Scholarships

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  • Here are a few examples of the many scholarships available. PLEASE pay attention to the deadlines. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. There are many more on the www.swflscholarships.org website. Some are for sports, for being a female, for college major and many more. Contact your SCHOOL COUNSELOR ASAP if you have any questions!! 

    VFW:  Cpl. Stanley Lapinski Memorial Scholarship Application   

    DUE:  March 29, 2021

    • This scholarship is available to veterans and relatives of veterans residing in Collier County, Florida.
    • This scholarship is to be used for colleges or certified/approved trade schools or institutes at the secondary or post-secondary level.
    • This scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of financial need.
    • Proof of the applicant’s veteran’s status or relationship to a veteran (DD14/discharge papers/list of awards, short history of service) must be included with the application.
    • Recipients of this scholarship must be United States citizens and must attend schools located in the United States.
    • Essays and photographs of recipients may be used for promotional purposes.
    • Recipients will be notified by telephone.

     If interested, please stop by Guidance to pick up an application. 



    American Legion Auxiliary

    Available to a graduating female high school senior from Collier County.

    The American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships believes that the more knowledge our young people gain, the better citizens they will become. That is why the organization is so committed to education. Investing in the education of our young people is investing in the future of our country. Scholarships are available to a female.

      Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

    • Official Transcripts
    • Tax / IRS documents of parent/guardian to show need
    • An essay stating "Why you want or need the scholarship"

     *Award amount:

    • Six (6)$500 scholarships will be awarded to deserving students. 

    Steps to apply:

    • Student to complete the CCPS application and submit it to the head school counselor. 
    • Submit application and supporting documents by March 1, 2021.

     Additional requirements include:

    • Official Transcripts
    • Tax / IRS documents of parent/guardian to show need
    • An essay stating "Why you want or need the scholarship" 

    A student may apply using the CCPS application and to submit it to the head school counselor.

     CLICK HERE to view application


    Cancer Alliance of Naples: KidsCAN Scholarship 

    An applicant for a KIDSCAN Scholarship must have a link to Cancer, whether it is the student applicant who has/had cancer, or the student’s parent or sibling. Doctor’s proof is required or a death certificate if the applicant’s parent or sibling passed away from cancer. No other relatives with cancer, including grandparents, can be considered as immediate family members when applying for this scholarship.

    Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

    • KidsCAN Scholarships are awarded annually to 2 or more Collier County graduating high school seniors (from any high school) who are pursuing a higher education. This includes colleges and universities, trade and business schools, or other post-high school training.
    • An applicant must have maintained a 3.0 GPA or above throughout his/her high school career. High School transcripts are required 
    • High school transcript is required. Special cases will be taken into consideration if the student has/had cancer.
    • An applicant must reside in Collier or Lee County for at least one full year including senior year.
    • 50 hours of community service are required by an applicant at the time of application’s submission.

     Awards amount:

    • The number of scholarship awarded vary each year. This fund generally awards scholarships in the amount of $500-$2,500.

    American Legion Post 135 Scholarship

    Available to a high school senior who is a child or grandchild of a Veteran

    The American Legion Post 135 Scholarship offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. Each year, the Legion facilitates the awarding of millions of dollars in scholarships to high school students. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.  

     Scholarship Eligibility Requirement:

    ·         High School Senior 

    ·         Grandchild of a Veteran

    ·         Must attend the following high schools BARRON COLLIER HS, GOLDEN GATE HS, GULF COAST HS, LELY HS, NAPLES HS, PALMETTO RIDGE.

     Preference Guidelines: 

    1.    Child or grandchild of a Veteran 

    2.    ROTC Membership

    3.    Child or grandchild of American Legion Member (includes Sons, Auxiliary)

    4.    Strong Community Service

    5.    Need

      * Award Amount:

    ·          Six (6) $500 scholarships to be provided to deserving high school seniors.

      Steps to apply:

    Additional requirements include:

    ·         Download and complete Collier public school application

    ·         Attach Official transcripts (most recent course work)

    ·         A personal statement in 100 words or more on the following:

    Explain why you feel you merit consideration as an application for an award or scholarship. You may wish to include education goals and any unusual circumstances (financial, personal, etc). Supply information that may be of assistance in considering your application.

