2016 Scholarship Applications due before March 4, 2016


Thanks to our generous donors contributing to over 70 Scholarship Funds at the Foundation we are able to provide students in Southwest Florida the opportunity to apply for College Scholarships.  We awarded 98 individual College Scholarships in 2015 to both high school graduates and undergraduate college students resulting in over $500,000 in financial support to individuals.

Scholarships are available for high school seniors wanting to continue their education at the vocational/technical school level, university or community college, as well as for undergraduate and graduate students continuing their post-secondary education.

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Things to Consider Before Applying

We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the online application before you begin, and please review the Applicant Video for more information about the online process. You may find it helpful to prepare some of the longer answers in a word processing document and then cut and paste that text into the application, especially since you must submit a separate application for each scholarship for which you would like to be considered, and most of the required information for each application is the same.

You will be asked to attach documents. If these documents exist in electronic format, you can attach them using the “Browse” button inside the application. If they are not in electronic format, you can use the “Fax to File” feature on the upper left side of the application page.

Other things to consider before beginning an application:

Applying For A Scholarship

Applying online for a Southwest Florida Community Foundation scholarship is easy. To access an online application, you will be required to “create a new account” if you are a first time user of our E-Apply tool. Once you have established an account, the system will remember your contact information and will automatically tie it to any other online scholarship applications submitted through our online system.  The Foundation does not have access to passwords, so it’s very important to save and/or remember your password.

The Scholarships Application process opens on opens Friday, January 15th, 2016 and closes Friday, March 4, 2016 at 5pm

  • Step 1: Click on the link to the E-Apply Online Application Portal below.


  • Step 2: Create a New Account (first time only).


  • Step 3: Once you have created a user ID and Password, log on to the Online Application Portal.


  • Step 4: Select the scholarship(s) you want to apply for and begin the application.

The DEADLINE to apply is March 4, 2016 by 5pm.



Scholarship recipients are selected based upon the specific criteria made by each fund’s donor. Each scholarship application is reviewed for completion of all required elements.

Every application is reviewed by a member of the Community Foundation’s volunteer Scholarship Reading Committee. Some scholarships also require a personal interview (applicants applying for those scholarships will be notified and an appointment will be scheduled).

After all applications are reviewed and interviews completed, the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees will review all recommendations and approve the scholarship awards.



Recipients of each scholarship will be notified by the Community Foundation by the end of May. If a student has not been notified, it means he/she was not awarded a scholarship this year.



Payments are mailed directly to the school’s financial aid office before the beginning of each school year. Checks are made payable to the school and not to the individual recipient. To collect your scholarship award, please email your student ID number, class schedule, and the address of the school to the Community Foundation Scholarship Coordinator at:  [email protected].

Student & Parent Resources

There are many website resources to guide you on your journey to access and obtain a post-secondary education degree or certification. We have provided a list of some post-secondary resources to get you started.