Community Foundation

    $1.4 Million Annually for Students in Collier County

    Here's how you can receive some of that too!

    1. Complete the Collier Scholars Common Application

    Applying for scholarships has never been easier! By completing one online application, you’ll be considered for 80+ scholarship opportunities. The Collier Scholars Common Application for the 2022-23 academic year awards will open November 1, 2021 – February 14, 2022. Please begin gathering the items needed using the drop-down list below. Here's what you need:

    ☐ List of awards/recognition received in the past 1-3 years

    ☐ List of volunteer/employment/extracurricular activities in which you have participated in the last 1-3 years

    ☐ Unofficial academic transcript for current academic year

    • high school seniors and current college students must include fall semester grades

    ☐  Two letter(s) of recommendation from within the last year written by professional or academic contacts (please do not use family members or friends)

    ☐ An up-to-date resume

    Answers to the following essay topics:

    Describe your educational and career goals (Personal Statement)

    ☐  Describe a person, event, or activity that has helped shape you into who you are today (Person You are Today)

    ☐ How you make or plan to make a difference in your community, and how your education/career will help you to improve your community and become a leader (Community Impact)

    The following financial information:

    ☐ Page 1 & 2 of the most recent 1040 tax form (2 year’s prior taxes—for the 2022-2023 academic year application, use 2020 taxes)

    • Needed to verify household adjusted gross income
    • Applicants considered “dependent” for financial aid (FAFSA) purposes will need to submit parent(s)/guardian(s) tax returns
    • Applications considered “independent” for financial aid (FAFSA) purposes will need to submit their own tax returns     

    If you need help determining your dependency status, please visit the Federal Student Aid website 

    Apply here:


    2. Search for Scholarships!

    Searching for scholarships has never been easier! Scholarship Connector is a centralized search engine that connects local students to numerous local, state, and national scholarships.

    Start searching here:


    3. Check your scholarship portal

    Students who have already applied, or who have been awarded, can login to their secure portal to see the status of their scholarship applications, renewals, and awards 24/7.