    ·         Attach Letter of recommendation from a non-related individual

    ·         Submit completed application and supporting document by April 15,2021 DEADLINE.

    ·         Student to complete CCPS application and mail application to: American Legion Post 135

     Questions, contact Anita Zimmerman, Secretary, American Legion Unit 135  anitazim@gmail.com  

     CLICK HERE to view application

    Student to complete CCPS application and mail application to:

    American Legion Post 135
    2296 East Tamiami Trail
    Naples, FL 34112


    Dr. Ethel Trygstad Scholarship

    The Dr. Ethel Trygstad Scholarship was established by The Collier County Medical Society. This scholarship is available for college, university, or vocational education for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field as an MD, DO, PA, RN, ARNP, or LPN.

    Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

    • Applicant MUST be a graduating Senior.
    • Unweighted GPA of 3.5
    • MUST be pursuing a career as MD, DO, PA, RN, ARNP, LPN or medical technician. 

    **Award amounts:

    • The number of awards vary each year. This fund generally awards scholarships up to $2,000.

     Steps to apply:

    • Download and complete the attached application by CLICKING HERE
    • One (1)Official School Transcript (in a sealed envelope)
    • One (1)High School Resume (unless filled out on the form)
    • One(1) Letter of Recommendation from a Science or Math teacher
    • Answer a100-300 word essay on the following: Why you are interested in a healthcare career.
    • Mail or email application with supporting documents on or BEFORE April 5 DEADLINE (Envelopes should be postmarked by this date) 

    The Wilhemina Pittman Textbook Scholarship

    DUE: June 1, 2021

    Named in honor of his mother, Wilhelmina Pittman, Attorney Sean Pittman founded the Wilhelmina Foundation to provide college textbooks to students across the state of Florida. While Sean attended Florida State University, he worked and received loans for tuition, but he always struggled to afford books. Recognizing that students still face these financial difficulties, Sean founded the Wilhelmina Foundation to provide textbook scholarships to hundreds of students that find themselves in similar need.
    If you have any questions concerning the scholarship award or the application, please reach out to our organization at info@wilhelminafoundation.com or call (850) 216-1002.

    Wilhemina Pittman Memorial Textbook Scholarship Application


    Italian Heritage and Academic Excellence Scholarship

    Application Information

    The Italian American Society of Marco Island annually awards a scholarship of $1,000 to a senior in Collier County who exhibits academic excellence. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the highest level of Italian language offered at their high school, and/or plan on enrolling in Italian Studies in College.

    Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

    ·         Be of Italian ancestry/heritage.

    ·         Be a graduating senior in a Collier County High School.

    ·         GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

    ·         Continue his/her education at an institute of higher learning.

    *Award Amount:

    ·         One (1) $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a senior of ITALIAN HERITAGE in COLLIER COUNTY who exhibits ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE. 

    Steps to apply:

    ·         Three (3) letters of recommendation on school stationery from Two (2) academic teachers, and One (1) club adviser who specifies the level of leadership and participation.

    ·         One (1) Official High school Transcript.

    ·         Write an essay on the following:

    Candidate's statement explaining his/her Italian Italian heritage, the influence of Italian culture on his/her upbringing; academic achievements, plans for higher education and why he/she should be considered for this scholarship.

    ·         A candidate’s statement explaining his/her Italian lineage, the influence of Italian culture on his/her upbringing, academic achievements, plans for higher education, and why he/she should be considered for this scholarship.

    ·         Submit application and supporting documents by February 15, 2021 DEADLINE.


    **NoteApplications that are incomplete and/or lack an OFFICIAL transcript will not be considered by the Scholarship Committee.

    The award will be presented on the first Wednesday of April at the Italian American Society’s meeting on Marco Island.


    Application packet must be postmarked on or before February 15 and should be mailed to:

    Italian American Society of Marco Island
    c/o Hon. Rae Chamberlain
    125 Greenview Street
    Marco Island, FL 34145


    The Bruce L. Scheiner MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARD 2021

    This AWARD ACKNOWLEDGES EXTRAORDINARY COMMUNITY SERVICE BY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. Applications including an essay are due by April 2, 2021.

