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Scholarship Fund Descriptions

scholarshipThe Southwest Florida Community Foundation is home to 61 scholarship funds that have been established by generous donors with a passion for education. The following descriptions of these funds are provided for both students and  future donors. Students can read these fund descriptions and determine if they might qualify for a scholarship before going on with our online scholarship application process. Future donors can use these fund descriptions as examples when considering how they might set up scholarship funds. To the future donor, we would like to say that your scholarship fund need not resemble the descriptions listed. Rather, the Community Foundation can help you to establish a scholarship fund that reflects your own, personal passion for helping students to pursue higher education. If you would like more information on setting up a scholarship fund with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, please Contact Us and we'd be happy to talk to you about the numerous possibilities.

Current Scholarship Fund Descriptions

[Listed alphabetically by scholarship name]

[Fund Name, Date Established, Fund Description]  

  • American Association of University Women Sue Gottcent Memorial Scholarship Fund (2006) For Lee County women who are enrolled in accredited programs of study at either 2- or 4-year accredited institutions.  Preference to women 25 and older.
  • Jordan Abdo Memorial Fund (2002) For a North Fort Myers High School student athlete with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.5.
  • Judge Isaac Anderson, Jr. Scholarship Fund (2008) For a Lee County high school senior who can demonstrate financial need with a GPA of 3.0+ and b ties to the community through extracurricular activities, religious endeavors, or community service.
  • Lewis B. Barber Memorial Scholarship Fund (1986) For students pursuing either of the following educational paths: 1) certification to teach the deaf and blind; 2) seminary or pre-seminary school to study church, Christian music, or Christian education.
  • Daniel J. & Jane H. Berktold Columbia College Scholarship Fund (2007) For a student who demonstrates financial need and is attending Columbia College.
  • Jane H. Berktold Scholarship (2008) For graduates of Lee County public high schools who are in need of financial assistance.
  • James Bilder Scholarship Fund (1992) For Lee County high school students to pursue higher education with preference given to students attending vocational/technical schools.
  • Jane Cavanna Bleakly Scholarship Fund (2003) For a Haddonfield New Jersey High School student to pursue higher educational studies.
  • John S. Bleakly Scholarship Fund (2003) For a Rutgers School of Law student.
  • Carl E. Brooks Scholarship Fund (1998) For college-bound students of one or more immigrant parents.
  • Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce/Ralph A. Richardson Fund (2001) For a Bonita Springs area student continuing his or her education at a Florida college or university.
  • John & Ruth Childe Scholarship Fund (2003) For a Lee County student with a physical disability to pursue higher education in a college, university, or technical school.
  • Couse-Gram Scholarship Fund (2006) For a Moore Haven High School student pursuing post-secondary education.
  • Certified Public Accountants'  Scholarship Fund (2008) For tuition, books, and/or fees for an undergraduate or graduate student from Southwest Florida majoring in accounting and planning to attend a post-secondary institution in the five-county area of Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, or Collier counties.
  • D & A Florida (2003) For a high school senior or undergraduate student with a GPA of 3.5+ with financial need, attending one of the following schools:  FGCU, UF-Gainesville, FSU-Tallahassee, Flagler College, Stetson University, University of Miami, University of Tampa, or Embry Riddle Aeronautical University/Daytona Beach.
  • Drs Ira and Udaya Dash Nursing Scholarship Fund (2007) For a student studying nursing at Edison State College or FGCU.
  • Dunbar Heritage (2000) For a Dunbar High School graduate of African-American descent to pursue a bachelor's degree at an accredited college.
  • Anne M. Fassett Scholarship Fund (2000) For post-high school educational opportunities at the college, community college, or technical school level for men and women with a physical disability who use a wheelchair.
  • Paul B. & Aline Flynn Scholarship Fund (2007) For students pursuing a degree from a 4-year accredited college in communications or journalism.
  • Charles & Margaret Foster Scholarship Fund (2006) For two high school seniors; one who will be attending the University of Florida and studying environmental studies or environmental education and one who will be attending Florida State University and studying music
  • Doris W. Frey Memorial Scholarship Fund (2003) For students studying Christian ministry/youth ministry, Christian counseling, nursing, or medicine.
  • Bruce T. Gora Photography Scholarship (2010) For a high school senior or a college student at an accredited Florida college, university, or applicable technical school who is a Fine Arts Major concentrating in photography.
  • William L. Graddy Law School Scholarship Fund (1998) For students who have completed the first year at an accredited law school.
  • Francis Harris Gresham Scholarship Fund (1998) Tuition for college bound seniors from Lee County high schools.
  • Matt Harmon Memorial Scholarship Fund (1997) Books and tuition for college-bound baseball players.
  • High Tech Center Central Scholarship Fund (2000) For students/clients of Cornerstone Ministries and Teen Challenge.
