2017 Scholarship Season Coming Soon

Thanks to our generous donors contributing to over 75 Scholarship Funds at the Foundation we are able to provide students in Southwest Florida the opportunity to apply for College Scholarships.  We awarded 118individual College Scholarships in 2016 to both high school graduates and undergraduate college students resulting in over $650,000 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.



  • OCTOBER 1, 2016, the Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) opens for all individuals wishing to pursue post-secondary education. The Student Aid Report (SAR) generated by FAFSA will be required for all need-based scholarship applications.
  • A 2-page essay will be required for all scholarship applications.
  • Un-official transcripts will be required indicating student’s Fall 2016 grades or most recent transcripts for undergraduate or graduate students.
  • SAT and/or ACT test scores will be required.
  • Reference letters from an authority figure such as teacher, pastor, mentor or someone who knows you well enough to pass judgement with credibility.
2016 Scholarship Recipients

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 Monday, January 16th, 2017 and closes Friday, March 3, 2017 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 3, 2017 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.

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.