    Make A Difference Information

    Make A Difference 2021 Application


    CCPS I Dare You! Award

    The I Dare You award was created in 2008 as a means to support migrant students as they prepare for success after high school. The idea for this award stems from the book, I Dare You! by William H. Danforth. Through enlightening anecdotes and heartfelt advice, the author encourages readers to take control of their lives and become the happy, fulfilled people they have always dreamed of being.  

    All Applications must be submitted by March 5, 2021.

    I Dare You Award Application 


    The Gene Doyle Memorial Foundation Adventure Scholarship

    Informational Flier

    Invitation for juniors and seniors in Collier County to apply for their adventure scholarship! Below is a link to a video illustrating the type of adventure trip students might have. This opportunity helps build self-confidence, resilience, and independence!

    Adventure Video

    What: Gene Doyle Adventure Scholarship 

    Why: The scholarship awards a student up to $5,500 for an outdoor adventure trip   

    When: Structured trips are scheduled with one of the three programs. Dates, location, and activities vary.  

    Eligibility: Must be a high school junior or senior or a College Freshmen, a Collier County resident, and between the ages 16 and 21 

    How to Apply: Apply online at https://www.genedoyle.org/applications; or email this application to krisdoyle@comcast.net  

    Application Deadline: Friday, March 12, 2021 

     


    Marine Corps League of Naples

    Available to high school senior with Us Marine Corps or FMF Corpsman lineage

    In 1998, ET Brisson Detachment instituted a program to offer scholarships to graduating Collier County High School students each year.

    This scholarship is NOT managed by the Community Foundation of Collier Count, please see contact information below..

    Eligibility:

    • Must have US Marine Corps or FMF Corpsman lineage i.e. father, mother, or grandparent must have been honorably discharged or is still serving in the United States Marine Corps or the United States Navy as FMF Corpsman
    • Have a 0 GPAor better
    • Enrollment in a2- or 4-year college/university
    • Graduating from a Collier County High School
    • Applicant has demonstrated leadership ability (such as ROTC, sports team or community volunteer program)
    • Applicant must provide a copy of a DD214 Form CLICK HEREto visit the U.S. National Archives, Veteran Services Records website to learn more)
    • Provide transcripts
    • Letter of Recommendation attesting to your leadership abilities.
    • Essay of 75-100 wordsanswering the following question: Why are you deserving of this scholarship?

    Award:

    • Four (4) $500 scholarships will be awarded to deserving students. 

    To apply for this scholarship PLEASE CLICK HERE 

    Application and documents should be mailed to:

    Mike Nurmikko
    E.T. Brisson Detachment 063
    PO Box 8971
    Naples, Fl 34101


    FGCU Foundation Scholarship: (DUE: March 1, 2021, Priority Deadline: Jan. 1, 2021)

    FGCU Foundation Scholarship Application


    Schulze Family Foundation College Scholarship

    What You’ll Need to Complete Your Application by March 1, 2021:

    • The name and email address of the high school official who will upload your official high school transcript
    • A resume of participation, achievement and leadership
    • Names and email addresses of three people from whom you will request letters of recommendation (two must be from high school teachers/staff)
    • An essay in 500 words or less: The pandemic has impacted all of us in many ways. Share one or two positive things you have learned about yourself based upon your experiences during the pandemic.
    • Electronic Student Aid Report (SAR)

    You’ll Have Until April 1, 2021 to Submit This:

    • Financial Aid Notification of Award

    The College Scholarship portal will be open for 2021-22 applications on Jan 6, 2021 through Mar 1, 2021. Apply here.


    Darlene Nielson Memorial Scholarship

    The Darlene Nielson Memorial scholarship is available to all Collier County seniors (public & private) who will be attending a college or university within Florida.  This is NOT a needs-based scholarship.

    Scholarship Eligibility Requirement:

    • CCPS Standard paper application 
    • Personal statement
    • Resume
    • Transcript
    • Letter of recommendation from a school representative

     *Award amount:

    • One(1) $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student.

