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Scholarships

Preparing Our Community for the Future

Interested in sending a student to college with a scholarship fund?

Thanks to our generous donors contributing to more than 90 Scholarship Funds at the Foundation we are able to provide students in Southwest Florida the opportunity to apply for College Scholarships.  We awarded over $800,000 in financial support  to 150 individual College Scholarships in 2017 to both high school graduates and undergraduate college students, of which 20 are multi-year awards.

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.

PREPARING TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

  • OCTOBER 1, 2017, 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.
  • An up to 500 word personal essay talking about future goals, achievements, skills and any adversity you have overcame.
  • Un-official transcripts will be required indicating student’s Fall 2017 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.
  • Review Scholarship Season 2018 Scholarships here on January 12, 2018.
    Merit Based Scholarships
    Need Based Scholarships

APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

Applying online for Southwest Florida Community Foundation scholarships is easy! To access an online application, you will need to answer the Prequalifying Questions. Your answers to these questions will filter out the scholarship(s) you are eligible for. After you answer the Prequalifying Questions and select the scholarship(s) that you wish to send your application to, you will be prompted to create a password. Your email address will be your username. If you are a returning applicant, please login to begin your application. The Foundation does not have access to passwords, so it’s very important to save and/or remember your password. For further assistance, please click on our step-by-step scholarship application tutorial link below.

The Scholarships Application process opens on opens Monday, January 8th, 2018 and closes Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Begin applying through E-Apply Online Application Portal below

The DEADLINE to apply is March 4, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.

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.