  • John Hotchkiss Scholarship Fund (2004) For Florida Prepaid scholarships to sixth grade students upon successful completion of a mentoring program and graduation from high school.
  • Chip Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund (1991) For students who have completed 60 hours of college and plan to attend Barry University, FGCU, Nova, Edison State College, or Hodges University.
  • George E. Judd Scholarship Fund (1989) Tuition for graduating Lee County seniors pursuing higher education in the fine or performing arts.
  • Keen Family Nursing Scholarship Fund (1996) For students at Edison State College who are motivated and academically qualified but are without the means to pursue an education in nursing.
  • Doc Keen Memorial Scholarship Fund (2006) For a high school student who was an active member of 4-H or FFA for two consecutive years and attended a Clewiston or LaBelle High School, pursuing higher education.
  • Isabel Mayer Kirkpatrick Scholarship Fund (1983) Tuition for Lee County high school graduates with a "B" average (3.0 - 3.7).
  • Robert Kleckner Scholarship Fund (2006) For a financially needy high school, undergraduate, or graduate student pursuing a career in finance or accounting.
  • Lee County Library Sciences Scholarship Fund (2005)  Beginning in the year 2015, this fund will provide scholarships for Lee County residents pursuing a Bachelor or Masters degree in Library Science.
  • Love of Bonita Empowerment Scholarship Fund (2002) Books, tuition, and/or course fees for Bonita Springs residents who have been out of school for at least two years to attend a college or technical school.
  • Carol Patti McLaughlin Scholarship Fund (2008) For a student pursuing a 4-year degree at an accredited college or university who has a GPA of 3.3 or higher, demonstrates community service, and is from Lee, Charlotte, Glades, or Hendry county.
  • Ruth Messmer Scholarship Fund (2000) For women pursuing a business career in college.
  • Julie Willard Mikell Fund (2010) For a financially needy Lee County high school senior to attend a 2- or 4-year regionally accredited college or university.
  • Judge William J. Nelson Scholarship Fund (2006) For a high school senior who will be attending the University of Florida.
  • James D. and Eleanor F. Newton Children's Fund (2004) For the winners of the Edison Science and Inventors' Fair.
  • Joanne Olmsted Scholarship Fund (2004) For Florida Prepaid scholarships to sixth grade students upon successful completion of a mentoring program and graduation from high school.
  • Robert B. and Dorothy Pence Scholarship Fund (1997) For economically disadvantaged Lee County students to attend college or technical school.
  • Chet and Janett Perry Scholarship Fund (2006) For a student pursuing a career in accounting.
  • Faye Lynn Roberts Education Scholarship Fund (2002) For women pursuing a career in technical studies, court reporting, computer training, or nursing.
  • David G. Robinson Arts Scholarship Fund (1999) Tuition for Lee County high school seniors who plan to study the arts in an accredited school.
  • Sanibel Community Church Scholarship Fund: Next Generation Fund Trust (2008) For child or grandchild of a member of Sanibel Community Church.
  • City of Sanibel Employee Dependent Scholarship Fund (2005) For dependents of Sanibel City employees to attend a college or university.
  • Robert C. & Margaret A. Schikora Scholarship Fund (1988) For needy students who have previously graduated from high schools in Lee County to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities.
  • John M. & Mary A. Shanley Memorial Scholarship  (2001) For a 4-year scholarship to students studying medicine, law, dentistry, teaching (math & science), ministry, engineering, accounting, agriculture, architecture, or computer science.
  • Ellen Sheppard Scholarship Fund (2010) For a Lee County high school senior or a graduate currently enrolled in an accredited college or university pursuing a degree in art (specifically visual arts—painting, photography, or sculpture) or nursing.
  • Jay Sheppard Memorial Scholarship Fund (1980) For a Bishop Verot student in financial need.
  • John and Ellen Sheppard Humane Student Scholarship (2011) For high school seniors with a belief in a universal creator of life who are actively involved in school and student life with a commitment to help others through volunteer work in community, charitable, or religious organizations.
  • Anne Sturrock Nursing Scholarship Fund (2001) For a student pursuing nursing who is a member, or a child of a member, of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Cape Coral.
  • Edna & Felix Swain Scholarship Fund (2003) For a student going to college who is a parishioner of Mount Olive Church.
  • Southwest Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association Fund (2006) For high school students who are dependents of law enforcement officers.
  • John I. & Madeleine R. Taeni Scholarship Fund (2002) For students pursuing degrees in teaching, nursing, paramedic training, or emergency medical technician training.
  • Quality Life Center/Emma Lee Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund (1999) For high school graduates affiliated with Quality Life Center to pursue further education.
  • Richard S. Thompson and Marion L. Thompson Memorial Fund (2008) For Lee County students pursuing a post high school science education.
  • United Christian Giving/Hodges University Scholarship Fund (2005) For a Hodges University student from a Christian nonprofit supported by United Christian Giving.
  • Frances H. Waldron Scholarship Fund (2010) For a high school graduate of Immokalee High School in the current school year with a grade point average within the range of (and including) 3.2 to 3.4.
     

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