     Steps to apply:

    Applicants must submit:

    • Standard application
    • Personal statement
    • Resume
    • Transcript
    • Letter of recommendation from a school representative.
    • Mail completed application and supporting document by March 1, 2021 DEADLINE.
    • VISIT HERE FOR APPLICATION

    William S Gentry Scholarship

    Available to high school seniors for outstanding civic responsibility and excellence in scholarship.

    The William S. Gentry Student Scholarship award recognizes deserving seniors each year. The award is named for Gentry, a former Marco Island bureau chief and columnist for the Naples Daily News. This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors looking to continue their education. 

    Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

    • Complete and submit CCPS paper application to your school's head counselor.
    • Submit an application on or BEFORE March 12, 2021 DEADLINE.

     *Award Amount:

    • The number of awards vary each year. This fund generally awards scholarships up to $1,000.

     Steps to apply:

    • Turn in the completed CCPS paper application to your school's head counselor BEFORE March 12, 2021 DEADLINE.

    Awarded number of students varies each year. 


    Youth Free Expression Film Contest

    Watch What you #Tweet!  $1,000 DUE: 04/15/2021

    Mail completed application and supporting documents to:

    Barbara Rougraff
    122 Carica Road
    Naples, FL 34108

    Students can also email applications or questions to brougraff@gmail.com

    Available to contestants age 19 or YOUNGER living in the US (but need not be citizens)

    The National Coalition Against Censorship is an alliance of nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting free expression and fighting censorship in all its forms. NCAC's Youth Free Expression Program and Scholarship confront the kinds of censorship young people encounter on a daily basis through education and programs that empower young people to safely navigate and participate in contemporary culture.

    Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

    • Filmmakers may be of any nationality but MUST be living in the United States or its territories (such as Puerto Rico) at the time of submission.
    • All members of the filmmaking crew MUSTbe age 19 or younger on the day the film is submitted. Actors or interviewees in the film can be any age. If working under the direction of a teacher, mentor, or parent, that person must describe his/her role in detail.
    • All films MUSTbe uploaded to the YFEP Film Freeway page NO LATER than Sunday, April 15, 2021.
    • Films CANNOTexceed FOUR MINUTES, including credits.
    • All entries must be accompanied by an artist’s statement (no more than 500 words) explaining the artist’s intended message, the creative process, and technical accomplishments. All participants should be identified and their roles in the film stated.

    **Award Amount

    The top three (3) filmmakers will receive cash prizes.

    • One(1) first place $1,000
    • One (1)second place $500
    • One (1)third place $250
    • The first place winner will ALSO receive a scholarship to the New York Film Academy.

    Steps to apply:

    1. All films must be uploaded to the YFEP Film Freeway page NO LATER than Sunday, April 15, 2021.
    2. Films cannot exceed FOUR MINUTES, including credits.
    3. All films MUSTaddress the topic: "Fight the Power: Why (Your) Protest Matters!” 
    4. All members of the filmmaking crew MUSTbe age 19 or younger on the day the film is submitted. Actors or interviewees in the film can be any age. If working under the direction of a teacher, mentor, or parent, that person must describe his/her role in detail.
    5. Films may be submitted by teams, however, please note that for each winning film, any prize money will be split evenly among the team members and scholarship opportunities may be limited.
    6. All entries must be accompanied by an artist’s statement(no more than 500 words) explaining the artist’s intended message, the creative process, and technical accomplishments. All participants should be identified and their roles in the film stated.
    7. The film must be accompanied by the tagline "This film was created for the National Coalition Against Censorship" in the credits.
    8. Winning filmmakers will be asked to submit a DVD copy of their film and to sign a release form granting the National Coalition Against Censorship the rights to use, display or distribute the film in carrying out the National Coalition Against Censorship's educational mission. The National Coalition Against Censorship does not limit the original creator's use of the work in any way. 

    For more information: visit contest rules and frequently asked questions. You can also check out the previous years' winners at our Youth Film Contest project page. Submit your application online here.

