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SCHOLARSHIP DESCRIPTIONS

Merit & Need Based Scholarships

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
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 John 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 John 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.