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SWFLCF awards nearly half million dollars in scholarships

SWFLCF awards nearly half million dollars in scholarships

FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 4, 2013) – The Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently granted 73 scholarships to local high school students and undergraduate and graduate students from Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Collier counties.

During the 2013 scholarship season, nearly 700 applications were received from high school and college students in the five-county area the foundation serves.

According to Anne Douglas, director of programs for the foundation, a total of $266,800 was awarded in competitive scholarships and another $177,000 awarded in designated and outside committee scholarships, for a grand total of $443,800.

Community Foundation scholarships were awarded to high school seniors who will continue their education at the university, community college or vocational/technical school level, as well as to undergraduate and graduate students continuing a post-secondary education.

“Thanks to the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, I am able to attend one of Florida’s top universities and focus on my education without having to worry about monetary needs,” said Layne Marshall, first-time scholarship recipient and recent graduate of Fort Myers High School. “The scholarship has encouraged me to believe in my future just as the donors of the Richard and Marion Thompson Memorial Scholarship have, and I hope to return my appreciation by utilizing my anticipated degree in our local community.”

Marshall will be attending the University of Florida this summer to study environmental science.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is celebrating its 36th year of supporting the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties by connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $69 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $55 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. During its 2012 fiscal year, the SWFLCF granted more than $3 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts and human services.

Last Name

First Name

School Attended

Abarca Ana Florida Gulf Coast University
Aidoo Inaee Ida Baker High School
Allen Sandralee Nova Southeastern University
Baer Tasha Gulf Coast High School
Baizack Janilya South Fort Myers High School
Berry Owen Lemon Bay High School
Brink Amanda University of Florida
Brink Amanda University of Florida
Brockington Marliss Florida Gulf Coast University
Burnside Chayana Dunbar High School
Cacicio Rose Florida Gulf Coast University
Clarke Christopher Flagler College
Cohen Nicole Cape Coral High School
Coleman Joseph Barry University
Colucci Leah Fort Myers High School
Corbitt Katlin Lemon Bay High School
Current Kristin Florida State University
Diaz Jenna Florida Gulf Coast University
Digby Daniel Ida S. Baker High School
Donovan Kay Evangelical Christian School
Dressel Samantha North Fort Myers High School
Duguay Kristen South Fort Myers High School
Estrada Silvana Hodges University
Fields Latish University of Florida
Finan Kira Cape Coral High School
Finan Olivia Cape Coral High School
Finan Olivia Cape Coral High School
Fischer Johnathan University of Florida
Franklin Rafael Florida Memorial University
Galo Stephanie South Fort Myers High School
Gemmer Joy Naples High School
Givens James Payne Theological Seminary
Golom Lauren Fort Myers High School
Gonzalez Martha Mariner High School
Gonzalez Martha Mariner High School
Hernandez Alexander LaBelle High School
Hinkson Gian Estero High School
Hughes-Stewart Tatiana Edison State College
Jacob Shantyria Dunbar High School
Larkin Courtney Estero High School
Locker Seth Riverdale High School
Locker Seth Riverdale High School
Marshall Layne Fort Myers High School
Mayer Kasey Fort Myers High School
McCauley Crystal Lely High School
Medrano Jorge Clewiston High School
Mendez-Lynch Dylan Wheaton College
Mendoza Alex North Fort Myers High School
Mendoza Alex North Fort Myers High School
Metcalf William Florida Gulf Coast University
Morales Cecelia Estero High School
Morales Cecelia Estero High School
Pellegrino Henry Florida Gulf Coast University
Ray Meghan Gulf Coast High School
Rice Alison Cypress Lake High School
Rice Alison Cypress Lake High School
Ridore Christelle Nova Southeastern University
Rodriguez Cynthia Immokalee High School
Saade Michelle Naples High School
Sell Alexander South Fort Myers High School
Sprehn Kathryn Bishop Verot Catholic High School
Steakley Michaela Cape Coral High School
Strang Lauren Bishop Verot Catholic High School
Sutherland Daniella Dunbar High School
Teal-Richardson Evette Edison State College
Thorp Emily Fort Myers High School
Toyloy-Stanton Juliana Dunbar High School
Vardanyan Michael Fort Myers High School
Vardanyan Michael Fort Myers High School
Vernet Ashley Immokalee High School
Vernet Ashley Immokalee High School
Williams Shiakera Dunbar High School
Wnukowski Nicholas Bishop Verot Catholic High School
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