    Film your response in 4 minutes or less. Entries can be videos of any kind, including documentary, animation, experimental, satire, fictional narrative, or music video.  All films must be produced in 2019-2020 and address the contest theme.

    Contestants MUST be either living in the U.S. or its territories (but need not be citizens) and must be age 19 or younger on the day the film is submitted. Films will be judged on content, artistic and technical merit, and creativity. Judges will be drawn from a panel of renowned writers, actors, and filmmakers

    Questions? Contact Youth Free Expression Program Associate Josh Zuckerman at joshz@ncac.org.


    Collier County Education Association (CCPS Application)  DUE: 


    Naples Interagency Council Scholarship ( Pick up application in Guidance)  DUE: 


    “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society (Pick up application in Guidance) DUE: 


    The Naples Luxury Team Scholarship  (info in guidance)  DUE: 


    Shawn King Scholar Athlete Award (CCPS Application)

    Will be providing scholarship to deserving seniors. Since 2003, 42 scholarships have been awarded totaling $126,000. This year's awards include a $10,000 scholarship and (2) $1,000 scholarships. This organization wants to give more than 2 one-time scholarships this year. DUE  


    Cypress Lodge No. 295 (info in guidance) DUE 


    Winged Foot Scholarship

    (click here for info and downloadable application) Each year, the Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation reviews nominees made by all local high schools and selects a winner at the annual banquet. Due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, we are saddened to announce that the award banquet has been canceled. The good news is that the scholarship will still be awarded! We will conduct video interviews and announce the nominee at the conclusion of the interview process. Each school’s nominee will receive a $5,000 award, and the overall winner will receive an additional award of $2,500 per year for 4 years as they attend college. The qualifications are quite specific, so please review the criteria to be sure you qualify before applying. The application asks for 2 letters of recommendation and a transcript. Please allow sufficient time to acquire the required documents as so many people are working through modified means. DUE 


    Barron Collier High School All Sports Booster Club Athlete/Citizenship of the Year Award 

    (click here for info and application). Completed applications should be submitted to Boosters President, Stacy Bradley at smbt3@comcast.net. The All Sports Booster Club is awarding a one-time scholarship to senior male and female student/athletes in good standing at Barron Collier High School who have excelled in their chosen sport(s) and are active members in their community.

    Winner: $1,000 presented to the top male and female athletes

    Runner-Up: $500 presented to the male and female athletes

    Citizenship Award: $250 presented to the male and female athletes

    DUE 


    Davis Scholarship (info in guidance) DUE


    PB&J Scholarship (info in guidance) DUE 


    FAFSA Bright Futures & Scholarships

    FAFSA Bright Futures & Scholarships Video

    FAFSA Survey (Due: November 1, 2020)


     Founders Fund

    DUE FEBRUARY 22, 2021 to GUIDANCE OFFICE

    Selection is based on academic merit and/or financial need.  The selection process is guided by the following:

    • A 3.0 weighted GPA for the past two years of high school
    • a minimum composite SAT of 920 or ACT 19
    • Gross family income (58,106) 80%=46,484.  There may be extenuating circumstances which allow the board to grant a scholarship when family is above the stated ceiling, but not in excess of75,000.These circumstances include , among other, a large family at home, other children presently attending college, financially burdensome medical problems, parents or providers unemployed, or other extenuating circumstances that give rise to financial hardship.
    • A copy of page 1 of parents' most recent 1040 tax form and a copy of pages 6&7 of the FAFSA.
    • Two written recommendations from a teacher and another from an adult (other than a family member) well acquainted with the student. 
    • Personal interviews with applicants will be held at their respective high schools through arrangements with their Guidance Counselors.
    • Applicant evaluation of both extra-curricular activities and community involvement.
    • Picture of applicant

    Scholarships are made for one year at a time.  If the recipient maintains a 3.00 weighted GPA for the previous two semesters, the grant is renewable each year until the student graduates from a two or four year college or university.  It is the student's responsibility to keep the Founders Fund informed and apprised of their grades and enrollment status.  Checks are mailed to the college or university.

    Founders-Fund-Scholarship-App 2021.pdf