Church
  • Must show academic excellence and other abilities
  • Must be a high school graduate; private, public or home schooled certified
  • Must have a commitment to the Christian faith and lifestyle
  • Must have a willingness to serve others in a church and community
  • Must document financial need

Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation Scholarship

Applicants must be (i) an employee of Shadow Wood Country Club or Shadow Wood Community Association who has completed one (1) year of service, or (ii) the child, age 26 years or younger, of such employee.

This scholarship may be renewed for one additional year if the recipient provides documentation of at least a 2.5 GPA and submits a letter to the scholarship committee requesting renewal of the Shadow Wood Scholarship. Full re-application is required if the current recipient has completed the credential or degree in the original course of study OR changes course of study from original application.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Must submit two letters of recommendation (non-family)
  • Must include in the essay his/her rationale for requesting financial assistance and the desired outcome from continuing his/her education.
  • Must pursue a post-secondary credential or degree at a not-for-profit college, university or community college, or accredited technical or vocational school.

Robert C. & Margaret A. Schikora Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from public or private high school in Lee County with documented “B” average
  • Must be well rounded in terms of education, community service, sports and leadership
  • Must document financial need

John M. & Mary A. Shanley Memorial Scholarship

For a 4-year scholarship to students studying medicine, law, dentistry, teaching (math & science), ministry, engineering, accounting, agriculture, architecture, or computer science.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate from a high school in Charlotte, Hendry, or Lee Counties
  • Must plan to pursue medicine, law, dentistry, teaching (math or science), ministry, engineering, accounting, Agriculture, architecture or computer science.
  • Must document financial need
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher

Selected applicants will be called for an interview.

Ellen Sheppard Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must pursue a degree in Art (specifically visual arts-painting, photography or sculpture) or Nursing
  • Must graduate from a high school in Lee County
  • Preference will be given to students who are in their first year of college; however, students at all class levels will be considered
  • Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Must document financial need

Allen B. and Elizabeth W. Shevach Scholarship Fund for University of Florida College of Medicine

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a high school graduate of a Lee County High School.
  • Must be enrolled at the University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Must document financial need.

Allen B. and Elizabeth W. Shevach Scholarship Fund for Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a high school graduate of a Lee County High School.
  • Must be enrolled or plan to enroll at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Must document financial need.

Allen B. and Elizabeth W. Shevach Scholarship Fund for Lee County High School Graduates

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a high school graduate of a Lee County High School.
  • Must document financial need.

The William (Billy) R. Shevach Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must have lettered in at least one interscholastic high school sport.
  • Must document financial need.

Anne Sturrock Nursing Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a member or a child of a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church
  • Must pursue a career in nursing
  • Must document financial need

Spring Run Charitable Foundation Scholarship

For Spring Run Country Club employees and their dependents age 26 years or younger in pursuit of further education.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  • Must have at least a 2.5 un-weighted GPA.
  • Must be an employee of Spring Run Country Club who has completed one (1) year of service OR the dependent, age 26 years or younger, of such an employee.
  • Must submit two (2) letters of recommendation (non-family)
  • Must include in the essay his/her rationale for requesting financial assistance and the desired outcome from continuing his/her education.

Jordan Ashley Gutheim Scholarship

For an Evangelical Christian School High School graduate in Fort Myers, Florida.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a graduating high school senior from Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers.
  • Must be a resident of Lee County.
  • Must plan to attend FSU.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.