2016 Scholarship applications will be available
January 15, 2016 – 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 Winners

Things to Consider Before Applying

We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the online application before you begin, and please review the Applicant Tutorial 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.

Applicant Tutorial – PDF Download.

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:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    You can begin the FAFSA and complete it when your 2014 TAX Statement is available.   It’s important to remind your parents to complete their taxes early, so the FAFSA be completed before the deadline.
  • A written essay up to 2 typed pages will be required.
  • Request Letters of Recommendations on official letterhead.
  • Obtain High School and/or College Transcripts.
  • SAT and/or ACT Scores may be required.
  • Review the FAQs and Scholarship Descriptions before applying.
    FAQs & Scholarship Descriptions

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 Friday, December 19, 2014 and closes on Monday, March 2, 2015. 

  • 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 2, 2015 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:


There are many websites available to assist you on your college endeavor, here are a few to begin. The Foundation also has created a phone app called GRAD APP to guide students and provide information on college obtainment.

Foundation Documents & Resources for completing Scholarship Application

Melanie Holaway

Melanie Holaway

Scholarship Coordinator